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Curios About: digitalmultiplex by Petar Dukic and Petar Odak

digitalmultiplex By Petar Dukic (illustration) and Petar Odak (text) Paper/pigment liner 0.2/multimarker + digital finishing

1. This work is about … emotions (is there a line between the instinctual and the socially conceptualized?), political solidarity, and comfort in a mythological/theological view of the world. It is an attempt to engage with our current social relations and the possibilities of an alternative. But our aim is never to position ourselves as a political preachers – it is to pose a question, to establish our art on shaky ground, to offer a dirty mirror, one that may give us a reflection, but a muddy and questionable one.

2. We made this work because … we feel this combination of illustrations and text is the best way to address the topics that occupy us. We are curious about people’s reactions to pictures and text separately, and also how they effect each other. Do they feel that text and illustrations are in line or contradictory to each other? Are the viewer’s emotions orchestrated by our preconceptions, and to what degree they can float free?

3. We hope that when people see this work they will … be confused, but still willing to engage with our work – question it, reframe it, love it, be irritated by it. We want them to feel strangeness, but strangeness that is captivating and inviting, not alienating.

4. In terms of art history, this work … is situated somewhere between traditional Japanese drawing, surrealism and street art; Ursula Le Guin and a mythological/theological view of the world. The combination of illustrations and literature brings to it the quality of a graphic novel.

5. You can see my work … on our Tumblr and our Facebook page.


“Curios About …” is a series featuring works by Dublin artists. Each artist is asked to submit an image of one work and answer a set of questions about it. We’d love it if you’d submit something you’ve made, here.

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Sam Tranum is deputy editor of Dublin Inquirer. He's been a newspaper reporter, a newspaper editor, an assistant professor of journalism, an author and a book editor, among other things. You can follow him @samtranum.

 

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