Boris Burić (1981) is an intermedia artist from Belgrade. His works are conceptually oriented and often based on the idea of social and art critique expressed in gallery and artistic actions in non-gallery space. His field of interest covers film, photography, action, performance, collage. He cooperates with various artists, curators, galleries, etc. He exhibits in solo and group exhibitions in the country and abroad. He lives in Belgrade and Rijeka.
Ready-made object / Book size / 2022
By writing Kiirnberger’s quote, as a motto: “…and whatever a man knows, whatever is not mere rumbling and roaring that he has heard, can be said in three words…” in the introduction to the book Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, Wittgenstein implicates that deep thoughts, ideas and concepts can be concisely verbalized. Wittgenstein’s concise statements were the starting point and inspiration for many artist, especially in the 1960s and ‘70s, whose works have often referred to his philosophical thoughts. In my work which is a combination of intuition, reflexive thinking, conceptual art, philosophy, dark humor etc., using different media, I strive for the “economy of expression” in which I try to achieve maximum effect with minimal resources.
The work itself is an intervention on the book Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, where I have annulled the complete body of text, leaving only two selected words visible. The extracted “two words” become a kind of tautology, which refer to itself. “Two words” consist of just that, two words. “Two words” are conceived as a mind-puzzle that talks about order of perception, first what we see, followed by our logical reasoning. “Two words” is a reflexive perception, a set of thoughts about words, conceptual gestures, mind games, tautologies. The work is influenced by Minimalism, Arte Povera, Fluxus and Conceptual art, which neutralize aesthetics as a norm and put emphasis on mental decipherment opposed to visual impression.