Drawing Art Gallery CHAOS

I am not quite sure whether the exhibition Progressive Hopes (since 2006) has been moving towards continuity or kept on being organized thanks to all those artists whose works have became motif and reason for its repeated happening. Maybe its provocative motto is the reason for annual focusing of the public attention to quality and engaged production of students and young artists, and even further – on their unstable professional position and what will wait for them tomorrow, when the works would be taken down and the door closed!

Every year I get surprised when chaos of intensive preparations for the annual exhibition produces magnificent works, interventions, performances, projections, happenings… the whole turbulent life of presentness and hope, determination that this is exactly what they were aiming to, what they achieved and presented, not only on their own surprise, but also surprisingly for their professors and especially the audience.  

What is really surprising, is their perceptive purposefulness and skilfulness in performing within the limits of educational standards in our art schools, but there is another one, more important, invisible level of this practise, psychological, sociological, economical and cultural, given in every individual’s profile and working motif. It includes all those ‘personal’ and ‘public’ motivations, reactions and their views to the world.

My attention was attracted by one group of artists and their production of trivial materials and construction, which managed, with a lot of attitude, humour and easiness, to rise the meaning of their works to a level of metaphorical emergency: sinking ship, falling airplane, exploding wall, roar of hum and echoing, eclipse, bareness of organs, the lost of tactility. Everything is done simply and easily, of paper, with paper, on paper, spendable, precise, sensitive, intimate, personal, critical…

Shortly said, students and young artists translate and transform everyday life into the language of visual practise. Their role is to, individually and collectively, with self-awareness and criticism, rise questions of ability and disability of entering the context of social influence and solution of professional status, existence and social rights within the limits of present reality…

Such a direct attitude with fascinating realisation of works is present in the comment by Smilja Ignjatović and Bojan Jovanović: Strong urge to emphasize wrong course of reality (for which we believe is wrong). These are paradox and distorted relations.             

Catastrophic observation of reality as ‘crash’ and ‘junk’ with pile of newspapers which are already symbol of spendable one-day news. The attitude is non-militant, the absurdity is emphasized… it is up to us to understand the message...!

BILJANA TOMIĆ

Smilja Ignjatović
Education:
2005/2010. Faculty of Fine Arts, Department for Sculpture (MA), class of professor Mrđan Bajić.
2002/2005. Vocational School of Fine and Applied Arts in Belgrade.
Participation in numerous workshops and collective exhibitions.
Working experience: Costume designer’s assistant for the play ‘Alternative Guide through Belgrade’, DAH Theatre, 2006.
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Bojan Jovanović
Education:
2005/2010. Faculty of Fine Arts, Department for Sculpture (MA).
2002/2005. Vocational School of Fine and Applied Arts in Belgrade.
Participation in numerous workshops and collective exhibitions.
Working experience: Set designer at the Metropils Television, set designer’s assistant at the Radio Television of Serbia, teaching assistant on the graphics course at the Vocational School of Fine and Applied Arts.
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Ana Marđetko, born in 1985. in Belgrade.
Education:
2005. Graduated from the ‘Tehnoart‘ High School in Belgrade, Department for fine arts jewellery.
2009. Graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts in Belgrade, Department for Sculpture (BA).
Student of the first year of MA studies at the Faculty of Fine Arts, Department for Sculpture, class of professor Mrđan Bajić.
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Bojana Atlija, born in 1983. in Belgrade.
Graduated in 2009 from the Faculty of Fine Arts in Belgrade, Department for Sculpture (BA).
Student of the first year of MA studies at the Faculty of Fine Arts, Department for Sculpture, class of professor Mrđan Bajić.
Since 2007. participated numerous art workshops, colonies and collective exhibitions.
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Smilja Ivetić, born in 1983. in Belgrade.
Graduated in 2008 from the Faculty of Fine Arts in Belgrade, class of professor Slobodan Roksandić. Independent artist and member of the Association of Fine Artists of Serbia since 2009.
Student of DA studies at the Faculty of Fine Arts, Department for Painting.
Award from the fund ‘MA Miodrag Janjušević, Academic Artist’ of the Faculty of Fine Arts in Belgrade in 2008.
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