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Lazar Stojić

I was born in 1998 in Belgrade. I graduated from the High School of Design, Department of Art Technician. In 2017, I started studying at the sculpture department of the Faculty of Fine Arts in Belgrade, where I finished the first two years in class Professor Olivera Parlić. I am currently a fourth year student in the class of professors Mrđan Bajić and Radoš Antonijević. In my artistic practice I deal with sculpture, art installation, drawing, graphics and photography. The themes that prevail in my work are the relations between artistic value and money, contemporary phenomena in society and the use of language, natural and artificial.

Wave

Artist Lazar Stojić works in mediums of sculpture, art installation, drawing, printmaking, video, and photography. He is interested in atmosphere, experience, and social phenomena. The main subjects of his artistic research are relationships between artistic value and money, contemporary phenomena in society, use of language and slang, and connections between natural and artificial.

Wave is an art installation formed as a model of a lake. The sound wave is creating an artificial water wave.

Interview

What is the language in common for the young people today?

The common language of young people could be art, if young people are interested in art. However, we all listen to music and watch movies, and these are also branches of art.

What does the process of making one of your pieces look like?

My works come from experiments, with materials or technology, but also from thinking about my ideas and interests. Mostly it is necessary to connect these two wholes, then my work of art is created.

Which challenges have you faced while making art as you know it?

Challenges can be technical or conceptual in nature. As in the previous answer, in this case there is this dichotomy. Sometimes the challenge is how to do something, and sometimes whether my idea communicates in the best and clearest way with the observer.

Do you consider yourself an artist, and what does that word mean to you?

Yes, I do art. I think that's enough.

What is your escape from reality? Do you even have a need to escape from something?

Doing art can be an escape from reality, but also a deeper dive into reality in itself. Art makes my life easier and makes it more meaningful, isolates it from the banalities we are constantly in.

What does the word innovative mean to you?

Being innovative means finding new solutions to already known problems or solving previously undiscovered ones.

Do you have a plan for the future? Where can your artistic practice take you?

My closest plan is to go to HFBK Academy in Hamburg for a master's degree. It's already autumn, I was admitted to the class of Professor Martin Boyce.

What made the biggest influence on you to become what you are today and do what you do now?

I would not know how to answer that question. I have always wanted to do art, since I started drawing as a child. I never even considered another life path. I have support, I think that is very important.

How would you describe Serbian (Balkan or European-depends on where you live and work) contemporary cultural scene?

Very diverse and full of potential. There is really a lot going on. Unfortunately, without adequate conditions for functioning. But it still works.

In which way does your creative process shape you or changes you as a person, if it does at all?

I think change is always there, it brings progress. Moving boundaries changes my way of thinking. There are always things that are unknown to us.