As a conceptual artist fascinated by nature and its secrets, the universe and its forces, and the possibilities these offer as works of art, Ivan Mestrovic pushes the limits of possibility in each of his pieces; where science and art mix, where the magic of our world is being explored, and where the simplicity of form expresses great complexity.
Fascinated by architecture, and admiring the work of Brazilians Oscar Niemeyer and Isay Weindfeld, I embraced contemporary art through this discipline. Like certain architectural constructions, my pieces challenge different technical aspects and play with the most noble materials. My questioning of form and space is reflected in the installations and conceptual sculptures that I create in my Artlabs, located in the United Arab Emirates, Monaco, Hungary and Croatia.
As a child I explored spin art, in the manners of a young Damien Hirst, but a few years before him... (—Yes Damien, I was first). I am in awe of artistic gestures that are understated, simple and full of majesty. The works of Anish Kapoor have left a substantial imprint on the development of my creations. If I could have an art mentor, he would be the one.
My work highlights certain aspects of our world which have ceased to impress us, to fascinate us as they should, even though they are the key elements of its functioning. Through my installations, I explore the limits of what can be achieved by applying the rules of durability essential to all artworks. Art and science combined give off a magic that can fascinate and move our minds, a magic that creates some of the most beautiful experiences of humanity.
Sometimes I feel as much Engineer as Artist. An Engineer in Art.
All roads lead to art... Or begin with it. For artist Ivan Mestrovic, it is the path of a multidisciplinary personality taming the pure expression of his creativity.
Born 1979 in Croatia, Mestrovic is a worldwide based entrepreneur and creator who has always nurtured his vast interests in music, sports and architecture. During the 2020’s unprecedented pandemic times, he took advantage of the global confinement to reflect and devote himself to a passion he held on stand by for too long: Conceptual Art.
A conception around a fragile yet familiar form, symbolising birth, creation, and protection. These unique pieces are materialised in perfect Golden Ratio proportions, carved from the strangest, rarest, most precious, and dangerous materials found on Earth. Each unique piece encloses intriguing stories of the past, present, and future.
It all started with a conversation among art enthusiasts. We had lively theoretical discussions proposing ideas to activate our thoughts and imagination. How can we express gravity, this fundamental law of the Universe? Why not pay tribute to it by highlighting its absence?
This is how the series was born. It marked the beginning of a long period of research and development to play with the laws of elementary physics and achieve the levitation of matter. To date, no one has achieved this kind of installations, neither in art nor in engineering.