Art or War consists of many famous works and art featuring portraits of celebrities and iconic religious figures outlined in bullet holes. Viktor Mitic was shocked by recent incidences of defacement of sacred workds such as the destruction of the giant Buddhas of Bamiyan by the Talinan and decided to use the destructive power of the gun to instead create art and to counter the destruction normally caused by the tool.
“Although the process is very loud, there is a sense of peace after the smoke is gone.” – Viktor Mitic
Viktor Mitic’s paintings shimmer and move. They look back at you. They hunt you down…
Eleven of the paintings presented in Art or War are accompanied by prose or poetry by a distinguished Canadian author: Erika Ritter, George Elliott Clarke, George Fetherling, Katherine Govier, Catherine Bush, Susan Musgrave, Gary Michael Dault, Barry Dempster, Jim Nason, and Goran Simic. These writers’ creative responses provide an illuminating counterpoint to Mitic’s inspiring and challenging work.