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“CAREER” by Sholim

Perhaps later than most, but earlier than some, I discovered fascinating, idea-and-concept-loaded  art of Milos “Sholim” Rajkovic, the artist from Belgrade.

I selected a large  part of an interview with Sholim, originally published on September 30, 2013 and conducted by Suzana Poghosyan via email, and I post it here, sprinkled with Sholim’s “portraits”. The interview contains Sholim’s largely unedited answers emailed to Suzana in response to her questions. Here it is:

What kind of Art do you make?

I define two major influences on my art: European satire in all [form] of art, expecially in Yugoslavian and Czechoslovakian cinematography and attitude from whole American Lowbrow art culture.

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“ARS LONGA…” by Sholim

"...VITA BREVIS" by Sholim

“…VITA BREVIS” by Sholim

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“JOIN THE ARMY” by Sholim

Which artists have influenced you most?

Robert Crumb, Mike Judge, Jan Švankmajer, Goran Marković, Guy Debord and many others.

milosrajkovic25You make .gif’s, videos and digital illustrations; do you prefer any one above the others? Why or, why not?

I definitely prefer GIF ART because it’s unexplored potential for bringing pure values of human thinking in artistic form to the internet, homes, offices, phones.

"СРАНЬ ГОСПОДНЯ" by Sholim

“СРАНЬ ГОСПОДНЯ” by Sholim

Tell me something about your training and your influences.

I define two major influences on my art: European satire in all [form] of art, expecilly in Yugoslavian and Czechoslovakian cinematography and attitude from whole American Lowbrow art culture.

“BISHOP DELUXE” by Sholim

“BISHOP DELUXE” by Sholim

Which artists have influenced you most?

Robert Crumb, Mike Judge, Jan Švankmajer, Goran Marković, Guy Debord and many others.

milosrajkovic05You make .gif’s, videos and digital illustrations; do you prefer any one above the others? Why or, why not?

I definitely prefer GIF ART because it’s unexplored potential for bringing pure values of human thinking in artistic form to the internet, homes, offices, phones.

"SKINNER BOX HEAD" by Sholim

“SKINNER BOX HEAD” by Sholim

How do you stay motivated to make work? Where do you find inspiration?

My motivation is the fact that I bring art that encourage thinking about the world we living and some day in some part of the planet somebody will be inspired. It’s rarity when you see something on internet that is not just a temporary information and that’s the reason why my gifs are very complex.milosrajkovic04

Do you have any thoughts on globalization of culture? Are there any drawback of Globalization you’ve seen in Belgrade?

Good thing about globalization of culture is transmission of ideas, meanings and values all over the world and the very bad thing is use culture as part of corporate colonization.

WORKAHOLIC by Sholim

WORKAHOLIC by Sholim

What role does Social Media play when you create your work or, in your career as an artist?

Social media sites like facebook and twitter are polygons for development of egoistic behavior and I don’t like it but it’s the best place to promote your work on internet.

'' 命 " by Sholim

” 命 ” by Sholim

Of your works, which are your favorite?

Maybe “Skinner box head” gif  because of philosophical message about modern destruction of individuality and “Kill For Peace” gif because its tribute to Tuli Kupferberg.

KILL FOR PIECE by Sholim

KILL FOR PIECE by Sholim

What advice would you give current art students?

Explore own individuality through creativity.

"CHRISTMAS TIME" by Sholim

“CHRISTMAS TIME” by Sholim

Milos “Sholim” Rajkovic – ONE MINUTE PORTRAITS is his YouTube channel where GIF animation is supplemented by audio accompaniment.

"EMPTINESS" by Sholim

“EMPTINESS” by Sholim

Sholim’s Tumblr page  has more of his GIFs.

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