Sand and Snow
SAND and SNOW
Internally, I dwell in uninhabited residual landscapes of urban decay and gray facades of soc-realist architecture of Eastern Europe. I remember my previous life as a wintery silence of an empty city, ashes of the burnt home, and snow. General theme of my work is industrial landscape, my recurrent interest in manmade structures and objects defined by the quiet void of human presence. My approach is an amalgam of extracting visual shapes from their logical setting (electric power plants, wiring systems, factory interiors) taken out of the context, yet realistically rendered; and juxtaposing them against flat or sub-spatial backgrounds. The underlying grid system references industrial spaces with a rich history of human activity, alluded to through architectural forms. Multilayered veils of thin glazed surfaces reduce industrial structures to a residual patina that recalls space and time. This creates the idea of traces of human presence felt in the residue of the space’s emptiness. These traces are revealed in the subtle implications of representational imagery like wire, electrical equipment, and wooden beams, and yet they are abstracted so that their presence borders on the surreal. Subtle linear system ties my entire oeuvre together: the structure remains intact beneath the curtain that the viewer navigates, recalling their own experiences and nostalgic inference associated with these now unoccupied industrial spaces and landscapes.
Mist, 2010, Acrylic on Canvas, 48” x 60”
Sneyg, 2015, Acrylic and conté on Wood, 30” x 24”
Solitaire, 2010, Oil on Canvas, 48” x 60”
Bodig, 2014, Acrylic, graphite and conté on wood, 30" x 24"
Aix, 2010, Oil on Linen, 44” x 34”
Closure, 2015, Acrylic on Wood, 30” x 24”
Cold Room, 2011, Oil on Canvas, 48” x 72”
Frost, 2011, Oil on Canvas, 58” x 46”
Golan, 2010, Acrylic on Wood, 12” x 16”
Gray Day, 2010, Oil on Canvas, 46” x 56”
Haze, 2009, Oil on Wood, 20” x 16”
Monastery, 2011, Oil on Canvas, 54” x 66”
Weave, 2014, Acrylic, graphite and conté on wood, 30” x 24”
Winter in Belgrade, 2010, Oil on Canvas, 48” x 72”
WORKS ON PAPER
Branch, 2009, Acrylic on Paper, 22” x 30”
Cornstarch, 2010, Acrylic on Paper, 22” x 30”
Eastern Field, 2010, Acrylic on Paper, 8” x 7”
Hazy M.R., 2010, Acrylic on Paper, 22” x 30”
Northern Field, 2010, Acrylic on Paper, 11 1/2” x 11 1/2”
November Swatch, 2011, Acrylic and graphite on Paper, 10” x 13”
Arras, 2012, acrylic, graphite and conté on paper, 30” x 22”
Cartesian, 2011, Acrylic, plastic mesh on paper, 11” x 15”
Corn Field I, 2010, Acrylic on Paper, 11” x 15”
December Grass, 2011, Acrylic on Paper, 22” x 30”
Fine Balance, 2011, Acrylic on Paper, 11” x 15”
November Grass, 2011, Acrylic and conté on Paper, 22” x 30”
Patch, 2010, Acrylic and graphite on Paper, 11” x 13”
Snow Field, 2009, Acrylic on Paper, 15” x 18”
Snow Grass, 2011, Acrylic on Paper, 22” x 30”
Sonar, 2011, Acrylic on paper, 11” x 15”
Winds, 2010, Acrylic on Paper, 15” x 22”
Ruptured, 2010, Acrylic on Paper, 11 1/2” x 11 1/2”
Tracks, 2010, Acrylic on Paper, 20” x 15”
Wired, 2009, Acrylic on paper, 22” x 30”
2000 M.F.A. Painting. Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia.
1997 B.F.A. Painting and History of Art. University of the Fine Arts, Cetinje, Montenegro, Yugoslavia (Summa Cum Laude).
2016 Sand and Snow, Anthony Brunelli Fine Arts, Binghamton, NY.
2011 Residual Landscape, Alexander Hall Gallery, Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), GA.
(in conjunction with the 14th annual SECAC Conference).
2003 Space 237, Toledo, OH.
Gallery Haos, Belgrade, Yugoslavia.
2002 Center for Contemporary Art, Podgorica, Montenegro.
Yugoslav Cultural Center, Paris, France.
1998 Art Gallery Sye Ryder in Herceg-Novi, Montenegro, Yugoslavia.
2016 Between Clock and Bed, Yale University Divinity School, New Haven, CT. (forthcoming)
Adaptation: Transforming Representation – Re-Presenting Transformation, Chiasmi: Brown-Harvard Graduate
Student Conference of Italian Studies, Brown University, Providence, RI. (forthcoming)
2015 48th Traditional Herceg Novi Winter Salon, Galerija Josip Bepo Benkovic, Herceg Novi, Montenegro.
4th Annual Armstrong National 2-D Competition Exhibition, Armstrong Atlantic State University, Savannah, GA.
20 Years of Gallery Chaos,
Gallery Chaos, Belgrade, Serbia;
Montenegrin Gallery Miodrag Dado Djuric, Montenegrin National Museum Cetinje, Montenegro.
Imago Mundi, Fondazione Benetton Studi Ricerche, Italy.
2014 Affinities, Dialogues & Divergences: Art Faculty Engage with the Permanent Collection, Binghamton University Art
2012 Open Studio Night, Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA.
2011 Art in Embassies Program, Embassy of the United States, Belgrade, Serbia.
DeFine Art Festival, Juried Exhibition, SCAD, Savannah, GA.
2010 Small Works, Juried Exhibition, Gutstein Gallery, Savannah, GA.
Why Go Anywhere Else,
Center for Contemporary Art, Montenegro;
Moderna Galerija, Budva, Montenegro;
Galerija Josip Bepo Benkovic, Herceg-Novi, Montenegro;
National Gallery, Belgrade, Serbia;
O3ONE Gallery, Belgrade, Serbia;
Museum of Contemporary Art Vojvodina, Novi Sad, Serbia.
Planet Home, Juried Exhibition, Gutstein Gallery, Savannah, GA.
2009 Low Country Babylon, Pei Ling Chan Gallery, Savannah, GA.
2008 Invitational Exhibit Artists to the Homeland, Danilovgrad Art Colony Gallery, Montenegro.
Inaugural, Blank Space, Savannah, GA.
2007 11th Podgorica Fine Arts Salon Invitational, Center for Contemporary Art, Podgorica, Montenegro.
62nd Invitational Exhibit, Association of Fine Artists of Montenegro, Podgorica.
protectingflatsurfacesfrom, Gallery 1600, Atlanta, GA.
2006 61st Invitational Podgorica Fine Arts Salon, Montenegro.
Moderne Kunst Aus Montenegro (Contemporary Montenegrin Art), Invitational Exhibition, Stephansdom,
2005 International Festival of Alternative Cultural Exchange (F.A.C.E.), Belgrade, Novi Sad, Cluj, Bucharest, Plovdiv, Sofia,
Sarajevo, Strasbourg and Eindhoven.
2004 WebArt Project, International Digital Art Festival, Montenegro.
59th Traditional Exhibit, Association of Fine Artists of Montenegro.
Cetinje Fine Arts Salon, Plavi Dvorac castle, Cetinje, Montenegro.
2003 7th Podgorica Fine Arts Salon, Gallery Art, Podgorica, Montenegro.
50th Venice Biennial, Utopia Station, Italy.
CUE Art Foundation, New York, USA.
36th Winter Fine Art Salon Invitational, Herceg-Novi, Montenegro.
2002 6th Podgorica Fine Art Salon, Gallery Art, Podgorica, Montenegro.
2001 Mandell Theater, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA.
Ericson Gallery, Philadelphia, PA.
International Juried Exhibit, Soho20 Gallery, NYC, NY.
Recent Montenegrin Art, Gratz, Austria;
Contemporary Montenegrin Art,
Altes Rathaus Gallery, Linz, Austria;
Cultural Center, Bijelo Polje, Yugoslavia;
Polimlje Museum, Berane, Yugoslavia;
Vitomir Srbljanovic Gallery, Pljevlja, Yugoslavia;
Castle of Nikola I Museum, Niksic, Yugoslavia.
2000 Montenegrin Artists in Austrian Parliament, Vienna, Austria.
International Art Auction, Palette’s Gallery, Chicago, IL.
PAFA Museum of American Art, Philadelphia, PA.
Pogled, Young Montenegrin Artists, Center for Modern Arts, Podgorica, Montenegro.
55th Traditional Exhibit, Association of Fine Artists of Montenegro, Podgorica, Montenegro.
1999 Sold Out: Silent Auction, Freeman Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA.
Self Portraiture through Montenegrin Art History, Museums and Galleries of Podgorica, Montenegro, Yugoslavia.
Voices of the New Century, Art Gallery Haos in Belgrade, Yugoslavia.
54th Traditional Exhibit, Association of Fine Artists of Montenegro, Podgorica, Montenegro, Yugoslavia.
1998 Traveling Exhibition 2 Triennial of Young Montenegrin Artists, Yugoslavia.
53rd Traditional Exhibition at Gallery of the Association of Fine Artists of Montenegro, Podgorica, Montenegro,
RESIDENCIES AND STUDY TRAVELS
2008 Postmodernism or What Modernism Has Become—Symposium, Jepson Center for the Arts, Savannah, GA;
2003 Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, France.
2002 Paris, France.
1997 Venice, Italy.
AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS
2015 Award of the 48th Traditional Herceg Novi Winter Salon, Galerija Josip Bepo Benkovic, Herceg Novi, Montenegro.
2012 Faculty Excellence Award, Savannah College of Art and Design.
2010 Included in the U.S. State Department’s Art in Embassies Program.
2009 Faculty Excellence Award, Savannah College of Art and Design.
2007 Included in the 11th edition of Who’s Who Among American Educators.
2003 Travel grant from Government of Montenegro.
Exhibition grant from city of Belgrade, Serbia.
2002 Grant from ZAMTES, Montenegro.
2001 Represented in the New American Paintings, Open Studios Press (Mid-Atlantic Region).
2000 Recipient of the MFA Grant from the Joan Mitchell Foundation.
1999 Scholarship from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.
1998 Annual Grant from the President of Montenegro Mr. Milo Djukanovic.
Annual Scholarship from the Ministry of Education of Montenegro.
Radio and TV of Montenegro, Interviews with the Artist.
1997 First Award for the Best Young Talent, given by the Center for Modern Art, Podgorica, Montenegro, Yugoslavia.
First Award as the Best Graduating Student of the University of Montenegro.
1996 First Award as the Best Student of the University of Montenegro.
Member of the College Art Association.
Member of the National Council of Arts Administrators
Member of Association of Fine Artists of Montenegro.
Member of the International Federation of Journalists.
Member of St. John of Damascus organization for preserving Orthodox Christian heritage and tradition, sacral art
and music, under the patronage of Patriarchate of Serbian Orthodox Church.
Independence Blue Cross, Philadelphia, PA.
City Museum of Bar, Montenegro.
Montenegro Bank, Podgorica, Montenegro.
Port of Bar, Montenegro.
Numerous private collections and galleries.
Artwork reproduced, and interviews published in various magazines and newspapers in Yugoslavia, Austria, France
and USA such are:
Art Crowd, Artension, Dan, Der Standard, Glas Crnogoraca, House Style, Likovni Zivot, Monitor, Most, Nasa
Borba, New American Paintings, Novosti, Philadelphia Weekly, Pobjeda, Politika, Publika, Vijesti ... TV
RTCG1, TV RTCG3, TV Elmag, TV IN, RTS, Art Kanal, Studio B, YU Info, Treci Kanal, Studio B92…