This is 5 Questions. Each week, we send five questions to an artist featured in Under the Radar, our weekly email highlighting the best art on the ArtSlant network. This week we seek answers from Mladen Stropnik.
What are you trying to communicate with your work?
I would say moments.
... what is actual truth, fucking, rock and roll, life in a future, sleeping outdoors, wealth, enjoying rest time, aroma party, a violence of authority, perseverance and fighting spirit and physical endurance, odds and ends ...
fruit talking hahaha, 2017, light bulbs + felt tip pen + canvas
What is an artist’s responsibility?
To have a moral stance and not to care what others think about it.
I live in a place where people hang out together in peace. I am looking for moments that do not matter much in plain view, but I simply cannot forget them. It does not matter if I am awake, dreaming, or imagine it. Everything is happening just now, and there is no space or time. Music and water are important. A clear idea is an art. Everything that is simple is good.
I try to be raw with the material. I get the hint, then I think, write, and do. I examine the concept through various media as far as I am able. Once completed, the work has a sense of simplicity about itself. It bears the basic simple, raw, and funny information. When looking at it, it has to be seen as it was done “just like that.” I show what you see. There is no story behind it.
The image is the shortened duration of piece of art. Long-duration art is manipulated and too far from the real now/moment. Because there is just now. Endless things, procrastination, and enjoyment, yet staying prepared and moving towards a goal which resembles rebirth: how we live now and in the developed future.
Life is a play and then you go to sleep. I do it constantly and pick myself up to improve and stay and lust. Do it easy! Give and get.
Show us the greatest thing you ever made (art or not)?
Till now, these are latest art videos called truly and Sreč!
Tell us about a work you want to make but never will...
I don’t like this question. Never say never...
Swallow Us, 2017, Stone, Plastic and Paper on Paper, Stone and Plastic
Who are three artists we should know but probably don’t?
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(Image at top: object, what is this? (holder for everything), 2017, wood+fabric+akril emajl+pant)