Pejac's Latest Public Interventions in Rijeka, Croatia
Couple of months after a successful London solo show, Pejac visited Rijeka in Croatia where he did a short art residency invited by the local Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art. During his 2 weeks stay, Spanish artist created 3 new elaborate public works left for the locals and visitors to discover.
Staying in a coastal town that reminded him of his homeland some 10-15 years ago, Pejac discovered couple of peculiar spots to create his imaginative interventions. Titled "Brain Drain", "Ashes To Ashes" and "Camouflage (Tribute to René Magritte)", these 3 new pieces once again prove his unique approach to creating work, from placement to execution process. The first piece he worked on was painted using acrylic inside a river canal that goes through the city center. Depicting a delicate medusa with a human brain, the piece refers to a fragile nature of human mind and their ability to create harmful, poisonous thoughts as well as the emigration problem that the town and the country are experiencing. The 2nd piece was done in the same canal, and was concepted as sort of a monument to nature and it's persistence power. Inspired by the popularity of hunting tourism in nearby mountainous region, Pejac created an image of a fuming deer next to a river bed, representing the parts of Croatia where these exploits are taking place. The piece was done mostly by scratching off the existing layer of moss and lichen, and adding some paint details such a recurring image of a safety ring floating in the river. Finally, the last and probably his most demanding and elaborate piece to date, was an intervention created on a large windows of a local abandoned power plant. By painting, breaking, cutting and replacing glass, he created a powerful installation showing a boy with a slingshot shooting at flock of scattering birds. Once again using birds as a recurring element of his work, Pejac produced a poetic piece that can be interpreted in many ways. From celebrating the careless childhood play to commenting on nature hiding within man-made, urban environment, this intricate piece is also a nod to René Magritte’s "The Large Family". —Sasha Bogojev