Pero Mrnareviĉ: Aspects of life's contract. Croatian State Archives, Zagreb, 28 May 2007. Expressing his inner need to create and form Pero Mrnareviĉ has accepted the basic, eternal and probably the only possible starting point when it comes to creativity. Following the classical line his sculptures are dominated by an iron beauty line turning the abstract forms into recognizable, almost palpable, volume splendor; it is an optical and inner flash of life moving us while observing it.
Each of the forms, arising from its starting surface turns into a poweful and graphic structure provoking a dialogue. Each of them talks us into coming out of daily life into the space filled with cheerfulness and dynamism resulting from a struggle. However, the mystery of art appears to start and finish at the edges of the forms. The lively, firmly oriented forms are interrupted by sharp edges leaving us in a space filled with loneliness, suspense and hollowness.It seems as if a reflexive look directs us back to the sculptures emitting a strong, sofisticated and triumphant fetaure of vitality with a power to attract, not to repel us.
Suggesting the vision of the sea and wind as well as the cyclic quality of waves and the persistence of nature, the sculptures introduce us through iron optimism into the meaningful poetics, thick with harmony, rapture and energy, almost on the verge of Utopia, but at the same time rejecting Chaos and absurdity. Out of his intention to defy modernity or may be just for the sake of it, Pero Mrnareviĉ's creativity, following the tradition of visual art, aims not to shock or disturb us by commonplace thoughts, but to show us, in a new way, that there is always a possibility to make a noble and exciting choice in one's life.
Pero Mrnareviĉ comes from Dubrovnik. He acquired the knowledge of colour, line and volume in his native town growing up with and inheriting its ingenuity. Harmony and freedom in his work ( let alone the metaphorical meaning of his surname: nomen est omen) suggest the spirit of the adventure in a Ulysses manner, the spirit capable of linking a cliff with the sea.It's worth remembering the words of Albert Haler, the aesthetician from Dubrovnik and Croce's friend: "One should always bear in mind that Dubrovnik lies on the coast of the Mediterranean which in its foam gave birth to Aphrodite, the godess of beauty. Its waves broke into the coast of ancient Greece, the homeland of many gods, great poets and philosophers."
The tradition in Dubrovnik implies social awareness, cooperation, enterprising spirit and technological pragmatism which is evident in this very undertaking. The great artists very often need the help from the others. Thus, in his effort to give a form to his sculptures Mrnariĉ was helped by many knowledgable architects, designers, informaticians, structural engineers, civil engineers together with artisans for metal, welders and turners.
Working on forms in space, Pero Mrnareviĉ has created and offered to us the poetics of an exciting real world call in for elementary togetherness. Instead of being exhibited in a gallery, it stands to reason that these sculptures are being exhibited for the first time in the Croatian State Archives, the place where many things have been stored. It is where one is to search for the collective identity, but also a key place of the Croatian Moderna, an optimistic setting of art nouveau which played a crucial role in the history of visual arts in Croatia.