Fabrics, skirts, dresses, fashion magazines, cut, embroidered, animated, recomposed, combined with most unusual objects and given a completely new meaning are one of the many ways Milos Tomic is going to provoke you.
Burdacut by Milos Tomic (c)
One thing that can be seen through Milos’s creative range is a continuation of almost obsessive phases within which he’s exploring unimaginable possibilities of material and its semantics. Burdacuts are collages inspired by his mother’s Burda fashion magazines he found in the basement. He started by copying mouse nibbling, just to see the possibility of animal technique, and then combined it with meticulous handwork and wild imagination. Some Burdacuts are created in that way, and some are recomposed with whirls of female eyes, mouth or complete faces. Milos Tomic could not resist playing with Burda’s strict tailoring patterns, so he forced his own rules of cutting and combining, and not upon textile, but magazine itself.
Burdacut by Milos Tomic (c)
Reconstruction by deconstruction is one of his principles in approaching objects he finds on streets, flea markets, basements or personal archives of any kind. A shirt burned through with cigarettes was created in the similar way – responding on his fathers critique do destroy a second hand shirt that was allegedly worn by Serbian diplomat, he made cigarette burns on it, transforming it into lacelike, translucent surface freed from the shabby appearance.
A shirt burned through with cigarettes by Milos Tomic (c)
Embroidered Puma is drawing on similar subversive humor – not wanting to be a walking billboard for a famous brand, he mad his own redesign. Sowed up shoe also appears in this context, although the subversion wasn’t socially, but aesthetically engaged.
Sowed Up Shoe & Embroidered Puma by Milos Tomic (c)
Brushes with thorns were inspired by handcraft object artist had seen in Ethnographic museums; the result are beautiful, elegant and awesome items whose beauty rests upon the perfection of nature and artistic rendering. Milos Tomic is obsessed with beauty he finds all around him – that’s how he created his Trash Album, Rubberband Album and Bubble Gum Album.
Brush with thorns by Milos Tomic (c)
During his army service Milos Tomic was faced with many limitations that come with the system that regulates every part of daily routine, from clothing and eating, to physical training and education. That made him even more firm in subverting that system in many different aspects – he sewed buttons onto military cutlery, added pockets on the compass leather case to put crayon and lipstick in it (soldier has to be nice and tidy), embroidered nasty slogan on the handkerchief, altered uniform…(exhibited at the Balkan Fibre Art).
Spoon, fork and knife with buttons & Altered uniform by Milos Tomic (c)
Director by profession, Serbian artist Milos Tomic is constructing a story in every artwork that he creates. In his bio there’s a sentence that goes back to the root of the process. ‘At the end of elementary school he started doodling, coloring, collecting objects from the street, photographing, playing some music…’ 2001 he graduated at the Academy of Art (Directing major), then finished graduate studies of animation in Prague, at Famu, in the class of Petar Skala. He was a guest student in Madrid and Berlin and currently at the doctoral studies with thesis on ‘Preciousness of discarded objects, i.e. trash as the material for film, photography…’
Fabrics and patterns are one of his most present motives. I already mentioned Tomic’s creative obsession in this context, which culminated in his current project named ‘Let somebody stop me’. It’s based on his inexhaustible, fanatic need to purchase dresses from 60-s and 70-s at flea markets. He does it on daily bases and shamelessly enjoys in their colorful, flowery patterns.
Let somebody stop me by Milos Tomic (c)
These design, dancing around female legs, became an object of worship in his films but also gave women a new perspective on men’s gaze. And not in an offensive way! You follow intriguing peeping that twirls around soft folds and finally gets lost and trampled by it. It’s fascinating how fantasies evolve around something that we, women, perceive as completely common.
Milos Tomic is constructing his artistic world by purposely offering a new pair of glasses – he goes from something locally and globally common, and then puts bits and parts that question other ways of seeing, thinking and feeling. He’s making experiments by crossing the line of normality. He did not give up from his method even in the army that is supposed to put everything and everybody into order. Milos Tomic somehow always manages to jump over the stairs.
(Ivana Podnar is guest blogger on Personal Cyber Botanica)