Check out this book trailer for Walt Whitman’s Secret by George Fetherling. In this wonderfully imagined novel, Walt Whitman’s secret isn’t his homosexuality but another one entirely but another one entirely. It’s a political secret, one that the greatest American poet of the nineteenth century has pledged himself to keep until he is on his deathbed.
Handy with a paintbrush and a gun, Viktor Mitic’s provocative art has people all over the world talking about his take on war, religion, and politics.
Artist Viktor Mitic is making headlines in Canada and the UK with his controversial gunshot paintings, which feature portraits of celebrities (Quentin Tarantino, John Lennon), iconic religious figures (Jesus Christ, the Virgin Mary), and famous works or art (The Last Supper, Guernica) outlined in bullet holes. Shocked by recent occasions when places of worship were attacked and destroyed; for example, the defacement of Christian frescoes by soldiers and villagers in Kosovo, Mitic explains that his goal is to use weapons in his art to create rather than to destroy. Guns are naturally perceived with uneasiness, and the image of an artist shooting a painting of an iconic figure carries an intense psychological impact; however, the juxtaposition of beauty constructed out of violence in Mitic’s paintings generates an unexpected feeling of tranquility. In his own words, “Although the process is very loud, there is a sense of peace after the smoke is gone.” The fifty works of art presented in this book will be accompanied by writing by ten distinguished Canadian authors, including Lynn Crosbie, Katherine Govier, Susan Musgrave, Gary Michael Dault, George Elliott Clarke, and Barry Dempster.
Viktor Mitic was born in Belgrade, Serbia. A University of Toronto graduate artist, classically trained in art schools in Europe, Mitic has produced a major body of work that spans a career of over two decades. For a number of years, he was painting non-representational paintings using natural elements such as rain and hail to render surfaces of the paintings in oils on canvas. Mitic has successfully integrated various materials into his recent body of work: charcoal, graphite, oil, acrylic, watercolour, pen and ink, and japanese traditional natural pigment. Viktor’s first book, Dealers: 36 Portraits of Toronto’s Art Dealers, was published by Tightrope in 2009. He has had many successful solo and group shows of his paintings in Europe, the United States, Canada, and, most recently, Japan. Viktor Mitic lives in Toronto.