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The ridiculous, mundane, and religious all come together in Cizmic’s sculpture to push out our own internal meditations, contemplations and realisations. So as to reach a common platform of profound understanding. How does Cizmic propose to achieve this? Simple really – he gives us stark sculptures that are like sponges. Waiting for us to ascribe meaning to them from our own world-view, reference points and experiences. We quickly then make assumptions, and through them we are guided to ‘conclusions’. These, we soon realise are tied to universal ‘truths’. Thus reaching that common platform where Cizmic is waiting with yet another proverbial potion to take us down the rabbit hole! His installations often contradict and challenges itself and the viewers.
This Bosnian artist Seyo Cizmic is an internationally recognized and lives and works in San Diego, California. Born in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1958, he studied art at University of Fine Arts in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Here he earned his Masters degree in Fine Arts in 1986, specializing in painting.
Why Seyo Cizmic?
“My current body of work is focused on creating artwork that will both inform and entertain the viewer through images of our everyday experiences. I believe every person has a story to tell, and I attempt to capture that story in the space all stories reveal themselves. My work is playful yet serious – it is influenced by the images and iconography from popular, contemporary culture, including advertising, music, television and magazines.”
Seyo Cizmic raises much needed questions about the human condition today. And provides commentary on the nonsensical way people think, feel and act- in relation to the self and other. He has a humorous presentation through the absurd, representing the banal objects and mundane situations. Yet the works bear a tragic and profound meaning.
The artist exposes the irrational defining life, the patterns of human behavior and conflicting beliefs through surreal imagery. Through the eyes of a skilled and patient observer of reality’s tumultuous spectacle. The unsettling intersections of apparently antithetical ideas and visually powerful concepts are meant to extract the observer out of their comfort zone. And challenge him to think about new dimensions of the story beyond the safe and accepted interpretations.
Usually connected to highlight the cause and effect, religion and war are recurrent themes in the art of Seyo Cizmic. He intends to question the true/veiled intentions and rewards behind the official discourses of dishonest empowerment. Cherishing violence in the name of greed. Once the false ‘heroes’ are revealed to have the feet of clay that they wear, authority can be disputed and dismissed. As in the case of Everyone Has a Song in Their Hearts. This helps one understand the greatness of the artist’s endeavour. Guiding us to finally hear the inner song, note by note until lucidity overcomes dissonance.
While Bosnian Born is intended to celebrate the human spirit, the artists acknowledge that they have been shaped by the war. “I still remember the smell of blood in the air,” said Cizmic. “I know that influenced me for sure.’’
The artworks are extremely close in concept and execution, idea and the way that they perform and act out.
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