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Ana Guberina's religious Painting: A Pilgrimage in the Christocentric Universe

Without any pretence and with all certainty it is possible to establish that Ana Guberina does not have a comparable competitor in the Croatian painting when the encounter of religious experience and kinetic gesture and their interconnectedness is concerned. Not only kinetic, but also dynamic. This gesture is expressed by means of profuse dynamics mostly because it is not caused merely by a movement, an impulse of force in the spirit and hand - but the painter's entire being has been able to make real and to transfuse hidden stimula of the most intimate existential manifestation to a permanent impetus. Spiritual inclinations, individual and deeply personal, are grasping the general and universal. A microcosm and macrocosm in a particular anthropologic and cosmic dialectics.

These forceful creative impulses that emerge from hidden landscapes of the soul could conveniently be called intuition which, in terms of Aristotle, appears as lucky, and in this case dexterous combination of instinct and intellect. And we can give them an even more appropriate name: qualitas occulta. It is a unique bond with the transcendent, with the Almighty, with God in Three Persons and Trinitarian God, and Saint Augustine talked about him as of "innermost inner self". Existentialist feeling of being thrown into the world, the feeling of not having foothold and of pointlessness, was transformed, in the Christian existentialism - which Ana Guberina makes present and presents on her canvasses with credibility - into theocentric, in other words Christocentric orientation of senses: faith and hope, loyalty and love.

Ana Guberina's preoccupations in terms of motif and theme are motivated and inspired by God's existence and touched and imbued with His life-giving mercy. Here, the visual text consists of densified and tensed, freed and dispersed infinitesimally tiny breath particles, pulsing and far-reaching, which are produced in structured swarms and longitudinal waves. A delicate shudder and powerful inrush of creative energy mediated by mercy.

It is necessary to say that utter reduction of subject-matter is part of Ana Guberina's religious painting and here, the representational gives way to the enounced. However, the motif has not completely disappeared, it is still pulsating with its inner lines of force which dynamise and keep together the elements of a discernible and unique scene. Nevertheless, the rhythm is not in the motif, but in the visual text. In the static quality of the motif, colours and forms vibrate animatedly, in which process the implicitly indicated forms, allusive and synthetic, result from the painter's formatively administered colours and return into these colours with self-confidence.

Symmetry is not rarely dominant in the paintings by Ana Guberina, and this symmetry is made alive in a particular manner by the rhythm; it is brought into resonance with the ever-changing world. Textures of the lines, created by means of forcefully thrown colour, are interlaced traces of dynamic gesture: it is a kind of action painting, a combination of exhilaration and sedateness, dispersiveness and straightforwardness, instinct and intellect; here, the flying quality of lines is interwoven, these line entwine pictorial micro-fragments thus creating dynamic structures of various morphologies and broad expressive registers, from burning and bright colours to refined chromatic reductions. Vehemently thrown colours, mostly achromatic, have spurted over the canvass creating a rich variety of trajectories, with their starting point connected. These trajectories are of tense linearity, of flexible sinusoid undulation, of spiral vortex-like quality, with their flying and interwoven features visible. The observer's attention is caught in grid-like fabrics of this unique dynamic gesture.

Dematerialisation of the material and abstraction of the subject-matter make the assimilated actualities stronger; reality is expressed more faithfully, better to say the truth, constitutive and absolute, that belongs to this reality. Really, the painter's handwriting, in its seeming asemantics, reaches towards the fullness of the truth. From these synthetic expressive lines, Ana Guberina has woven an extensive cosmos with Christ at its centre.

Although in such occasions one usually mentions artistic creation, it is more appropriate to talk about artistic act as translation from potentiality into actuality. Aristotle used the term dýnamis in order to denote potentiality, possibility, viability which together with actuality, reality, in other words, act, from the Greek enérgeia, create a metaphysical dichotomy, a duality that exists in the relationship between opposition and undeniable orientation of one towards the other.

Namely, in strict terms, only God can create. Only the eternal and omnipotent Creator does what is impossible for the mortal - with his word, he calls from non-existence into existence (creatio ex nihilo). And he does it all the time: the world keeps turning owing to the continuous God's creation (creatio continua). And so, God makes the world exist, always the same and at the same time, always new. He does it by means of the unique dialectics of genesis and mimesis.

Ana Guberina is among truly rare painters who managed to remove themselves from mimesis, from figuration, but without its complete dismissal; she has retained a sentimental secret understanding (or, better to say secret visual contact) with this figuration. Here, she has rather chosen, on the wings of imagination, extensive and sacramental spaces of the spirit where the words of genesis or creation reach from the ancient past as a kind of echo. Relations between genesis and mimesis, complex and including numerous conditions, are discernible, among other, in the painter's cycle about Adam and Eve. In this cycle, duality of female and male, but also dualities of the heavenly and earthly, of abstract and figural, of the enounced and presentational, of intelligible and sensible, of universal and personalising, of transcendent and this-worldly, and of eternal and transient meet, interweave, and are in dialectic conjugation in both spirituality and corporeality.

Primogenitors Adam and Eve misused the given gift of freedom and broke the life-giving connection with God, The Creator. As a punishment, they earned mortality. Because of that, "the second Adam" took on human nature in the perishable body, God and Man Jesus Christ, who is the Word of God: ...In Him was life, / and that life was the light of men" (The First Epistle of John 1 : 4). Christ is the source and destination of all the existing, to which all is directed, finally "so that God may be all in all" (The First Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Corinthians 15 : 28).

The path to completion, where God will be "all in all" is an entirely unique pilgrimage. It is not only earthly, but above all it is cosmic. This religious journey - one and only and one time and only - is made not only by pilgrims, but also by the entire out-of-man nature, living and non-living, the entire universe. All that exists takes on this pilgrimage to That who said for himself: "I am the way, and the truth, and the life." (The Gospel According to St. John 14 : 6). Jesus is the Way because he is the only one who declares his Father's name and shows how to come to Him; Jesus comes from his Father and comes to his Father, and is one with Him at the same time. Ana Guberina perceives shrewdly that what we find in the works of the famous Jesuit, philosopher, theologist, and palaeontologist / scientist Pierre Teilhard de Chardin: cosmic moving towards the "Omega Point" is much more credible and much more important for the Christian religion than pilgrimage shrines and destinations as well as transformative potential of pilgrimages which are, in phenomenological and cultural terms, subjects of anthropologists (especially of Victor and Edith Turner).

De Chardin aligned the Original Sin, committed by primogenitors Adam and Eve, with natural sciences and here, the beginning of man is explained as evolution which teleologically, in other words, with aim or purpose, moves towards the space of ideas, the so called Noosphere, and further on towards the "Omega Point", and this is no less than fullness of the universal cosmic Christ where "God may be all in all". With this, de Chardin elevated embodiment to the cosmic level, pointing out that the man will join God in the point of spiritual perfection, in the "Omega Point". Such a Christ-aiming evolution should be understood as a unique and unrepeatable pilgrimage.

The paintings from Ana Guberina's cycle Coherence tell us convincingly that seeking closeness to God does not have to be primarily connected with the earthly topographies or toponyms, with sacred places or shrines, but with fulness of the idea which, although it may seem as contradictio in adjecto , is centred in its cosmic all-presence. Such an understanding is supported by the words of Jesus, which follow after the Samaritan woman asks whether they (Samaritans) should worship "on this mountain" or "in Jerusalem". Jesus, namely, answers: "...the hour is coming when neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father." [...] But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth..." (The Gospel According to St. John 4 : 20-23).

Titles of some of her paintings clearly say that the artwork of Ana Guberina is strongly connected with the Gospel and the related Christian religion and symbology, as well as that it is inspired by the Christocentric thought of the Jesuit Pierre Teilhard de Chardin - who talked about the all-present power of God's love that keeps the entire universe together, centred in Christ who is love that connects all the dimensions and levels of existence and guides them towards completion and celebration in the "Omega Point", and these titles of paintings are: Adam and Eve, Coherence, Is the Universe Christocentric, Heading Towards Omega, Centring, Pilgrim, Walk to Emmaus, Meditations, Sacrament of Eucharist, Oh My Lord, Oh My Lord, Why Have You Left Me?, Here, I Do Everything New!

It is discernible in the paintings of Ana Guberina exhilaration brought about by the Gospel message, but also a modest religious composedness. This is artistic co-creation of reality, in other words, translation of its significant constituent parts from potentiality into actuality. Afront new and more far-reaching perspectives of Ana Guberina's action painting, her desire for Christ who is the centre of the entire universe, cosmos, everything that is and that has potentiality to become and to be is more and more prominent.

Exactly here, one can find the Christian power and credibility of the oeuvre with which Ana Guberina enriches the Croatian religious painting. Due to this, a lucid remark made by the historian of art Ivo Šimat Banov that there are many sacral works without true religiousness while on the other hand, some entirely abstract and non-sacral compositions include true religiousness can be applied on Ana Guberina's paintings.

Without any doubt, the artwork of Ana Guberina is "an entirely another art" (un art autre), an authentic artistic expression of the otherworldly and ungraspable; it is a painting expression within which traces of dynamic gesture pulsate, existing in semantic resonance with the words of Christ and the founding truths of the Christian religion.

Marito Mihovil Letica

Religiozno slikarstvo Ane Guberine: hodočašće u kristocentričnome svemiru

Bez ikakve preuzetnosti i posve uvjereno moguće je ustanoviti da Ani Guberini nema u hrvatskom slikarstvu usporediva takmaca kada je riječ o susretu i prožimanju religioznoga doživljaja i kinetičke gestualnosti. Ne samo kinetičke nego i dinamičke. Izobilnom dinamičnošću iskazuje se ova gestualnost ponajvećma stoga što nije prouzročena samo pokretom, impulsom sile u duhu i ruci – nego je cijelo biće slikaričino uzmoglo ozbiljiti i u trajni impetus pretočiti skrivene poticaje najintimnijeg egzistencijalnog očitovanja. Duhovne silnice, individualne i duboko osobne, dohvaćaju se općeg i univerzalnog. Mikrokozam i makrokozam u osobitoj antropološko-kozmičkoj dijalektici.

Te silovite kreativne impulse što izranjaju iz skrivenih krajobraza duše mogli bismo prikladno nazvati intuicijom, koja se u Aristotelovu smislu javlja kao sretan, u ovom slučaju i spretan spoj instinkta i intelekta. A još ih prikladnije možemo nazvati qualitas occulta. Osobita je to povezanost s transcendencijom, sa Svevišnjim, s troosobnim i trojedinim Bogom o kojem sv. Augustin govoraše kao o “najunutarnijoj unutarnjosti”. Egzistencijalistički osjećaj bačenosti u svijet, osjećaj bezuporišnosti i besmislenosti, preobrazio se u kršćanskom egzistencijalizmu – koji na platnima vjerodostojno uprisutnjuje i uprizoruje Ana Guberina – u teocentričnu odnosno kristocentričnu usmjerenost čuvstava: vjere i nade, vjernosti i ljubavi.

Motivsko-tematska zaokupljenost Ane Guberine potaknuta je i nadahnuta Božjim postojanjem te dotaknuta i prodahnuta životodajnom Njegovom milošću. Pritom je likovni tekst satkan od zgusnutih i napregnutih, oslobođenih i rasplinutih infinitezimalno sićušnih disajnih čestica, pulsirajućih i dalekosežnih, koje dospijevaju u strukturiranim rojevima i longitudinalnim valovima. Nježan srh i snažan nahrup milošću posredovane kreativne energije.

Valja k tome reći da je u religioznom slikarstvu Ane Guberine prisutna krajnja redukcija predmetnog, pri čemu prikazivačko uzmiče pred iskazivačkim. Ali motiv nije sasvim iščeznuo, nego i dalje pulsira unutarnjim silnicama koje dinamiziraju i drže zajedno elemente razaznatljivog i jedinstvenog prizora. No ritam nije u motivu, nego u likovnom tekstu. U statičnosti motiva živo titraju boje i oblici, pri čemu implicitno naznačene forme, aluzivne i sintetične, proishode iz slikaričinih oblikotvorno nanesenih boja te se u njih samosvjesno vraćaju.

Nerijetko je u slikama Ane Guberine dominantna simetrija, koju ritam na osobit način oživotvoruje, dovodi u rezonanciju sa svijetom što u neprekidnoj se nahodi mijeni. Teksture linija silovito bačene boje satkane su od tananih tragova dinamičke gestualnosti: posrijedi je svojevrsni action painting složen od ushita i sabranosti, rasutosti i usmjerenosti, instinkta i intelekta; pri čemu se preleti linija međusobno isprepliću, obavijaju pikturalne mikrofragmente, tvoreći dinamičke strukture raznolike morfologije i širokih izražajnih registara, od rasplamsalih i jarkih boja do rafiniranih kromatskih redukcija. Žustro bačene boje, mahom akromatske, briznule su na platno tvoreći bogatu raznolikost ishodišno povezanih trajektorija. Putanje su to napete pravocrtnosti, gipke sinusoidalne valovitosti, spiralne zavrtloženosti, kojih vidimo prelete i preplete. Promatračeva pozornost biva uhvaćenom u mrežolika tkanja ove osobite dinamičke gestualnosti.

Dematerijalizacijom tvarnoga i apstrakcijom predmetnoga jače su asimilirane realije, vjernije izražena je zbilja odnosno pripadna joj istina, konstitutivna i apsolutna. Doista, slikaričin se duktus u svojoj prividnoj asemantičnosti pruža prema punini istine. Od tih sintetičkih ekspresivnih linija satkala je Ana Guberina prostrani kozmos usredišten u Kristu.

Premda se u ovakvim prigodama običava spominjati umjetničko stvaranje, primjerenije bi bilo govoriti o umjetničkome činu kao prevođenju iz potencijalnosti u aktualnost. Aristotel se koristio pojmom dýnamis da bi označio potencijalnost, mogućnost, možnost, koja zajedno s aktualnošću, zbiljnošću odnosno činom, grčki enérgeia, tvori metafizičku dihotomiju, dvojstvo što se nahodi u odnosu opreke i neotklonjive međusobne upućenosti.

Naime, u striktnome smislu jedino Bog može stvarati. Samo vječni i svemožni Stvoritelj čini ono što je smrtnicima nemoguće – svojom riječju poziva iz nepostojanja u postojanje (creatio ex nihilo). I to čini stalno: svijet biva uzdržavan zahvaljujući trajnomu Božjem stvaranju (creatio continua). Tako Bog podržava postojanje svijeta, odvajkada istog i ujedno vazda novog. Čini to u osobitoj dijalektici gèneze i mìmeze.

Uistinu su rijetki slikari kojima je kao Ani Guberini pošlo za rukom otkloniti se od mìmeze, od figuralnosti, a ne ukloniti je posve, nego ostati s njom u tankoćutnom dosluhu (ili bismo možda mogli reći “dovidu”), priklonivši se, na krilima imaginacije, prostranim i otajstvenim prostorima duha gdje kao jeka što dospijeva iz pradavnosti govore riječi gèneze ili stvaranja. Složeni i višestruko uvjetovani odnosi između gèneze i mìmeze razaznatljivi su, među inim, u slikaričinu ciklusu o Adamu i Evi, gdje se u duhovnosti i tjelesnosti susreću, prožimaju, dijalektički sprežu te u sintezu uzdižu ne samo dvojstvo ženskog i muškog nego i dualiteti nebeskog i zemaljskog, apstraktnog i figuralnog, iskazivačkog i prikazivačkog, inteligibilnog i senzibilnog, univerzalnog i personalističkog, transcendentnog i ovosvjetskog, vječnog i prolaznog.

Praroditelji Adam i Eva zlorabili su darovanu slobodu te zabacili životodajnu povezanost s Bogom Stvoriteljem. Kao kaznu zadobili su smrtnost. Zbog toga se u prolaznome tijelu učovječio “drugi Adam”, Bogočovjek Isus Krist, koji je Riječ Božja: “... u njoj bijaše život, / i život bijaše ljudima svjetlo” (Evanđelje po Ivanu 1,4). Krist je izvor i uvir svega postojećeg, kojemu sve smjera da naposljetku “Bog bude sve u svemu” (Prva poslanica Korinćanima 15,28).

Put prema dovršenju, gdje će Bog biti “sve u svemu”, jest sasvim osobito hodočašće. Ono nije samo zemaljsko, nego povrh svega kozmičko. U tome hodočašću – jedincatom i jednokratnom – sudjeluju ne samo ljudi hodočasnici nego i sva izvanljudska priroda, živa i neživa, cijeli svemir. Sve što postoji hodočasti prema Onomu koji za sebe reče: “Ja sam Put i Istina i Život” (Evanđelje po Ivanu 14,6). Isus je Put jer jedini objavljuje Oca i pokazuje kako k Njemu doći; Isus od Oca dolazi i k Ocu ide, a u isti je mah s Njime jedno. Ana Guberina izvrsno uviđa da je od hodočasničkih svetišta i odredišta te transformativnoga potencijala hodočašća, o čemu fenomenološki i kulturološki govore antropolozi (napose Victor i Edith Turner) – znatno vjerodostojnije i za kršćansku vjeru važnije ono što nahodimo u djelima znamenitog isusovca, filozofa, teologa i prirodoznanstvenika Pierrea Teilharda de Chardina: kozmičko gibanje prema “točki Omega”.

De Chardin je iskonski grijeh, koji su počinili praroditelji Adam i Eva, uskladio s prirodnim znanostima, pri čemu je postanak čovjeka protumačio evolucijom koja teleološki, tj. uciljno, svrhovito, smjera prema prostoru ideja, tzv. noosferi, i dalje prema “točki Omega”, a to je ništa manje nego punina univerzalnoga kozmičkoga Krista, gdje će “biti Bog sve u svemu”. Time je De Chardin utjelovljenje uzdigao na kozmičku razinu ističući da će se čovjek pridružiti Bogu u točki duhovnoga, spiritualnoga savršenstva u “točki Omega”. Takvu kristo-uciljnu evoluciju imamo razumijevati kao jedincato i neponovljivo hodočašće.

Slike iz ciklusa Povezanost – Coherence Ane Guberine snažno nam govore da traženje Božje blizine ne treba u prvome redu povezivati sa zemaljskim topografijama ili mjestopisima, sa svetim mjestima ili svetištima, nego s puninom istine koja je, premda se to može doimati kao contradictio in adjecto, usredištena u svojoj kozmičkoj posvudašnjosti. Takvo razumijevanje podupiru Isusove riječi koje uslijediše nakon Samarijankina pitanja treba li se klanjati “na ovome brdu” ili “u Jeruzalemu”. Isus naime odgovara da “dolazi čas / kad se nećete klanjati Ocu / ni na ovoj gori ni u Jeruzalemu. / [...] dolazi čas – sada je! – / kad će se istinski klanjatelji klanjati Ocu / u duhu i istini” (Evanđelje po Ivanu 4,20-23).

Da je slikarstvo Ane Guberine snažno prodahnuto Evanđeljem i s njime povezanom kršćanskom vjerom i simbologijom te da je nadahnuto kristocentričnom mišlju isusovca Pierrea Teilharda de Chardina – koji govoraše o sveprisutnoj snazi Božje ljubavi što drži na okupu čitav svemir usredišten u Kristu, ljubavi koja povezuje sve dimenzije i razine postojanja te ih vodi prema dovršenju i proslavi u “točki Omega” – jasno svjedoče nazivi nekih njezinih slika: Adam i Eva, Povezanost, Je li svemir Kristocentričan, Gibanje prema Omegi, Usredištenje, Hodočasnik, Put u Emaus, Meditacije, Otajstvo Euharistije, Bože moj, Bože moj, zašto si me ostavio?, Evo, sve činim novo!

U slikama Ane Guberine moguće je razaznati evanđeoskom porukom nošen ushit, ali i smjernu vjerničku sabranost. Posrijedi je umjetničko su-stvaranje zbiljnosti odnosno prevođenje iz potencijalnosti u aktualnost važnih njezinih sastavnica. Pred novim i dalekosežnijim perspektivama akcionog slikarstva Ane Guberine sve izrazitijom postaje njezina žudnja za Kristom u kojemu je usredišten cijeli svemir, kozmos, sve što jest i što ima potencijalnost postati i biti.

Upravo se u tome nalazi kršćanska snaga i vjerodostojnost opusa kojim Ana Guberina obogaćuje hrvatsko religiozno slikarstvo. Tako se na njezine slike može primijeniti lucidna zamjedba povjesničara umjetnosti Ive Šimata Banova da je mnogo sakralnih djela bez prave religioznosti, dok, s druge strane, istinsku religioznost u sebi nose neke potpuno apstraktne i nesakralne kompozicije.

Ne podliježe sumnji da je slikarstvo Ane Guberine “jedna druga umjetnost” (un art autre), autentično umjetničko iskazivanje onostranog i nepredočivog; slikarski je to izraz u okrilju kojeg pulsiraju tragovi dinamičke gestualnosti, bivajući u semantičkoj rezonanciji s Isusovim riječima i temeljnim istinama kršćanske vjere.

Marito Mihovil Letica

18th May 2023

više o ani guberina

Novi ciklus slika Ane Guberine nastavlja se na njezina prethodna istraživanja u području gestualne apstrakcije, no apstraktna matrica delikatnih linija naznačuje iznimno složen doživljaj stvarnosti. To nije apstraktno slikarstvo koje bježi od kompleksnosti svakodnevice, i u kojemu se umjetnica emotivno i mentalno ograđuje od zbilje, već slojevito elaboriranje nekoliko prisutnih dimenzija realiteta koje svi vrlo izraženo osjećamo. Baveći se nekim vječnim i univerzalnim temama poput ljubavi, bliskosti, duhovnosti i povezanosti svih živih bića u ovom kutku Svemira, Ana Guberina povremeno jasno naznačuje ljudski lik, oblake, planete... preko intimističkih tema stremeći ka spiritualnim pitanjima i dilemama.

Uspješno odoljevši banalnostima realističke ili naturalističke naracije u polju slike koja se često javlja kod sakralnih motiva, Ana Guberina kroz suptilno dinamički pokrenutu mrežu linija i mikrofragmenata progovara o sveprožimajućoj snazi ljubavi i duhovnosti u svim stvarima i svim razinama stvarnosti oko nas. Na tragu učenja teologa i filozofa Pierrea Teilharda de Chardina, i kod Ane Guberine svijet očito pokreće i čuva u ravnoteži Božja ljubav koja se rasprostire poput svjetla. Jer, nedostatak ljubavi snažno osjećamo kao i nedostatak svjetlosti, odsustvo boje, energetsko umrtvljenje. Zato su ova platna prožeta konstantnom frekvencijom pulsiranja i titranja koju održava beskonačna mreža gustih prepleta delikatnih linija.

Pa i kad se dogodi neka pukotina u emotivnom kôdu ili trenutak iskušenja, malaksalosti i nedoumice u sivom rasteru slike, to je brzo zaliječeno novim slojem pikturalne materije. Ovo slikarstvo kao da premošćuje sve teške intimne trenutke, iako od njih ne bježi skrivajući ih u neku utopijsku sliku savršeno izbalansiranog unutrašnjeg života. Ono govori o autentičnom iskustvu umjetnice koja intenzivno osjeća sve fine dimenzije stvarnosti. Uostalom, i u akcijskom slikarstvu Jacksona Pollocka postoji jedna razina spiritualnog kretanja linijâ preuzeta iz tradicije obrednih crteža Navajo šamana, kao što je i Mark Tobey svoje bijele apstraktne mreže linija usavršio nakon upoznavanja s učenjem zen budizma. Ana Guberina svakako je svojim slikarskim senzibilitetom bliža Tobeyu, koji je slikanje doživljavao kao oblik meditacije, duboko motiviran duhovnošću.

Ne zadržavajući se na doslovnom interpretiranju duhovnih i sakralnih motiva, Ana Guberina uspijeva pronaći vrlo delikatnu ravnotežu u kontrapunktiranju tema i modela slikarskog rukopisa. Svjesna kako danas svi živimo u izvjesnom zatvorenom ili ograničavajućem matrix- u, ona ipak uporno stremi ljubavi i povezanosti, kontemplativnosti koja želi nadrasti barijere svih emotivnih, religijskih i kulturoloških naučenih obrazaca.

Iva Körbler


gibanja i strukture

Sudeći prema dosadašnjim galerijskim istupima, koji su pretežno uključivali krajolike (nerijetko i na rubu apstrakcije) i religiozne motive, aktualni ciklus ‘Gibanja i strukture’ zamišljen je i započet kao odrešita odluka umjetnice da se hrabro otisne s one strane prikazivačkog u neomeđeno područje duhovnog i metafizičkog. Rasplamsalo žutilo i crvenilo koje je dominiralo prikazima ‘Ljeta na otoku’ na recentnim se je slikama udružilo s energičnim nanosima bijele i(li) crne boje u mrežaste strukture neobične izražajnosti i širokog asocijativnog raspona. Sama će umjetnica sugerirati neka moguća odčitavanja poput ‘mogućnosti nadnaravnog’, ‘materija i nematerija’, odnosno ‘odgovara li definiciji čuda, zapanjujuće zbivanje kao što je Veliki prasak?’.

Iz ovih autoričinih natuknica nije teško ustanoviti kako su eksplozijama slikarske energije, zabilježene gustim prepletima akrilika, prethodila podjednako intenzivna unutarnja promišljanja koja su pokušala dovesti u sklad kršćanski svjetonazor i suvremene teorije o nastanku i funkcioniranju svemira.

U tom smislu, sklon sam prihvatiti sugestiju likovnih kritičara Gorana Blagusa i Enesa Quiena koji su isticali autentičnu suvremenost kao ključnu odliku osobne poetike Ane Guberine, budući da i ova izložba svjedoči o samosvojnosti njenih promišljanja i doživljavanja suvremenosti kao i o umijeću iznalaženja sugestivnog likovnog govora. Mom prvotnom dojmu kako Ana Guberina gradi svoj osobni slikarski iskaz na temelju ‘povijesnog slijeda hrvatskog kolorističkog slikarstva marina, negdje na liniji Gliha-Dulčić-Murtić-Kuliš’ mogli bismo ovog puta pridodati i reference na neke doajene svjetske apstrakcije poput Jacksona Pollocka i Marka Tobeya; međutim, prvenstveno valja naglasiti kako je autorica do usporedljivih morfoloških rješenja došla slijedeći vlastiti stvaralački put. Ono što pritom ponajviše fascinira jest postupno usložnjavanje izvora nadahnuća, ali i slikarske moći s kojima se na platnu hvata u koštac s iskonskim pitanjima opstojnosti i stvaralaštva. Upravo stoga sam na početku ove pohvale misaonoj i slikarskoj ambicioznosti Ane Guberine iznio svoju dvojbu o mogućnosti preciznog definiranja stvaralaštva koje pred sebe svjesno ne želi postaviti nikakva duhovna ili metierska ograničenja.

Darko Glavan

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The new cycle of paintings by Ana Guberina is a continuation of her previous research into gestural abstraction, but the abstract matrix of delicate lines suggests an extremely complex perception of reality. It is not abstract art which escapes the complexity of everyday life, and in which the artist detaches herself emotionally and mentally from reality, but a layered elaboration of several present dimensions of reality that we all feel intensely. Addressing certain eternal and universal themes such as love, closeness, spirituality and interrelationship of all living creatures in this corner of the Universe, Ana Guberina occasionally clearly shows a human being, clouds, planets…striving after spiritual issues and dilemmas across intimist subject matter.

Having successfully resisted the banality of realist or naturalist narrative in the field of painting which is common in sacral motives, Ana Guberina, through a subtle dynamic of a network of lines, speaks of the all-pervasive force of love and spirituality in all things and on all levels of reality around us. Following the teaching of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, a theologian and philosopher, for Ana Guberina the world is obviously also set in motion and kept in balance by God's love which is dispersed like light. For we feel the lack of love as the lack of light, absence of color, numbness of energy. That is why a constant frequency of pulsation and vibration reflected by an endless network of tightly intertwined delicate lines permeates these canvases.

So even when an odd crack in the emotional code happens, or a moment of temptation, exhaustion or dilemma in the grey screen of the painting, it is quickly healed by a new layer of pictural matter. This art seems to be bridging all the difficult intimate moments, although it does not run away from them by hiding in a utopian picture of a perfectly balanced inner life. It speaks of an authentic experience of the artist who feels all the fine dimensions of reality intensely. After all, Jackson Pollock's action painting also contains a level of spiritual movement of the lines taken from the Navajo shaman ritual painting, just as Mark Tobey perfected his white writing after having studied Zen Buddhism. Ana Guberina's artistic sensibility is definitely closer to that of Tobey, for whom painting was a form of meditation and who was deeply motivated by spirituality.

Not dwelling on the literal interpretation of spiritual and sacral motives, Ana Guberina manages to strike a fine balance in counterpointing the themes and models of her brush stroke. Despite being aware that we all nowadays live in a certain closed or limiting matrix, she still persistently seeks love and interconnectedness, contemplativeness that wishes to transcend the barriers of all emotional, religious and cultural learned patterns.

Iva Körbler


motions and structures

Judging by Guberina’s earlier exhibitions, including predominantly landscapes (frequently on the verge of abstraction) and religious motifs, the current cycle of ‘Motions and Structures’ reveals the artist’s decisiveness to abandon representational art and bravely enter endless spiritual and metaphysical space. The blazing yellow and red that dominate the representations of the ‘Summer on the Island’ have joined forces with the energetic strokes of white and/or black to create net-like structures of unique expressiveness and wide associative span. The artist herself suggests some interpretations: ‘possibility of the supernatural’, ‘matter and non-matter,’ and ‘could the astonishing event such as the Big Bang be defined as a miracle?’

These brief notes instantly reveal that the explosions of creative energy, recorded in the dense mash of acrylic, ensue from equally intense contemplations which tried to reconcile the Christian faith with the contemporary theories of the creation and functioning of the universe.

In this respect, I am prepared to accept the suggestion of art critics Goran Blagus and Enes Quien. They emphasize ‘authentic contemporaneity’ as the key quality of Ana Guberina’s personal philosophy of art – this show is a testimony to the uniqueness of her contemplations and her experience of the contemporary moment. The both are expressed by her original and suggestive visual language. My original impression that Ana Guberina derives her personal painterly language from the ‘historical sequence of Croatian colouristic painting of marinas, somewhere on the line of Gliha-Dulčić-Murtić-Kuliš’ could now be supplemented by references to some doyens of abstract art, such as Jackson Pollock and Mark Tobey. Still, we should stress the fact that the morphology of Guberina’s paintings is the result of her own, unique creative quest. Her paintings fascinate us by the gradually evolving complexity of her inspiration and by her painterly power to deal with the primordial issues of existence and creativity. This is the reason why, beginning my praise of Ana Guberina’s philosophical and painterly ambition, I expressed my doubt that we could ever clearly define a creative effort which deliberately refuses all spiritual and metier limitations.

Darko Glavan

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The Croatian artist Ana Guberina lives and works in Zagreb. She received a master’s degree after attending the College for Visual Arts in Ljubljana. In 2002, she received the Pasionska baština Award. She studied abroad at the Cité des arts in Paris and the University of California in the USA.

expressive works

Ana Guberina creates her acrylic paintings on canvas with vehement gestures that express her personal emotions. Her technique can be characterized as action painting as the artist uses the movement of her whole body. The paintings feature strong, powerful and joyful colors.

meaningful series

The work of Ana Guberina is organised into different series; the significant ones include “Summer on the Island“, where Guberina visually expresses joy and the harmony of the Mediterranean atmosphere. For example, the colors red and yellow represent summertime. In the cycle “Motions and Structures“ or “Coherence“ she tries to enter the endless spiritual and metaphysical space; furthermore, in cycles like "Your Face, O Lord, I Seek“ she contemplates the dialogue between man and God.


Ana Guberina’s paintings have been exhibited in forty solo shows and more than one hundred group exhibitions. Her paintings can be found in well-known Croatian galleries and private collections.


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