New Stripitz portrait, Robert Prebil, an actor as a sculptoror
Robert Prebil is an renown actor, but for last few years he dived into sculpture making. Next week he has an opening of an exhibition of his sculptures. The assignment from Mladina forStripitz rubric came in the time when I’m totally flooded by work and I contact him on Thursday to find out that only that day he has a day off and a lot of time to make the portrait. So I said why not and went to Ljubljana without any preconception how to make a portrait. I leaned to my notorious banzai tactic that basically means I have no clue what I’m doing, but I’ll do it in the best way possible!
Robert wanted to have his sculpture in the front plane so that him as an actor will be in a second plane. He wanted to distinguish his role as an actor from his sculpture making. I said that’s good enough for me, let’s build a story around that! We took a walk around the near area, looking for a proper place to set his sculpture and I was astonished by graveyard of writers and poets Navje in Ljubljana! We have chosen Plečnik‘s archers. We had a great discussion about art, how him as an actor is a medium for a director and writer of theater act, whereas in sculpture making he is a casting his vision to material medium.
So we were watching his sculpture under Plečnik’s architecture and he stated quite loudly: “THIS! This is what Plečnik left out from his architecture! This feminine principle!” I agreed completely. We admired the view on the sculpture and think how we should embed the author in this perfect scenery… We tried many options and on the end I decided to place Robert far in the back and with lightning establish the relation between each other. We worked for an hour and a half. I know I can make a good picture if I only have enough time and patience from the person portrayed.