Sculptor Boban Ilic – Icarus with spread wings

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~ Milica Puric~

Almost all the sculptures Boran Ilic makes represent the human body in strong, passionate motion. Every tendon and every muscle is under tension. That’s partially because he sculpts figures of people in flight, musicians, athletes and mythical creatures that hypnotize with their beauty and grace, but it’s mostly because of the material with which they’re made — steel spoons.

Because of that material and the way in which he uses it for art, Boban Ilic is one of the most famous and appreciated sculptors in America. His sculptures are displayed in museums and galleries across all America, which is a dream for many artists, and almost everyone, even people who are not interested in art, know about his work.

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‘Crazy Horse’ – strong movement, passion, energy…

But it wasn’t like that from the beginning. Boban Ilic graduated from the Faculty of Applied Arts in Belgrade and came for a short time to America on November 6, 1991. He had previously been invited by engineering professor David Greenwood to the Grand Rapids exhibition at the University of Michigan. That helped him leave Serbia in the 1990s. “I thought that the potential conflicts would end in dialogue, but instead of dialogue a war began,” Boban Ilic said. And that’s how he stayed in American, even though he hadn’t planned to. Still, he didn’t give up his dreams. “I told them if I can’t live off my art in America, then I can do it in Belgrade because that’s my job, that’s what I have been studying all my life and I wouldn’t know what better to do than that,” Boban Ilic said.

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Work in progress – Boban Ilic in his studio in Chicago

He worked a lot, was committed and persistent, and slowly started to use steel spoons as his main material for sculptures. “That’s when the galleries started to react, and that’s when everything changed,” Boban Ilic said. “The knowledge I got from the Faculty of Applied Arts in Belgrade was very important to me because that shows that I didn’t go on this adventure accidentally, but willingly and with a goal, but the change happened here, in America. With the use of spoons, I developed movement in the steel, a very hard material which is difficult to use. I must figure out how to use this material, which is the toughest way of affirming my artistic stance, which means that my stance is solid. But as the spectator in the theater only sees the play and not the rehearsals, the work that was put in, the same principle applies to me. The spectator only sees the floating figure, the flying man, something easy and light, and not the hard system and methods,” Boban Ilic said.

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The sculpture of Fenix

When asked how he experienced America, how he adapted during those days in the past and what it meant for him coming to a new environment, he said: “This is a powerful country, and that’s clear to you from the start, from the moment you travel to your apartment from the airport. Still, the most important thing is that it doesn’t matter where you came from if you have potential. In that case, there are no brakes or hrudles. This is a country where you can rise from the lowest class to the highest and become, for example, Henry Kissinger. If you have the potential you can rise to the top. That happened to me in a way. For me there were no boundaries, nor did anyone ask or remind me where I came from, and that’s why I never felt like an immigrant. Besides, there is no other choice. When you come here, there is no longer a mom, dad, uncle who can help you — there is no one,” Boban Ilic continued.

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Closer look at Boban’s sculptures

Out of many figures that he made so far, the most important to him is the sculpture of Icaraus, the mythical flyer from Greek mythology. According to legend, Daedalus and Icarus, father and son, wished to fly, so they made wings and bound them with wax, but Icarus flew too close to the Sun, and the warmth of the Sun melted the wax, and he, with destroyed wings, fell in the sea. “Of course we know that the mythology isn’t real and that Daedalus and Icarus never existed, but in that story there is a great idea of flying. I never saw Icarus as someone who lost his battle, whose wings are melting and who is falling, but as someone who harbors a great idea in himself about great things and who is ahead of everyone else in his time. That’s the idea of a man flying, and that idea brought us here to the present day with everything that it offers. Icarus is our predecessor and the predecessor of all flying objects If I could compare him with someone, I would compare him with Tesla, who, like Icarus, was ahead of his time,” Boban Ilic said.

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Boban ilic beside Icarus – his favorite sculpture

Boban Ilic’s Biography

Boban Ilic, an American sculptor from Serbia, was born in 1963 in the Serbian town Nis. He graduated from the Faculty of Applied Arts, department of sculpting, in Belgrade and after that went to Chicago. His sculptures can be seen as parts of exhibitions in the Toyamura Museum in Sapporo, Japan; the Museum of Conteporary Art in Hot Springs, Arkansas; the Museum of Biblical Art in Dallas; the Great River Road Museum of Contemporary Art in Potosi, Wisconsin; and Second Floor Art & Entertainment in Indianapolis. His public sculptures are also well known, like the Shaka Zulu in Oak Park, Illinois; the Renaissance Man in the Lincoln Park in Chicago; and Lioness and her cub in Cummings Park in Chicago and in the Belgrade zoo. He has made over 30 solo exhibitions and many more exhibitions throughout the world with other artists.

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SERBIAN TRANSLATION – PREVOD NA SRPSKI JEZIK

Umetnik Boban Ilić – Ikarus sa raširenim krilima

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Boban Ilić pored svoje skulpture

Skoro sve skulpture Bobana Ilića, izradjene čeličnih kašika, predstavljaju ljudsko telo u snažnom pokretu u kome je napregnuta svaka tetiva i svaki mišić. To su figure letača, muzičara, sportista i mitskih bića koje hipnotišu svojom lepotom i  gracioznošću, a ponajviše materijalom od koga su napravljene. Baš zbog tog materijala – čeličnih kašika i načina na koji ih koristi u svojoj umetnosti, Boban Ilić je jedan je od najcenjnijih i najpoznatijih umetnika u Americi. Njegove skulpture nalaze se u američkim muzejima i galerijama što je san mnogih umetnika, a za njegova dela znaju skoro svi, čak i oni koje umetnost uopšte ne interesuje.

A nije tako bilo od početka. Boban Ilić  diplomirao je na Akademiji primenjenih umetnosti u Beogradu i na kratko došao u Ameriku 6. novembra 1991. godine gotovo pre 25 godina. Bio je u ovoj zemlji i ranije, imao je, na poziv profesora Dejvida Grinvuda (David Greenwood) izložbu u Grand Rapidsu na University of Michigan. To mu je pomoglo da izadje iz zemlje 90-ih kada je počeo rat. ‘Mislio sam da će se potencijalni sukobi kod nas završiti dijalogom, medjutim, umesto dijaloga počeo je rat,’ kaže on. Boban je tako neplanski ostao u Americi, a kada je poznanicima rekao da će se u novoj zemlji baviti umetnošću rekli su mu da od toga nema ništa. Ipak, nije odustajao.

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Figura ‘Trubača’

‘Kazao sam im da ako ne mogu da od umetnosti živim u Americi, onda mogu u Beogradu jer to je moj posao, za to sam učio školu i ne znam šta bih drugo radio bolje od toga’. Radio je mnogo, bio posvećen, uporan i polako počeo da koristi čelične kašike kao glavni materijal za skulpture. ‘Tada su galerije počele da reaguju i tada se dogodio preokret’, kaže on. ‘Za mene je bilo veoma važno znanje koje sam stekao na Akademiji primenjenih umetnosti u Beogradu jer to pokazuje da u ovu avanturu nisam ušao slučajno, već svesno i sa namerom, ali preokret se dogodio ovde, u Americi. Sa upotrebom kašika, razvijao sam pokret u čeliku, ozbiljnom i teškom materijalu koga je veoma teško obradjivati. Ja moram da se izborim sa ovim materijalom koji je najtvrdji oblik potvrdjivanja umetničkog stava što znači da je moj stav tvrd. Ali, kao kada gledalac u pozorištu vidi samo predstavu, a ne probe i onaj uloženi rad, tako i kod mene posmatrač vidi samo lebdeću figuru, letećeg čoveka, nesto lako i lagano, a ne onaj rad, težak sistem i postupak,’ objasnjava Boban Ilić.

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 MOCA The Museum of Contemporary Art , Hot Springs

Na pitanje kako je doživeo Ameriku, kako se tih davnih dana adaptirao i šta je za njega značio dolazak u novu sredinu, Boban Ilić kaže: ‘Ovo je moćna zemlja i to vam postaje jasno odmah, još  dok od aerodroma putujete u svoj stan. Ipak ono najvažnije jeste da ovde nema veze odakle si došao ako imaš  potencijal. U tom slučaju nema kočnica i prepreka. Ovo je zemlja gde od najnižeg staleža možeš  da dodješ  do najvišeg i da budeš , recimo, Henri Kisindžer. Ako imaš  potencijal ovde možes da stigneš  do vrha. To se na neki način desilo meni. Za mene nisu postojale granice, niti je ikada iko uzimao u obzir moje poreklo ili me podsećao na njega i zato se nikada nisam osećao kao imigrant. Uostalom, nema drugog izbora. Kada dodjete ovde nema više mame, tate, ujaka, strica da vam pomaže, nema nikoga’.

Od mnoštva figura koje je do sada napravio, Boban Ilić najvise je vezan za skulpturu Ikara – mitskog letača iz grčke mitologije. Prema legendi u želji da lete Dedal i Ikar, otac i sin, napravili su krila i povezali ih voskom, ali se Ikar suviš e približio suncu čija je toplota istopila vosak i on je, sa raspadnutim krilima, potonuo u more. ‘Naravno da svi znamo da mitologija nije realna i da Ikar i Dedal nikada nisu postojali, ali u toj priči postoji velika ideja letenja. Ja nikada nisam doživljavao Ikara kao nekoga ko gubi bitku, kome se tope krila i ko pada, već kao nekoga ko nosi u sebi veliku ideju o velikim stvarima i ko je ispred svih drugih. To je ideja da čovek poleti, a ta ideja nas je dovela do današnjice. Ikar je naša preteča i preteča svih letećih objekata. Ako bih mogao da ga uporedim sa nekim uporedio bih ga sa Teslom koji je, isto kao i Ikar, bio daleko ispred svog vremena,’ kaže Boban Ilić.

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Čelista

Biografija Bobana Ilića

Boban Ilić, srpsko-američki vajar, rodjen je 1963. u Niš u. Fakultet primenjenih umetnosti, odsek vajarstvo, završ io je u Beogradu, nakon čega je otišao u Chicago. Njegove skulpture se mogu videti kao deo stalne postavke u muzejima Toyamura, Sapporo; Museum of Contemporary Art, Hot Springs, Arcansas; Museum of Biblical Art, Dallas, Texas; Great River Road Museum of Contemporary Art, Potosi, Wisconsin; Second Floor Art & Entertainment, Indianapolis… Poznate su i njegove skulpture na javnim mestima poput Shaka Zulu u Oak Park, Chicago; Renaissance man u Lincoln Park, Chicago; Lavica i mladunče u Cumings Park, Chicago, u beogradskom zoološkom vrtu i mnoge druge.

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8 thoughts on “Sculptor Boban Ilic – Icarus with spread wings

  1. dragankljajic10@gmail.com

    Oscar Wilde say; Art is the most intense form of individualisam that the world has known.Boban,is a master of hes art!

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  2. dragankljajic10@gmail.com

    Oscar Wilde say: Art is the most intense form of individualisam that the world has known.Boban! is a master of hes art!!

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  3. dragankljajic10@gmail.com

    Oscar Wilde say:Art is the most intense form of individualisam that the world has known.Boban! is a master of hes art!!

    Reply
  4. Anonymous

    kakve su to skulpture pa to je neverovatno. Kako uspeva da od celicnih kasika napravi ovako izvajano telo, pokret, trzaj za mene je misterija… Superiorno!

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