The die is cast; 2010.; acrylic on canvas; (30 x 30) x 9cm; Installation view, Academy of Fine Art, Banja Luka, BiH.
The die is cast
The starting point of the composition "The die is cast" is the Rubik's cube, which consists of nine movable panels. Originally the panels in primary colors, yellow, red and blue are located on the top and bottom of the cube. The derived colors orange and green are placed in the middle, while color white is placed in the center. Deliberately changing the order of the original composition of the Rubik's cube you create almost an endless number of new images. Those newly created images are supposed to emphasize the actual space, as such, which is not treated as a passive layer around the object, but as an integral part of the object itself. I symbolically connected the crossing of the Rubicon river with the visual appearance of the Rubik's cube to highlight the point of no return. Julius Caesar famously said on the Rubicon river in 49 BC: "Alea iacta est", which literally means: "The die is cast", when he disobeyed the commandments of the Senate and with his legions walked across the river Rubicon, which almost led to a civil war. Which is one of the best examples of the point of no return. The creator of the Rubik's cube, Erne Rubik, used that quote and his own last name and made a fun wordplay when he invented a new game in 1974, which he called the Rubik's cube. Caesar's determination can refer to any work of art. His words could be interpreted as an artist's attempt to reinvent his own work, without any limitations.