Drawing Art Gallery CHAOS

One of the contemporary interpreters of writings in stone, which the processes of the changing features of the Earth’s surface have set as traces in time, is Branislav Perić, esthetician and mycologist. The union of these two interests only appears unusual at first glance, if one knows that as a philosopher and a natural scientist he has discovered his domain by setting out from the “two ends;” true, not simultaneously, but he has reached them on time, with the same scientific and artistic objective. Namely, this creator is among the very few who observe science and nature integrally and inter-conditionally, while inspiringly engaging in the triad: esthetics - nature - art. He has created a distinguished series of photographs of “writings in stone” with a refined sensitivity for the natural and artistic form, or more precisely, the figural in natural. Merging scientific patience and artistic sensitivity, Branislav Perić has entered deep into the traces of the petromorphic state of the structure of matter, form and colour of the stone.

Due to his brilliant knowledge of modern digital processes, those insights were reinforced by his son Ilija, the co-author of this exhibition, who, at the same time, proved to be a connoisseur of the artistic possibilities of photography.

The series of photographs, which reveal artistic sensations on the surface of stone, portray Branislav Perić as an artist who is able to observe, see and translate nature’s peculiarities into meaning of a higher order form. The scenes of a fine stone texture,  cared for by rain, sun and wind, small indents and creative encounters of cracks in the stone mass, and the division of those cracks by illustrated horizontals and verticals in the photographs of  Branislav Perić open a new world of events on the stone and in the stone.  The translation is done in such a way as to create, from general places, a highly nurtured degree of esthetic form. Through it, in this case, again in a natural way, “the selection has been made” of the natural form’s survival for which the creator goes out of his way.

Kosta Bogdanović

Branislav R. Perić

Born in Niš in 1950. He completed secondary school in Peć and graduated from the Faculty of Philosophy (Philosophy Major) in Belgrade. In the course of his studies and later, he published works in the fields of literature and esthetics in Književnost, Delo, Stvaranja, Dijalog, Obeležja, Izraz, Lica, Luča and other magazines. Since 1992 he has been mainly involved in research in the field of mycology. He has published over 100 scientific and professional works, reference books and articles. He is the editor-in-chief of the magazine Mycologia Montenegrina.
He is currently preparing a photo monographic study titled The Fungi and the Flowers of Montenegro.
Independent exhibitions:
  • Belgrade 1983, (sculpture)
  • Podgorica, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2004 (photography)
  • Ljubljana, 1998 (photography)
  • Herceg Novi, 2000, 2001(photography)
  • Zagreb, 2001(photography)
  • Tivat, 2004 (photography)

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