Natasa Kokic’s recent works are inspired by nature and its symbolism in contemporary culture. Her drawings show fictional landscapes, devoid of any visible impact left by people, with indeterminate seasons or times of day. She focuses on the notion of inner landscape, the place we all carry inside of us. It is a place where everything starts and ends and its shape depends on our social circumstances, the places where we grew up and people around us. Her latest series of charcoal drawings use images from the history and science. Here Kokic is trying to tell a slightly different story where man-made landscapes, asteroids and computers have their own separate lives and meanings, but connect with one another through the same background, coming from the same place.
Natasa Kokic (born 1979, Belgrade, Serbia) is currently completing her PhD studies in Belgrade. Recent shows include 47th October salon: Life, art and confusion, Belgrade; Ny Serbisk Kunst, Copenhagen, Denmark; Restoration, Cultural Center of Belgrade; Strength in us, European Centre for Culture and Debate GRAD, Belgrade; Supermarket, Stockholm Art Fair, Kulturhuset, Stokholm, Sweden; NordArt 2012, Kunstwerk Carlshutte, Germany; Nothing comes from isolation, Tegnerforbundet Oslo, Norway; Edge of the Map, Cultural Centre of Belgrade and I’m so full of rocks, I can hardly move, Remont Gallery, Belgrade.
Events & Exhibitions
Residents from Serbia
“Copygraphs” is the name Andrea Esswein calls the works of art she has been producing with the help of photocopiers since 1998. With the photocopier serving to capture the images she first copies each item with her subjects ranging from objects to animals. Esswein then creates a new work by making a large collage out of the separately photocopied pieces along a rectangular line. The interfaces and overlaps between the individual pieces remain visible after the ensuing process. Esswien is interested in the construction of a new reality far from people’s usual viewing habits. The stark contrasts produced by the copying process and the following manufacturing techniques cause Esswein’s objects to emerge from beneath a layer of gloss paint and synthetic resin. They appear three-dimensional darkness and hold a kind of sanctity.
Andrea Esswein (born 1969 in southern Germany) graduated from the Institute of Arts and Science of Art, University Landau, Germany and studied at the University of Applied Arts Vienna, Austria. Shows include Reflexion – Ästhetische Referenzen, Darmstädter Tage der Fotografie, Germany; Nassauischer Kunstverein, Wiesbaden; Museum Pfalzgalerie Kaiserslautern; Wilhelm Hack Museum, Ludwigshafen; Angehaltene Zeit. Bilder vom Tanz, touring exhibition of Goethe-Institut; C/O Galerie Berlin; Deutsches Tanzmuseum Cologne; Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Chile. Her work is represented in numerous public collections including Staatsgalerie Stuttgart and SK Stiftung Cologne. In 2006 she was artist in residence at Performing Arts Forum (PAF), France.
Residents from Germany
Elad Larom’s work consists of painting, video, computer animation and photography. Through his interdisciplinary approach, Larom strives to implement the power of disclosing a world of exclusive characters, scenes and places of low culture, folklore and everyday life. He attempts to dramatize this by emphasizing moments and sights that belong to magical and sometimes even spiritual situations. Larom’s paintings recall cinema, in a similar way to his video works which are seen as a sequence of images as if coming out of a painting. These works seek to rediscover the possibility of painting loaded with the power and themes of another, metaphysical world.
Elad Larom graduated from the Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam and in 2010 he received his MFA from Bezalel Academy of Art and Design. Larom has presented his work in various exhibitions in Europe and North America, which include Tento#2, W139, Amsterdam; Bezalel on Tour, Corcoran Gallery and Maltz Museum; Kunstlerhaus FRISE, Hamburg, and many more. His recent solo exhibitions include: I, Walid Lacham, New and Bad Gallery, Haifa, 2013, as well as a painting installation which was presented at the Fresh Paint Art & Design Fair, Tel Aviv, 2012. Larom has received a number of grants, including a special award from the Bezalel Academy in Jerusalem and another from the Nederlands Fonds for his artistic work on films.