Developing out of my longstanding interest in physics and mathematics, I explore the interaction between the creative mind and robotic activity. To achieve this goal, I work in diverse media: drawing, painting, sculpture, video, installation, and interactive performances. I have invented numerous mark-making devices including sets of black and/or color pencils, pastels or brushes clamped together in a straight line, parallel and equally spaced, in a series of two to five hundred pieces. Since the implementation of this technique I used over 300,000 pencils, followed by poured paint and lasers, adding to the variety of mark-making on paper, canvas or metal placed directly on the ground. Not only the artist's hand, but my entire body is involved in a precisely choreographed dance movement.
Artist Bio / CV
Dragan Ilic, Serbian - Australian - American artist, lives and works in New York and Belgrade. In the forty-five years of Ilic's art practice he has been investigating the balance between help and hinderance in the technologies of artistic production. In his performances and installations of the seventies and early eighties, Ilic began using fistfulls of pencils thrown at walls, at himself, bundled together, clamped, or fastened to drills. As his work developed through the eighties and nineties, Ilic created increasingly complex tools in response to advancements in technology. These tools incorporated a range of mark-making materials from pencils to poured paint to lasers, working over surfaces including paper, canvas, and metals. His interest in creating a symbiosis between humans and technology led him to extend the body through video projections and robotic machines which began as simple movable platforms and evolved into robotic devices that could be controlled remotely by the artist or by the participating audience. In his exhibition at the Experimental Film/Video Festival, Tokyo in 1988, inspired by investigations in contemporary physics of the multiverse, Ilic drew on paper with amplified sound, simultaneously projecting images onto moving balloons while performing in specially constructed simulated "virtual reality" suit with attached T.V. Helmet. Ilic's work combines a laborious and highly meticulous process, often requiring months of careful assembling of tools, with a instinctive, visceral, and often controversial performative experience. Ilic founded the experimental performance space ITS-Z1 in Belgrade in 2009, which serves as a platform for the intersection of art and science and has hosted internationally-acclaimed experimental artists such as Stelac. Ilic's work has been featured in television presentations and shown in numerous performance spaces, galleries, and museums internationally including Documenta, PS 1 MoMa, the Center for Cultural Decontamination in Belgrade, Queens Museum of Art, and recently at the Museum of Science in Boston as a part of National Robotics Week, April 2010.