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The Book of Fabulas & Scented Echoes

19 July, 2022 - 30 July, 2022

19 July – 30 July 2022

Tuesday – Friday: 12pm – 6pm
Saturdays: 12pm – 4pm
Tuesday and Friday evenings: 6pm – 8pm
admission: Free

With a captive eye only the sound of art can perceive, a fresh scent is awakened, an endless story is revealed

The Nine Day Queen, 2020, photograph on 310 gm archival rag paper, 90.0 x 60.0 cm

Marquesa de la Solana, 2020, photograph on 310 gm archival rag paper, 90.0 x 60.0 cm

Pierrot, 2020, photograph on 310 gm archival rag paper, 90.0 x 60.0 cm

Surrounded by the moving waves of a not-so-distant past, their brushed drapery is rearranged in the dusty soil of this South. With a captive eye only the sound of art can perceive, a fresh scent is awakened, an endless story is revealed.

The idea for The Book of Fabulas and Scented Echoes was born in 2020, during lock down. Being at home, inspired Drasko to open forgotten art books and play with the concept of having a museum in your own backyard. Drasko has experimented with 3-D art for over a decade, and he developed the concept of 3-D cut outs, or ‘analogue augmented reality’, by which he holds a cut out of characters from, mostly, European famous paintings and juxtapose them with a background of daily life in Australia, in photographic work. This contrast makes reference to colonial narratives and puts forward the need to bring stories of yesteryear to life with a new lens; in the land that is our home.

In addition to the images, Drasko has collaborated with partner in life, the literary translator (English into Spanish) and emerging artist Eleonor Palacio, who added another layer to the atmosphere of the works by writing accompanying poetic descriptions inspired by the visuals, to create a single voice. As Dr Bernhard Sachs has described it, the series presented in this show ‘draws from a persistent and lively thematic threaded throughout [Drasko’s] practice, a rich Balkan folkloric imaging tradition, its contemporary analogue in popular culture and its humorous, affectionate and ironic perspective on so-called high art. The meeting of this with the intense literary tradition of its South American corollary in Melbourne proposes a sophisticated larrikin poetic’.

Drasko Boljevic has an extensive career as an artist working in a variety of mediums. A Victorian College of the Arts graduate (Bachelor or Fine Art, 1998 & Master of Contemporary Art-Painting, 2012), he started his studies training as a sculptor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb (former Yugoslavia). His art practice, which includes, among other forms, sculpture, painting, installation, stencil art and photography, strikes an unusual balance between classically trained skill and contemporary innovation. A part of the Melbourne art scene for almost three decades, Drasko has a long exhibiting history and his work has attracted recognition both locally and internationally, most recently being shown at the Urban Art Biennale in Volglingen Hutte, Germany. His stencil art has featured in half a dozen publications in Australia, UK and France.

Eleonor Palacio (aka Ele Cronopia) is a literary translator (English-Spanish) and linguist who loves diving into art and crafting words.

The pair have been partners in life for the last 20 years and often muse for each other’s creative endeavours. This recent collaboration has seen Eleonor tracing a poetic narrative inspired by Drasko’s artwork to create a single voice.


19 July, 2022
30 July, 2022
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fortyfivedownstairs gallery
45 Flinders Lane
Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
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03 9662 9966
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Drasko Boljevic & Eleonor Palacio
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