Afterform, 2015

In this work, David Maljkovic manages to portray a situation in which differing viewpoints on modernity are reconciled. “Afterform” could be taken to mean “according to form”, which would be a reference to the formalist tradition: reducing form to its constituent elements while excluding any other notion, either psychological, social or political. “Afterform” can also be construed as “after form”, a title in the form of an injunction as an alternative to the formalist legacy.

In this animated film, David Maljkovic recycles humoristic cartoons published in a Yugoslavian architecture magazine from the 1960s. The architecture of collective housing is featured, as well as checkerboard urbanism and technocrats in suits. These drawings constitute an absurd and ironic portrayal of modernism, its architecture and its urban planning.

The film and its installation are made up of heterogeneous historical elements. The screen mounted on a tripod is evocative of analogical projection techniques, but its 16:9 aspect ratio is characteristic of the digital age. Afterform juxtaposes magazine cartoons and reproductions of the artist’s work. A liveried waiter brings in a tower building on a tray followed by a liquid crystal alarm clock. Due to their digital nature, the visual and sound effects contrast with the historical subject and prolong in turn the irony of the original illustrations. By integrating his own works, David Maljkovic becomes a contradictor as much as making himself the object of criticism.

– Julien Fronsacq


Born in 1973 in Rijeka, Croatia, David Maljkovic is known for his elegant film installations, sculptures, drawings, and photomontages, which draw on former Yugoslavia’s rich modernist legacy. With two major upcoming exhibitions at the Secession Vienna and SculptureCenter New York, the Zagreb-based artist’s past one-person exhibitions include: Out of Projection, Art Unlimited, Basel (2010); Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid (2009-2010); Kunstverein Nürnberg, Nuremberg, Germany (2008); Almost Here, Kunstverein Hamburg (2007); MoMA PS1 (2007); Scene for New Heritage Trilogy, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London (2007); Days Below Memory, CAPC, Musee D’art Contemporain, Bordeaux (2007); and Scene for New Heritage, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, Netherlands (2005). Maljkovic has participated in group shows such as: New Festival, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (2011);
Rearview Mirror, Power Plant, Toronto (2011); Che cosa sono le nuvole? Artworks from the Enea Righi Collection, MUSEION Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Bolzano, Italy.

SP25 DAVID MALJKOVIC, Afterform, 2015

  • Screen print on paper 18” x 24” (45.72 x 60.96 cm)
  • Edition of 25 + 1 artist proof

Printed with archival stocks and inks. Prints are express shipped unframed with corresponding signed and numbered artist certificate. Please note that prices may be subject to change and may increase as an edition begins to sell out.

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