ATHOS ONGARO & DAMJAN DJAKOV. VAGABOND. 24.03 - 25.04.2015
Vagabond. Athos Ongaro & Damjan DJakov.
24 March - 25 April, 2015
The idea of the exhibition is the result of long years of friendship and interweaving creative path of two artists: Athos Ongaro and Damjan Djakov.
Damjan Djakov was born in Belgrade in 1959. Upon completion of the Academy of Fine Arts in Belgrade Damjan went to Italy. Soon after it Damjan exhibited at private galleries and took part in art fairs in Italy (1994 - big exhibition in Venice, with the participation of Victoria Cohen, director of the Museum of Modern Art of Bologna) and in Europe, New York (1992 - with the participation of Daniel Ecker, director of the Museum of Modern Art in Trento) and in Belgrade (1999 - Museum of Modern Art) . Djakov spent about twenty years in Italy and several years in Sri Lanka. After great success Damjan Djakov back to Serbia where he continues his work in his studio in Ada.
Athos Ongaro was born in Venice in 1947. His first solo exhibition took place in 1970 at the Bertesca gallery in Milan. After it there were numerous solo and group exhibitions (Milan, Florence, Rome, Dusseldorf,
New York,... ). Having had a great success in sculpturing and painting, Athos, followed his Love, came to Belgrade, where he stayed up to now to live and create in the studio at central Belgrade street.
Being sharing the studio for a while in Italy, today Damjan and Athos continue their friendship in Belgrade. And now, after many years of interweaving creative path, artists are coming together at joint exhibition Vagabond at the Art Gallery Canvas.
Vagabond exhibition showcases 19 paintings of Athos Ongaro and Damjan Djakov, and two of them are amazing four-hands work. The paintings have a common theme of Vagabond, its philosophical and existential spirit that characterised the life of these two artists .
Vagabond. Why Vagabond?
24 March - 25 April , 2015.
Vagabond exhibition showcases 19 paintings of Athos Ongaro and Damjan Djakov, and two of them are amazing four-hands work. The paintings have a common theme of Vagabond, its philosophical and existential spirit that characterised the life of these two artists.
Vagabond, The Fool, The Jester, Traveler , Tramp ...
It is Zero Tarot card. The card of Vagabond depicts as the man who walking unknowingly toward the brink of a precipice. He wears ragged clothes and carries a stick on his back. He appears to be getting chased away by a dog who doesn't let him to turn the side …
Vagabond is the zero reference. In front of him is the only freedom and new life, and so freedom here is a certain condition because everything is obsoleted inside out. Breakthrough in freedom is absolutely necessary, even if it is an abyss. Vagabond does not regret the past and does not afraid to fall over the edge because his fall is up but not down.
Vagabond is a traveler. He is always on his way. The movement and the conquest of distance for him is the meaning of life, because if you're not on the way you're off the trail. Vagabond is always on the way and so has no home, his home is the whole world. He always accepts someone else's way of life but always keeps his roots. His home is the point where it all began. Vagabond carries in itself the beginning and the end .
By conquering the space and time Vagabond masters and examines himself, guided by the quest for love, art, by the thirst for the unknown ... HIs only reliable prop is a sense of personal freedom, and therefore the spirit of freedom is always above the abyss.
Vagabond always welcomes those who are willing to share with him the way. He knows that Fortune smiles upon the brave, but he knows also about her transience, so the companion is always welcome.
And with the knowledge that they will never reach the skyline, they once again embark on a journey to meet New and Unknown, as it is their recognition of themselves in this world …
Vagabond. Damjan Djakov
Damjan Djakov, painter and sculptor, was born in Belgrade in 1959. Upon completion of the Academy of Fine Arts in Belgrade Damjan went to Italy. Soon after it Damjan exhibited at private galleries and took part in art fairs in Italy (1994 - big exhibition in Venice, with the participation of Victoria Cohen, director of the Museum of Modern Art of Bologna) and in Europe, New York (1992 - with the participation of Daniel Ecker, director of the Museum of Modern Art in Trento) and in Belgrade (1999 - Museum of Modern Art ). Djakov spent about twenty years in Italy and several years in Sri Lanka. After great success Damjan Djakov back to Serbia where he continues his work in his studio in Ada.
While living in Italy Damjan met the works of Italian contemporary artists (Transavantgarde, Hypermanierism ....) who had actually returned the painting to the centre of artistic interest by citing the experience and works of the past. Although Damjan did not fit into the aforementioned movements, he had much in common with them and developed a distinctive style. Unlike the Italian painters who had based it on their past, Damjan pulled its stylisation and simplification, inspired by a fresco and icon painting of Serbian tradition. His distinctive modern expression influenced by pop culture, dazzling fashion and by the colours of new expressionism - meet in a neoexhistencial figuration what finds the roots in Magrits understanding of surrealism and metaphysics .
Damjan rejected any interpretations of his works. Thus, as a true Vagabond he keeps moving on out of any influences, frames and classifications.
Damjan Djakov: "When thirty-five years ago I got off a train and found myself between the Apuan Alps and the Tyrrhenian Sea, in sunny Versilia, I could have never dream how this journey through time and space was permanently to change me and the world around me. Among the first artists I met in Italy was Athos Ongaro, with whom I occasionally shared apartment and studio, and exhibited together in Italy and abroad. Meanwhile, each of us went on personal journeys (America, India, Ceylon) until we finally met again in Belgrade. Over time we changed our roles, I made sculptures while he decided to paint. As I became a citizen of Italy, Athos is now in the same position in Belgrade. That is why we have decided to leave this testimony of our connections."
Damjan Djakov: "We think that the idea is eternal, but the idea grows old as the nature does, an idea grows old as the man does. Some ideas from the past are inapplicable to the future. Why? Because they already lived their lives, have ended their story and such as they are now they could not be transferred in pure form."
Vagabond. Athos Ongaro.
Athos Ongaro, sculptor and painter, was born in Venice in 1947. His first solo exhibition took place in 1970 at the gallery Bertesca in Milan. After it there were numerous solo and group exhibitions (Milan, Florence, Rome, Dusseldorf, New York, ... ). Having had great success in sculpturing and painting, Athos, followed his Love, came to Belgrade, where he stayed up to now to live and create in the studio at central Belgrade street.
Athos is an artist whose works call into question any classification, and show that it actually leads man astray.
Whether the sculptures, bas-reliefs, mosaics or paintings - Athos works hide the universes of meanings, which are created by allusions and traces of great influences. Far from the trends and fashion Athos has built his poetic, which is based on the dissolution of any trend or style identification, and on the redistribution of topics and materials that are often encountered in the new parallel space.
Classic, baroque, post-modernism, minimalism and pop are the categories that are slightly shifted towards themselves and thus give Athos a space for expression of his special atmosphere. Athos examines the role of classical and on a modern way recovers classical and neoclassical art, and thus forms his own special style.
Athos sets cartoons and fairy tale characters, stone Moai heads or literature characters in the cosmic or neo-classical landscapes so they point their new meanings and set up many questions about what the reality actually is.
The artist suggests that risk-taking and acceptance of uncertainties of the future leads to the new roads and territories. Athos Ongaro is Vagabond in his journey through the magical world of modern art.
Athos Ongaro: "Love brought me to Belgrade, and as well as for most artists, love is the driving force for my creation. However, let us use its original name, Eros, because new names although include a multitude of functions, neglecting the original one - creator of space, time and all that is in it. Eros also established the bridges between man and the divine, what we did, with rationalist anger, destroyed through the time. As the old story told, his girlfriend, beautiful and curious Psyche, made a mess - and how to overcome the crisis could only be guessed. It is true that Leonardo said "Image is a mental thing" but for Vagabonds, as we are, the Night song of the nightingale which invigorates the heart is enough."
How we have prepared the exhibition
Invitations, katalogue, setting up the exhibition.
Exhibition open night
March 24, 2015.
Our guests, and the atmosphere of opening night.
Exhibition has been opened by Dragoljub Kojcic.
Exhibition at our gallery
March 24 - April 25, 2015.
Our gallery during Vagabond exhibition.
Media about Vagabond exhibition
March 24 - April 25, 2015.
+ numerous Internet web sites.
RTS. Diary of Cultural life.
March 24, 2015.
RTS shooted the exhibition opening night: starting from 3:15.
March 24, 2015.
Damjan Djakov and Boris Dragojevic about art.
Damjan Djakov - within Vagabond exhibition.
Vagabond is a travelling exhibition
March 24 - April 25, 2015.
For Vagabond exhibition exhists the possibility for travelling and guesting all over the world. If you feel close to the idea of Vagabond, you can host the exhibition at your gallery. There is the possibility of adding the more artists art works to this show in order to expand the theme of Vagabond.