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ISSN 1409-6900 | UDK 82+7     Blesok no. 46 | volume IX | January-February, 2006



                     Peer-reviewed journal
Blesok no. 46January-February, 2006
Gallery Reviews

The Master and the Comment

(Aleksandar Stankovski, exhibition at Cultural center Tocka)

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Ljuben Paunoski

In the twentieth year of his acquiring the academic “license” for professional esthetic drive on big and small topics through the serious irony of life and times, Aleksandar Stankovski exhibits only nineteen paintings. By chance or on purpose, but the way of thinking of the artist indicates allusions to the ceremonialisms of the social, political, religious and other types of drives for various personal and collective idolatries, finalities, symbolic un-dryings of the time.

    Stankovski has read the signs of his time, he thinks abotu them and practices them artistically, and at the same time in fragments or in tehe very signs of the “new” artisanship he shows a mastery of the history of the autonomous area of painting. Let us only recall the “Ala Disney Last Supper” of 1991 or the parody of Hitler (an aspirant for a “soter”-savior), striking in their topics and demystification of the “big” topics, issues, personalities, but also in the comments of the educated and incisive person. Stankovski has applied the art of the visual media of 20th century, from movable images to the “infantile” magi of the cartoons, comics, caricature. It is in these media that the “big” topics are effectively twisted and placed in the “childish” and adventurous valleys of communication; while the world laughs and “joyfully” gives in to the same issues of good and evil, serious and unserious, possible and impossible, real and surreal. Wrapped in seriousness, strictness or divine norms they touch into the conscience and fragile spiritual baggage of the people.

Stankovski has not remained indifferent when showing or suggesting that these two lines are the same travel, and yet with different scripts. As the road to “flag of the bread of this world and the bread of that world”. In this mixed expression, the esthetics and spirituality (idea) of the painting are complete. In a humorous-grotesque paining expression, the issues of religion, sexuality and politics in these paintings open the memory to the “miracle, secret and authority”, the three unique big forces of this world since the Great Inquisition of Dostoyevsky. The question on what one should bow to/subdue to is open, but the need remains passionate. With respect to this, these seemingly easily cartoon-like paintings penetrate with the power of their thought and on these questions of the millennium speech of the Great Inquisition. The seriousness and humor that borders irony have been merged by this

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