SIX WELL ESTABLISHED ARTIST FROM THE BALKANS
Roman Djuranović | Nemanja Golijanin | Tadija Janičić
Žolt Kovač | Iva Kuzmanović | Petar Mirković
Private View: Wednesday 7 December 2016 from 18:30 to 20:30
8 December 2016 - 14 January 2017
Gallery opening time: Monday to Friday 12: 00 to 18:00,
Saturday and Sunday from 14:30 to 17:00 (Closed on Mondays)
Please note: Gallery 106 will be closed for Christmas and New Year Holidays
Opening on 3rd January 2017
This exceptional exhibition is a collaboration between Contemporary Balkan Art (CoBA) and G A L L E R Y 106.
This joint exhibition will introduce the very best contemporary artists to London, who already have well-established reputations within their countries of origin and internationally.
The participating artists have impressive records of accomplishment of exhibiting in groups and solo shows. Many of them have also received prestigious awards. This group of artists share a distinctive way of depicting contemporary society, from the world they live in.
The aim of the exhibition is to introduce and reveal the vision of the participating artists to a worldwide audience through presenting 27 works of art. The show includes art made by using different techniques and media, such as oil and acrylic on canvas, pencil and charcoal on paper, silkscreen and oil on aluminium.
The artist’s influences tend to arise from modern media examining such elements as cartoons, photography and pop videos, falling loosely but not exclusively, into the genera of pop art.
Žolt Kovač (b.1975) is based in Belgrade, Serbia. He received undergraduate and master’s degrees from the Faculty of Fine Arts in Belgrade. He has exhibited his work in more than twenty solo shows and numerous group exhibitions, in Serbia and internationally (including in Austria, Germany, France, Norway, Estonia, Russia, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary and Greece). Žolt is the co-founder and editor of the influential online arts magazine Supervizuelna (www.supervizuelna.com) which provides critical analysis of some of the dominant issues of contemporary art). He also plays bass guitar in the alternative rock band Jarboli.
A dilemma is created within Žolt’s examines our all-consuming ‘rush’ towards criteria that are being degraded within society; the idea of why we started this rush has disappeared and is no longer challenged, critically. Why are we chasing it? Is it money, fame, happiness or fulfilment of newly created needs? Wants that we can no longer remember when or how they sprang into being, within us. Conversely, time can pass quickly, but there is always the impression it is vanishing and more often, we are trying to overcome it through, manic activities. Žolt’s sparse images are reminiscent of both Patrick Caufield and Roy Lichtenstein.
Iva Kuzmanović (b.1984) is a Serbian artist, educated at the Department of Painting within the Faculty of Fine Arts in Belgrade. Her artwork has regularly been exhibited in the Balkans as well as in Austria, Hungary and Switzerland. As a curator and founding member of the U10 Art Space, Iva has produced numerous art shows and projects.
In her work, Iva uses a wide variety of imagery such, which includes frames from pop music videos and the music itself. The imagery is used to create memento mori motifs in a contemporary interpretation of the vanitas, still life tradition. In this show we have a painting that mimics the image created by a person walking through a wall.
Petar Mirković (b.1978) comes from Novi Sad, where he graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts. Petar has been artist-in-residence at several institutions, including the National Academy of Fine Arts and Architecture, Kiev and the Art Phalanx, Vienna. Petar’s solo shows have included the Cité international des Arts, Paris (2004), Remont Gallery, Belgrade (2010) and Lukas Feichtner Gallery Vienna (2013). He has participated in numerous group exhibitions including The Palais de Tokyo Hype Gallery Paris, (2004), Röda Sten, Gothenburg (2006), Zerynthia Rome (2007), Saatchi & Saatchi, London (2007), Tom Christoffersen Gallery Copenhagen (2008), Kunstlerhaus, Vienna. (2014) and has taken part in many international arts fairs.
Playing with shadows, reflections, textures, and glare of street lamps and car headlights, Mirković creates a kind of exciting urban mythology. His works are extremely attractive and leave a strong impression on the observer. Although his drawings are in charcoal on paper, they give the impression of being black-and-white photographs. Peter's works could be categorized under hyperrealism, but the author says he never gave priority to this effect.