Art historian Igor Vokoun
The horizon, vast open space or the scenery in general, are frequent themes and motives in paintings, and require originality and a recognizable mark of the painter’s style when trying to pinpoint their originality. The modern art technique allows the works to be carried out in various mediums, which all lead to a single goal which is finding the most adequate form of expression. Observing from a technical perspective, Snezana Crnoglavac’s paintings are carried out in a combinational technique on tin, in the panoramic format. All three technical aspects together form the effect which the artist seeks to explore in her work.
Combinational painting technique which requires various interventions such as scratching and adding layers in order to achieve the effect of a relief, combined with the reflective base of the tin, make the horizontal composition depicting tranquility that much more dramatic. The horizon is, looking at it from a compositional perspective, generally a calm form, whose melancholy Snezana disrupts by inserting vertical aspects, usually using various foliage, lampposts, or other industrial elements. By introducing verticals into the monotony of the composition, the author creates a dramatic rhythm and movement which add to the complexity of her work in a sense that it leaves room for exploring the psychological landscape from the perspective of the viewer. The source of inspiration derives from nature, but in some particular paintings it is evident to note the merging of nature and the industrial elements which add to the disbalance. Bringing attention to the co-existence of these two crucially different entities, the author notes the complexity of their existence in a shared space. Looking at the works as a whole, the landscapes of Snezana Crnoglavac explore the dual identity of the horizon as an inspiration and motifs- the models in motion. The identity of the calm and flat space with the identity of the dramatical and the whimsical form the works as a whole. The specifics of the technical approach behind the realization of the work unifies the sculptor Snezana and the painter Snezana…in order to showcase the emotional state.
Painter Danijela Gracner
Some other horizons, they line up in continuity, they interchange and move, they go around in a circle and never stop their centrifugal movement. The circular frieze stands with the viewer in its center. The centrifugal force draws you in and stretches you, pushes you to the very line of the horizon, while that very line writhes, tightens, stretches, vibrates and changes its colour and sound. Sometimes, the line is soft and warm, or sharp and smooth, dark and cold, quiet and small. The painted surfaces suggest the vast space, where the author herself carefully utilizes colour and with that reaches a minimalistic expression which supports and enhances the horizon. The material which she paints on comes together in form of an either a box-like, or lengthened form. The sound of metal almost radiates from the painted tin surfaces which are scratched with expression or with bravely peeled paint. It contributes to the cool colour scheme which evokes a feeling of Scandinavian landscapes. Flatlands and the sky. Water and the sky. The sky, torn apart by birds. The faint skyline of some unknown city. All of this serves the atmosphere which builds the author’s perception of the horizon. While you stand in the center, surrounded by paintings, you get the feeling that these endless horizons fly around your head, they beckon you and draw you in, but also remain somehow unreachable and distant. Every painted movement is just a suggestion, an achromatic dimension where both words and colours are on the same level and are visually absent, but are felt and implied. The horizons, in fragments, allude to the endlessness where we are left to wander alone, asking ourselves what it is that is enchanting and beckoning us to go further.
Art director Milica Lee Filipovski
It is easy to find oneself in Snezana Crnoglavac's paintings. The way in which her paintings realize themselves on the canvas and turn into concrete, almost tactile forms, is akin to a controlled explosion which only the artist herself can center and tame. Crnoglavac is a painter who works from her subconscious- that vulnerable, honest and pure place that one can find within the depths of one's soul. Her paintings are born as a result of a lasting moment. Painting for her is close to meditation. While she paints, she is somewhere deep within herself. Her painting tools and her body are there to facilitate a way for her depth to rise to the surface. She is lead by her intuition which dictates colour, movement, scale. While she creates her Horizons, they shape-shift with every movement of the brush. It could be said that her Horizons did not start as a depiction of a landscape, but that they chose their shape for themselves. Perhaps the painting started as a line which grew until it found its form. Perhaps it is the moments she spent on the shores of Denmark that awoke in her memory and gave a touch of that unique, Scandinavian melancholy to her blues. Or the burning auburns of vast savannas that perhaps she recalled from a dream. The painter leaves the meditative state once the painting is finished. Only she knows when the moment is right. Slowly she slips back into reality where she sees before herself all that she found within her thoughts, feelings, soul. This is the main reason why her paintings resonate with the viewer, who often has a feeling that those colours could very well be his own. Crnoglavac paints that which is not translatable into any other format. Her authentic style is a product of her innate and developed talent. Every time she creates she actually goes through a strenuous process- searching within her own self.
Gallery manager „Velimir A. Leković “ mr Milun Lutovac
It has been noted countless times that abundance and luxury on the surface just hide superficiality and the unreadiness to unriddle the secrets that surround us. If we are to speak the truth, it seems that there is no greater luxury, or abundance, than in the shores that surround us and the sky above them. The presence of the magical and drastic changes of the Mediterranean gets the eye accustomed to miracles, so much so that they become almost invisible. A superficial approach to the untamed Mediterranean palette usually ends up hanging up on the wall in form of a kitschy, cheap interior. The fallacy is that the luxury of the landscape, pertaining to the heavenly decor, can be easily captured by the net of the artistic creation. A lot of effort, skill, intuition and intervention are needed for the artist who decides to capture that dialogue, in order to avoid slipping into the trap of cheap thrills, but rather to battle with the invisible and the visible and bring to the work their own sensibility. The paintings of Snezana Crnoglavac attest to her ability to skillfully capture this great theme which she decided to wrestle with.