Saša Ostoja took up residence in Gallery 33 with his entourage of beasts, wild animals, and furry miscreants to create a jungle menagerie in the Westergas ‘culture park.’
The art world can be a bewildering jungle or it can be a stroll in the park. We like to have our daily life turned upside down, the park turned into a jungle, and the jungle become a place of wonder, humour, inspiration and chaotic beauty. Saša Ostoja was just the artist needed for this task.
Embracing the nomen of ‘Naïve Art’ for his idiosyncratically stylized animals, Saša’s goal is to pull the rug from under our mechanized and ritualized lives and hold up a mirror decorated in flourishing and child-like fantasy; a mirror meant not only to reflect, but to reimagine. Attacking the page with his fountain pen and a pot of ink, he creates worlds in his illustrations that simultaneously evoke and challenge societal forms.
Saša moved in to Gallery 33 with works from his personal collection, both prints and original pieces, as well as some sculptures to populate and (though you wouldn’t know it at first glance) derange, disturb and delight you.
This was Saša’s first solo show and our first time exhibiting a local artist by themselves. Hope you managed to stop by for a look at his amazing worlds!