In a context of a worldwide economical and ideological crisis, what can or should be the role of art?
AD gallery will present the most recent works of Manuel Ocampo and Mihael Milunovic who resolutely chose to take a stance. It is in fact not surprising that both come from countries that have been torn by colonial stigmata, harsh regimes and wars. Their works aim at putting into question ideological orders (cultural, religious, political). They deconstruct and expose the ambiguous function of ideological motives, symbols or emblems in the construction of identity. The two artists build fantastic worlds, each with his specific plastic vocabulary, which acquire a quality of hyperrealism, mirroring the harshness of identitarian tensions that run through our society.
Ocampo’s universe is characterized by a jubilant sarcasm that explodes in our faces, while Milunovic’s work has a form of insinuative coldness that sends shivers down our spines. They will thus be presented as two solo exhibitions (with a clear division in space), creating two worlds that deeply resonate.
Manuel Ocampo brilliantly mixes sacred baroque religious iconography with a secular political narrative, and stages the cruel inhuman effects of controversial ideological symbols. Masterfully mixing the codes of “low brow” with references to traditional “high art”, his works expose a certain comic vulgarity of the extreme situations they depict.
The work of Mihael Milunovic creates a deeply disquieting feeling that is more subterranean, an impression of a lurking threat. The manipulation of symbols as to make them unidentifiable (destroying their primary coalition function), the black holes and austere minimalist landscapes create a worrisome surreal universe. It is not a visceral scream, as in Ocampo’s work, but a cold disembodied and dehumanizing setting.