This is the last post on the arts scene in Belgrade and I want to use it to focus attention on the creative print-making of Leka (aka Alexsandar Mladenovic). His latest exhibition was inspired by the music of the British punk rock singer Vic Godard. The project evolved collaboratively, between Vic in England and Leka in Belgrade. The geography was bridged by the lyrics. Vic sent them to Leka: the original sheets, hand-written, and from 5, 10 or 20 years before. These words and the music to which they belonged inspired in turn a series of prints: Leka’s equivalents to Vic’s songs. This cross-cultural collaboration even extended to the catalogue, where one entry was written by me and the other by a Serb and historian of rock music. A double Anglo-Serbian, transcultural project. The exhibition was open at the Ozone Gallery in Belgrade from 10-20th July, and to rave reviews. You can read the catalogue text here: VicLeka text in pdf and you can find a very extensive account of the project here, on Vic Godard’s website in two parts: part 1 and part 2
Julija Draškoci graduated in 2009 from the department of ceramics at the Faculty of Applied Arts in Belgrade. She has been working since 2010 as a freelance artist, taking part in different group exhibitions. “Clay, paper and different drawing/painting materials and tools are my physical instruments for work. I chose ceramics because it offers the possibility of locating a fine balance between order and chaos. I am interested in the process of ceramics, how you get to a point where you think you have got it and then you discover that there is something more behind, the process is spiral or wave like.”
Minja Djurdjević was born in Belgrade Serbia in 1984 and graduated in 2009 from the Faculty of Applied Arts, Department of Ceramics, in the class of professor Velimir Vukicevic. She lives and works in Belgrade and has exhibited in numerous group shows and solo exhibitions. “The materials through which my art expresses itself are natural (clay, wire, glass). My inspiration comes from my imaginary world and this produces rich colour and magical forms. Mostly I produce small formats. I love it when the drawing is rich and following form. Inspiration is all around me I find it in nature, people, animals and the mostly love.”
Marija Milin was born in 1978 in Belgrade. She graduated from the Faculty of Applied Arts, department for ceramics in Belgrade in 2002. “The technique which I use is stoneware: ceramics burned in the high temperatures and then decorated with metal oxides and glazes.I build forms by hand; frequently I use a ceramic wheel, and different types of clay. This allows me to create forms inspired by nature, sometimes usable or transposed from vessel to sculpture.”
Tanja is one of Blatobran’s founders; she studied Landscape Architecture and Interior Design and started working with clay 10 years ago; she loves design and socially responsible design (http://blatobran.com/2014/06/16/komsijski-civiluk-neighborly-hanger/). Her activities are related to environmental protection and innovation.
My thanks to Jovana for collecting the artist statements. For more information on these artists contact http://blatobran.com/
Jovana Čavorović was born in Gornji Milanovac, Serbia 1985 and has been working in the field of ceramic art for the last five years. She graduated in 2010 from the department of ceramics at the University of Applied Arts in Belgrade. She has been exhibiting since 2007 and has participated in many solo & group exhibitions, symposiums and art related projects. These enormous illuminated sculptural projects have been selected for exhibition in France at the Terralha Festival, a European festival of ceramic art held every year at St Quentin la Poterie, Gard, for more information see http://www.terralha.fr/
Bojana Ristevski was born in 1985 in Belgrade. She graduated from the ceramics department at the Faculty of Applied Arts and Design in Belgrade in 2009. Since then she has participated in many exhibitions and projects both in Serbia and abroad. “The point of departure in my work is drawing. I try to transpose my drawings into ceramics. So you could say that drawing and form are my means of expression. I use a white surface for it to be clear and clean for the drawing. I like to build a form and play with it, searching for the right proportions and decoration, and getting the form back into its right position. I try to be personal in my work but the themes are changing, though the central inspirations remain: people, animals, food and my relationship towards them.
Ana Jakić Jevtović
Graduated from the ceramics department at the Faculty of Applied Arts and Design in Belgrade in 2003. She acquired the status of an independent artist in 2003 and has been teaching in the ‘Tehnoart’ professional school in the department of pottery. ‘My work is primarily oriented in two directions. First is the design of home-ware, based mostly on minimalist basic geometry – circles, cylinders, cubes etc., that have a multi-purpose character. This means that a cylinder may represent a vase, a candle-holder or a pot in one collection of items, all depending on the proportional relations of their simple geometry. I prefer earthy, natural colouring and an accent on subtle textures, comprised of text or other abstract shapes. Apart from home-ware, I’m involved in making porcelain jewelery and accessories in combination with other materials such as rubber, wood, silver and other metals.
The other aspect of my work is panel ceramic paintings. I experiment with various techniques and colouring on two-dimensional and mildly three-dimensional surfaces, raku and porcelain being the most common. I like the unpredictability of raku in combination with porcelain’s clarity and it’s susceptibility for rich textures.
for more information on these artists contact http://blatobran.com/
“My works often come to life in different styles, shapes and sizes. Sometimes they are large and colourful and resemble imaginary sea creatures or geological formations; sometimes they are complicated structures made of many different objects, with different surfaces and shapes that interact with one another. But for me they are always about the same thing: capturing and freezing a moment in time, with its special atmosphere and emotions that are hard to describe in words. In that sense, my objects are a quest for the true essence of feeling and movement. By modelling magic materials – clay and porcelain – that can change in structure, size and colour through different technological processes – is how I try and capture the true essence of life.” (Text from the artist, my thanks to Jovana Čavorocić)
Aleksandar Vac was born in Sremska Mitrovica, Serbia in 1973. He graduated from the Department of Ceramics at the Academy of Applied Arts in Belgrade, where he now lives and works. Vac has participated in many national and international exhibitions and has been the recipient of many awards. His work combines the ancient technique of terra sigillata with a modern approach to form.
Nemanja Nikolić Prika
‘I’m an artist who lives and works in Belgrade, Serbia. I graduated from the Ceramics Department at the Academy of Applied Arts in Belgrade in 2004. My art is expressed through different forms and shapes, from sculpture to illuminating objects where I use and combine a wide range of techniques and materials. I’ve been publishing and exhibiting nationally and internationally. I find paper porcelain as the best technical solution for presenting my interest in illuminated objects and experimenting with the integration of ceramic and light. When the light runs through the paper porcelain it creates a warm feeling in the spectator through the natural palette of colours from yellow to orange and red. I enjoy playing with the interventions on the surface which in the final product result from the extraordinary dance of light and shadows.’ (text from the artist, my thanks to Jovana Čavorocić)
All of these artists are exhibited at the gallery. For more information on these artists, contact www.blatobran.com