Vicki Clough Curates

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Dushan Milic’s Favourite Illustrations

When I first spoke to illustrator Dushan Milic about featuring his art work on my blog, I began with: “Your website is great! But I don’t really know where to start.” Dushan is an exceptionally talented and prolific artist, who can (not that he does) boast clients such as The Globe & Mail, The Walrus, The Wall Street Journal, LA Times, Business Week and Alberta Oil. (I’ve selected some, at random, and in no particular order) So what is it that makes Dushan’s illustrations so special? In my opinion, it’s his own honest curiosity which comes out in every drawing, and infuses it with character and detail. His website is fun and engaging, and shows a gimps of his extensive interests, as well as links to his blog, shop and portfolio. I always enjoy when an artist’s website shares a bit about their inspirations, likes and reasoning behind the work. In short; that they tell me what they themselves like about their art. So, when deciding which illustrations to feature, I thought that his own “Favourites” would make a good selection. Then I decided that wouldn’t be very curator-y (it’s a word) of me. So I chose my own favourites…

I’ve included Dushan’s own descriptions of each illustration.

“Branson”- Richard Branson recently announced his “B” team” initiative — refers both to business and to the need for a “Plan B” for capitalism. The idea is to form a small group of business leaders who will campaign for reforms to make capitalism more oriented to the long term and socially more responsible. Proper accounting for environmental impact, an end to quarterly reporting of results, and the phasing-out of fossil-fuel subsidies are likely to be near the top of the list. **Note: ALWAYS draw the A-Team van!

“Why not Zoidberg?!”- I usually don’t draw existing characters as I find it has little to add to the broader visual landscape/conversation, but fun is fun. Having enjoyed Futurama a little too much lately I thought Dr.Zoidberg was worth a shot… like him, maybe? (he asked casually)

“Hipsters at Restaurants”- Hipster in Toronto, much like other cities, are an annoying bunch, particularly around brunch. The tendency to pounce on new ‘cool spots’ has led to altercations & fights on numerous occasions. We can only imagine the lame-ass kicks permitted by skinny jeans.

“Dreaming of Tomorrow”- A woman/couple dream of owning a house in Vancouver but find the prices far out of reach. Part of a regular series for the Globe & Mail’s Report on Business where regular people submit their financial situation for advice.

“Michael Redhill, Uncovered”- Author Michael Redhill worked under the pseudonym Inger Ash Wolfe, revealing his alter-ego in The Globe & Mail in July 2012. His revelation was illustrated by simply showing the two sides of his personality merged into one.

As always all images link back to the artists website. There are prints for sale too, should you be that way inclined. You can also follow him on Twitter, and “Dig” him on Dribble. A big Thank-you to Dushan for allowing me to use his images.


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This entry was posted on September 22, 2013 by in Art, Curatorial Practice, Drawing, illustration, Sketching, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , .
Vicki Clough

Vicki Clough

Vicki is an independent curator and craftsperson with a focus on socially engaged and participatory art and events. In January 2016 she helped launch Reconstructing Resilience, a research and curatorial project that explored various forms of sustainable practice. As a freelance curator she has worked with the Riverdale Hub, Myseum of Totonto/Art Spin and was the Curatorial Director of Figment Toronto from 2014 to 2017. She has also co-curated exhibitions including JAYU's iAM photography project (2016 & 2017), Move to Stillness, for the Harbourfront Centre's Kick Up Your Heels Festival (2015), The Duel, AGO First Thursdays (2014), and What Are You Made Of? OCAD U Graduate Gallery (2013). She initiated the Toronto based workshop model and website Polymers in Action: Socially Engaged Art and the Environment as part of her studies at OCAD University, where she obtained her Master of Fine Arts degree in Criticism and Curatorial Practice. She publishes on anything that interests her deeply and moves her to the point of lengthy verbal expression.

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