Mirko Lazović

Mirko Lazović (1979, Belgrade) currently resides in The Netherlands. He received his BA from the University of Arts in Belgrade and his MA from the Royal Conservatory in the Hague (2005). Based in the Netherlands since 2003, Lazović’s wide-reaching practice includes recent exhibitions at Mediamatic in Amsterdam, MuseumsQuartier Freiraum in Vienna, and a solo exhibition at HUB in Belgrade. He has been an artist-in-residence at MuseumsQuartier (Vienna), ResidenSea (Heraklion, Greece) and Kunstsenter Kvinesdal, Norway. His sculptural installations place strong thematic emphasis on presence, interactivity, and compositional aspects of time. Light, water, electricity and sound are his working materials.

While Staring at...
“ ...The first personal encounter with “Narcissus” involves looking down at gently distorted visages in a shallow pool where drops of water seem to be falling, making concentric circles on the mirror below. Gazing at our own puzzled faces, we confront the impossibility of what we think we see. It appears that there is no source from which the water falls. Against nature, the drops come from below, reformulating conventions of everyday physics. “Narcissus” lets us look down at ourselves, as prospectors. We mine the image for deeper meaning, and are seduced by it, but we do not face the same tragic consequences as our protagonist in the original Greek myth. We are not permitted to look at an undisturbed image, and are thus not able to authorize our own image and admire it, nor are we authoritatively “looking down” at ourselves critically. The expression, to look down on ourselves, no longer assumes a dangerous or derogatory connotation. - Marianna La Rosa Maruyama
Clepschor (2012 - 2016)
Clepsichor is a site specific installation, where incandescent lightbulbs are turned into water clocks (clepsydra) each ticking it's own time.

“Clepsydra (literally ”water thief“) is the Greek word for water clock. Also, in ancient Greece, a device for drawing liquids from vats too large to pour.” - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clepsydra
“Electrickle“ is portmanteau word derived from the words electricity and trickle.

The active installation “Electrickle” makes use of ordinary materials such as light bulbs, water, electricity and sounds combined in a way to create a playful tension. The work is activated by the presence of the viewer, forming a reciprocal relationship. In “Electrickle,” water seems to imitate cable, creating the illusion of electricity flowing through the water. “Electrickle” follows the trajectory of previous works “Liquid Light” (2009), “Clepsichord” (2012), and “Narcissus” (2013) which demonstrate similar material and conceptual themes of presence and interaction.