STORMY SOUL BEHIND LEAVES TRAIL OF IRON GLOWING NIKOLA PANTOVIC
STORMY SOUL BEHIND LEAVES TRAIL OF IRON GLOWING NIKOLA PANTOVIC
The miraculous talent Nikola Pantovic live in great artistic richness, closed to celebrate the beauty and overwhelmed by the world around them, make it more meaningful, more playful, more honest ... In one of the most beautiful places in Serbia, Vrnjacka Banja, in the family studio, Nicholas gained his first knowledge of forging iron, committed to learning from his father Pante, widely known for its great mastery, pure heart, and a wide smile ... if souls listened to inspiration and lead him where she herself has never been proven by the fact that they are already great skill with Nikola along to the Academy of Arts department for sculpture, exploring the curious and courageous where it all longing for a space that becomes and unlike us remains alive can take. Perhaps it is well-taken care knowledge, they will find out when and where the man finds out the need to make this world more beautiful. The seemingly shy and closed the young man, lives in the eruption of their needs to the time that it flickers before his eyes like a dream forge, overlaid and gifts world. As the title of one of his works, '' Heaven gate '', so the whole world, which explains, the real behind another sky. If the sky is the mirror, what we see on Earth is different for each of us. In love with a new beauty, we stand together observers and creators. The fire is burning but also born when subjected the flames in order to become a better and more wisely to speak. Who is in the heat out of the wound, patience has become a friend. Blacksmith, the dreamer, the artist, the artist Nikola Pantović talk about himself ...
HOMELAND How looks your work day?
NIKOLA PANTOVIC In the evening devise and plan what I will do tomorrow. I make sketches and thinking. During operation, all changes, sketches cease to be valid, opened new landscapes that start to resemble the works, which will be freed from the iron or from the same build ... They say it is a process inherent to artists. It is a constant struggle with the material ... The experience on the paper is completely different from the impression you may have when modeling the steel material in space. My working day is generally chaotic. New thoughts, ideas sometimes chase and surpass me, waiting in the workshop ... I think that art is not achieved planned. That do designers.
HOMELANDWhich are the first memories of forging steel?
NIKOLA PANTOVIC Blacksmith Pantović the old craft workshops initiated by my father long before my birth. Well, first memories are tied to his father's workshop. Blacksmith's fire and thousands of sparks ... I suppose that's an overwhelming experience for the boys. The pounding of hammers on iron and dance spark ... And when we forget the first sword and katana! My happiness knew no bounds ... It could be the initiation ...
HOMELAND When did you start to work in the family workshop Blacksmith?
NIKOLA PANTOVIC The moment I was tired of being bored. I was on vacation. I spent time in idleness. I've always had a good pocket money when I helped the father. So I went into the shop and I'm not leaving.
HOMELAND When did you realize that you go the same way as your father? And when you realize your mastery in the art world?
NIKOLA PANTOVIĆ Third day after leaving the workshop. Two days ago, I was hoping and waiting to my father's worker weld me a something. On the third day, I broke a movie. I took matters into my own hands. Then I made a lamp that had an integrated electric motor and which is projected moving shadows on the wall. I have criticized because the first thing I do complicate and before that I did not have any prior knowledge of steel producing. Of course, I made a lamp as I imagined. You will not believe it, I was immediately sold it ...
HOMELAND What are you most proud of?
NIKOLA PANTOVIC I am most proud of endurance that I gained personal work and sacrifice in college. Believe me, it takes more than words. In this way, for every young artist, patience is crucial. You want everything immediately. I was fortunate that my biggest support in life, apart from their parents, is the older sister. She is supported in every doubt. Like today. She brings me a first tasks and contacts. At that time, in parallel with the faculty, I was already selling my "strange" steel fence.
HOMELAND Who are your favorite teachers, mentors, in addition to the initiators, father You gave all his knowledge, as in fairy tales heirs hand over the keys and the throne of the city where miracles come true?
NIKOLA PANTOVIC There are several professors who have infinitely dear and important, we can say favorite ... In his father's shop, I got, learned his craft. Have I got the keys to the secret city and then I went to get more knowledge and met with talented, generous, unique people ... Professor Svetozar Mirko with metal, he taught me about perseverance personal ideas, which is one of the key moments in the formation of the artist. Zorica Jankovic, the professor of the class, helped me to broaden my sculptural thought. Marko Lađušić which I always wore work on corrections, an extraordinary man, and an educator. Professor Slobodan Kajtez helped me to realize that painting does not have to be not only on canvas ... Mr. Nedjo Goga painter who gave me the basics of drawing and painting, opening my world of beauty and me carefully, referring to the meaning of positive thinking. Peter Radlović, also a painter and a great friend of mine, with whom I hung out during the student days, sipping a drink at the '' draft '' and philosophize about art, which is life itself ... And of course, before and, after all, there are my mother and father, who have provided the necessary conditions for all the phases of schooling. There are those who do not cease to you means that you are giving yourself to make your life got the colors ...
HOMELAND Who are your role models and who are the colleagues with whom I would like to work with?
NIKOLA PANTOVIC first model, the first experience of art and first guide through the world of what life can become the artist himself, and the biggest was and remained Leonardo, is the embodiment and realization of everything that we are and all that we become when we are gone. The Renaissance man, a genius, and operators, uomo universale gave me an example of how one can deal with all sorts of things ... I applied to different fields of art, and in numerous personal research. Dali loved for its precision, Picasso because of productivity, Caldera sake of simplicity ... I'd like a Jeff Koons code secret of their color ... I imagine your fences and gates so colored! I would like to cooperate with futuristic architects such as Zaha Hadid, Calatrava, Tadao Ando.
HOMELAND Inspiration is like a wild horse, who does not learn to ride him often remains lost, exhausted, I ... How much longer time you spend working on sculptures and whether you're equally dedicated to drawing and painting?
NIKOLA PANTOVIC One sculpture I started a during a faculty and completed by the end of the same. Studies last five years ... I'm usually working more sculptures at the same time while the rest of the one doing the following. So it is with painting. Drying is a long process and time is precious. I do not like idle when I'm in creative acceleration.
HOMELAND Got an offer for making a documentary film about yourself, your family and forge your steel art. How does it look synopsis?
NIKOLA PANTOVIC Honestly, I don't know. I leave it to a friend playwright. Yet it is in the domain of some I do not just close the arts.
HOMELAND You play the music, playing the guitar. Have you wanted to make a new instrument, much iron?
NIKOLA PANTOVIC Music and playing me further meet. Music gives me zest and with her always create. I played bass guitar as a teenager. Melody bass guitar feels good. I've been thinking about making the process of creating an instrument. Extolled acoustics! I'd try to build instruments in a combination of wood and metal. These two materials create the perfect combination to be decoded.
HOMELAND What are the areas of art that are closest to you and who are your favorite writers and composers?
NIKOLA PANTOVIĆ Applied Arts, sure. Sculpture. First I studied design at the Higher Polytechnic suppose I was there learned that thinking applied to all be ergonomically. Enough I painted under the influence of Dali. From writers would mention Dina Buzzati, Wilhelm Reich, Richard Bach. I love music and always listen to what I am at any given moment launches.
HOMELAND which these exhibitions and awards favorite?
NIKOLA PANTOVIC I'm not too exhibited, time mastering the techniques did not want to compensate for other activities. Many prefer to boast a large number of exhibitions, and I rejoice technical and structural skill that I have, I believe, in that time learned and mastered. Now I'm ready for the show! I applied at several competitions and waiting for answers.
HOMELAND What inspires you most and what is your greatest strength?
NIKOLA PANTOVIC Love!
HOMELAND What's your secret, the secret of these brilliant works of art?
NIKOLA PANTOVIC No secrets. The point is clear. Good passing only those who find a good manager. This is how the art from time immemorial. Security frees the spirit. HOMELAND Who is your biggest support and how you see yourself in ten years?
NIKOLA PANTOVIĆ family is my biggest support. Support my friends, people that surround me. In business terms, I stopped to imagine themselves in the future. I'd like to meet a lot of rich people who can afford to pay what you create. Then the art itself harbors. HOMELAND Which song do you like to start your day?
NIKOLA PANTOVIC La Boheme my morning thing! HOMELAND Does man gets or loses strength and focus of sharing life with another person?
NIKOLA PANTOVIC definitely wins. All of my creative energy is always dedicated to someone. To each day that I rise won discontent, there must be more reason and of art itself. HOMELAND What are the colors, shades of iron that you like best?
NIKOLA PANTOVIC There are plenty of colors and shades that I like, actually, I can not vouch for any ... All are equally interesting and beautiful. Preparing to one day realize my childhood dream, I'll do the image of metal! I would start with the classic drawing and ended with the abstract. Metal and its textures have a large range of colors and patina. With these qualities can be easy to paint. They make it big formats.
HOMELAND Is it easier to work alone or in the company?
NIKOLA PANTOVIC In society. I always have someone besides yourself. When I started to paint the company as we made friends who were in my room watching the movie while I painted. In college, it was collective. It is true that the artist needs solitude but it is also necessary and the connection with reality, as well as someone who will renew all the time to establish the connection. In moments of pause and rest, the presence of life around you restores energy and creates conditions for further work.
HOMELAND What qualities one must have in order to go through ups and downs with a smile and constantly gaining knowledge?
NIKOLA PANTOVIC Perseverance and vision. They perfectly complement one without the other can not.
HOMELAND Whether and why regret?
NIKOLA PANTOVIC Maybe, I have not finished and management in the arts. HOMELAND What is what defines the moment in which man makes his choices: what to study, to work, who you hang out, where to go?
NIKOLA PANTOVIC If you have a healthy family, and have a sound basis for decision making, which will be seen as either good or best for you. After these healthy choices, everything else superstructure through personal experience. Life is amazing, the most miraculous to those who trust him and live with him admiring it and cultivating it as a tree whose fruits are eternal and our mortals.
Interview by Kristina Radulovic Vuckovic