Sinisa Kukec found the building blocks of his new exhibit in the inscrutable nature of the soul, the laws of attraction, chance and chaos -- and the heaps of furniture in a dumpster behind a Little Haiti strip joint.
The 17 works in the Croatian-born artist's conceptually brawny solo show, "LOVELIKETHEUNIVERSE," range from installations to paintings to kinetic mirror pieces that all reflect a combination of an earthy street sense and a heady philosophy.
The exhibit, on view at Spinello Projects in Wynwood, is inspired by a tome of the same name, the collected social media writings of Croatian author Isha Rose Servitus. Kukec translated the book into English and uses the copies as a conceptual art piece that viewers can read on the spot or purchase. Kukec also includes snippets of Servitus's text in his works at the gallery, which will feature his show during this weekend's Second Saturday Art Walk beginning at 6 p.m.
"I've been working with her on the publication for over a year," Kukec says of Servitus. "She is a self-proclaimed misanthrope and Luddite. I have been both a conduit for her writings and a collaborator."
Kukec, who was born in Zagreb, moved as a toddler with his parents to Canada in 1972 during the height of the Cold War, when his folks sought to escape the turbulent politics destabilizing their homeland. He began making art as a teenager while living in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
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"I was attracted to making art by heavy-metal album covers," the 42-year-old recalls. "I was interested in Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Black Sabbath, and all that shit."