Marko Modic is a renowned Slovene multimedia artist best known for his abstract photography and paintings. His works have been showcased in galleries across the globe, as well as in various publications and monographs.
Amoebix at the AA is devoted to the eponymous Amoebix, multidimensional assistants that Marko initially encountered whilst voyaging through 1990s' wild and untouched Patagonia. No hallucinogenic drugs were involved, we are told. Amoebix can assume countless forms in order to pass through Marko's mind canals until they emerge in the wondrous, strange caverns of his subconscious. There they forage for random tidbits and detritus, bringing them to the forefront to be expressed on paper and canvas. Simply looking at Marko's works reveals a tattered old photograph here, a frayed electrical cable there… and please do not even get us started about the 20-year-old slice of prosciutto encased in clear resin.
Amoebix utilise a hitherto unknown language to communicate, assuming almost hieroglyph-like shapes, tantalising passers-by with their hidden meaning. Marko himself cannot be certain about some words he has expressed onto paper (something to do with a thick Northern accent, we are told), but assures us that the communications are merely attempts at communication between his left and right cerebral lobe.
Looking closer at Amoebix and the accompanying texts, an English-speaking reader might be surprised to find entire sentences that almost make sense, eliciting the desire to scratch at one's cerebellum. Monochrome is boring, black and white is dull – you will usually find Amoebix surrounded by a riot of colours and shapes, drawing the onlooker's eye hither and fro as if they were spectating a table tennis match. Mark Kacar, M.D.