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.
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“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
A new gallery dedicated solely to contemporary ceramic art has just opened in Belgrade. This light, bright attractive space, located in the fashionable Dorcal area, has been designed to showcase the work of a group of artists some of whom are directly associated with the Blatobran Workshop, a loose but ambitious group of ceramicists who teach and work in a shared studios. The selection currently on display is notable for its eclecticism and as such demonstrates the extraordinary versatility of clay as a medium: the pieces shown here are at once aesthetic, practical, sculptural and ornamental, criss-crossing categories so that lights, bowls, animals, objects and constructions harness light and shade, void and surface, colour and texture, size and technique in brilliantly creative ways. Artists exhibiting at the moment include professionals and amateurs as well as new and established artists, and many of whom are increasingly being recognised internationally. The display will change regularly and most pieces are for sale. The gallery is open daily. Gospodar Jevremova 38, Beograd, www.blatobran.com
A fascinating exhibition of thirty-two drawings by an artist who completed his post-graduate studies in 2010 (Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Belgrade) and who has already won several awards and sent his work to exhibitions abroad (Italy, Slovakia, Switzerland and Japan). He uses lead pencil or black charcoal on white paper and his technique gives the drawings a monumental, sculptural quality that make them stick in your mind. Many are of children shown in ordinary ways – sitting, eating, reading or playing but there are also submarines at sea or drawings of nothing but the sea. The subjects are oddly varied; some relate to cinema (Bergman, Tarkovsky) while the blur looks to Richter. About 80% of the drawings have already been sold. The exhibition continues until February 16th 2015. At the Haos Gallery, Dositejeva 3, Belgrade http://www.gallerychaos.com/
Boy with a Toy I, charcoal on paper, 50 x 35cm
Void, graphite on paper, 140 x 100cm
Stairs, graphite on paper, 100 x 140cm
The novelty here is to make your home into a gallery, organise a grand opening and for eighteen continuous days exhibit the work of ten serbian artists. The formula is Nathalie Boscq’s and this is her third version in Belgrade. Paintings, drawings, photographs and prints are on view everywhere and the informality of the setting, with prints, paintings, photographs and drawings propped up on shelves, or hung from walls or columns, framed or unframed, within the clutter of a busy household works well. She has lots of open space and the party atmosphere of the opening makes the exhibition look more like an art fair, encouraging people to buy when they might not from a gallery. As Santa Claus and everyone else is broke this year, all the art on display was priced at 250 euros or less. Some artists did exceptionally well in terms of sales. The ten selected to exhibit were: Leka Mladenovic, Borko Petrovic, Ivan Jovanovic, Mina Sarenac, Vladimir Milanovic, Maja Djorjevic, Sladjana Stankovic, Tamara Miodragovic, Natasa Krstic and Nemanja Maras. Curated by Nathalie Boscq and Adeline Royer. Opened 5th December, closed 17th December, Kursumlijska 14. For more information: www.nanaopi.com
Currently on display in an award-winning gallery specialising in the exhibition of drawings is a retrospective of a highly considered, internationally acclaimed, bosnian-born artist who lives and works in Belgrade. The drawings are witness to several decades of work and they all relate to Ratko Lalic’s intense engagement with the materiality of nature. Drawing means a mixture of pencil, pen, ink, watercolour, collage and paint. What it produces are zoomed-in explorations of trees, trunks, branches, paths, nests, birds, petals and stones. The images offer intricate, dense networks of criss-crossed lines that are set against delicate colour tints – pale greys and blues, whites, greens or browns – painted-in incompletely onto textured paper. Some look botanical, others architectural. The titles record subjects in general terms, yet the drawings give aesthetic and imaginative life to the very organic particulars of Sunflowers, Roots, Vines, Blades of Grass and Traces in the Snow. Lalic sells and exhibits all over the world. This exhibition is at the Haos Drawing Art Gallery, Dositejeva 3, 11000, Belgrade. From 12h to 20h every day until 21st November 2014 see www.galleryhaos.com
The annual show of contemporary art this year curated by two Austrians around the theme of disappearing things which for many artists means nature or memory. It takes place in the stunning spaces of an empty building, just behind the old bombed out army headquarters that is still standing in all its shocking, crumbling majesty. On display is a mixture of video, photography, painting and installation by artists working across the world, although the many slavic sounding names suggest that they represent something of an artistic diaspora. The videos are the most successful in exploring a whole range of disappearing themes: like loss, or happiness or forgetting or remembering, or story telling. There are fuzzy Richter like paintings by an Albanian artist, narrated stories separated from their visual halves so that we have to remember what we heard and relate it back to what we see. Maybe most absorbing of all among the exhibits dealing with the past is the vast wall of seeing something that clearly has disappeared – the crowds who gathered to listen to Milosevic: the camera moves slowly as the words flicker silently on the screen, the speaker is absent, the listeners are present Four long minutes that offer a good demonstration of art’s ability to deal with difficult and otherwise invisible themes.Belgrade City Museum, Reavska Street 40b, Belgrade Until 2nd November 2014
Meggy Rustamova, L’Invitation au voyage, 2014
Leonard Qylafi, Imaginary 1-5, 2014
Doplgenger, Fragments Untitled, 2, 2014
An exhibition of welded metal sculpture by the Croatian artist Vlim Halbarth (b. 1970) who lives in Trogir and produces the work in the shipyard. The sculpture speaks symbolically of well-established ship-building traditions. Metal fragments and discarded pipes are shaped into bows or sterns, or other ship-like shapes. They speak directly and deliberately of an industry now in decline. Lost cultures surface too in the ‘Wall Compositions’ where the metal is used to symbolise old Slavonic writing. This is art as work and as cultural memory. Curated by Jelena Krivokapić and on now at the Gallery Beograd, Kosančićev venac 19, Belgrade www.galerijabeograd.org