Milan Milojevic

Index of Possibilities, 2000

This series of works evolved out of Milan Milojevic’s 1998 collaboration with Jennifer Marshall and Barbie Kjar on a suite of prints titled ‘Borges Bestiary’, which was an homage to Jorge Luis Borges.

For Index of Possibilities Milojevic utilised Photoshop on his computer to constructed / reconfigured hybrid creatures from Konrad Gesner’s Historia Animalium published in the 16th century. They directly correspond to creatures described in Borges’ ‘The Book of Imaginary Beings’.

The hybrid further investigates metaphorically Milojevic’s preoccupation with issues surrounding his identity (first generation Australian of German / Yugoslav descent). These images reflect a juxtaposition of geographical / cultural displacement and dislocation.

The Hybrid also describes the artist’s approach to the digital print – one of applying traditional printmaking layering methodologies to the digital print.

The prints are intentionally reminiscent of imagery found in old illustrated encyclopaedias in which animals were depicted in their natural habitats, sometimes completely straightforward, sometimes romantic. They showed what was known and imagined what was unknown.

The backgrounds for the creatures are developed from Australian and European engravings – one placed against the other.

 

‘Index of Possibilities I’, 2000
digital print
edition 1/10
sheet 97.5 x 43 cm
image 90 x 36 cm
$1,200.00

‘Index of Possibilities II’, 2000
digital print
edition 1/10
Sheet 97.5.5 x 43 cm
image 90 x 36 cm
$1,200.00

‘Index of Possibilities III’, 2000
digital print
edition 1/10
sheet 97.5 x 43 cm
image 90 x 36 cm
$1,200.00

‘Index of Possibilities IV’, 2000
digital print
edition 1/10
sheet 97.5 x 43 cm
image 90 x 36 cm
$1,200.00

 

 

 

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‘Index of Possibilities V,’ 2000
digital print
edition 1/10
sheet 97.5 x 43 cm
image 90 x 36 cm
$1,200.00

‘Index of Possibilities VI’, 2000
digital print
edition 1/10
sheet 97.5 x 43 cm
image 90 x 36 cm
$1,200.00

‘Index of Possibilities IX’, 2000
digital print
edition 1/10
sheet 97.5 x 43 cm
image 90 x 36 cm
$1,200.00

‘Index of Possibilities X’, 2000
digital print
edition 1/10
sheet 43 x 97.5 cm
image 36 x 90 cm
$1,200.00