Jugoslav Mitevski’s process undergoes constant modification. His colors, lines and shapes partially comply with mathematical methods, which seem to refer to impartial systems, but intuitive decisions serve an equally important role. He does not establish rules he obeys dogmatically, rather Mitevski formulates tendencies. For Mitevski, the actual painting takes place beside the studio in everyday life, out of experience and observation, the theory, the imbalance of one’s own mentality and the external context: painting as document rather than image.
Jugoslav Mitevski (born 1978) received his BFA from Braunschweig University of Art in 2008. His selected exhibitions include High Wire, Petra Rinck Gallery, Dusseldorf, 2014; Editions, Bonner Kunstverein, 2013; 15:21, Polistar, Istanbul, 2012; Retrograd, Zero Fold, Cologne, 2012; and Editions, Koelnischer Kunstverein, 2012. Mitevski has received awards including the Kunstfonds Scholarship, 2013; Public Art Award, Siegburg, 2012; and the Raimund Lehmkul Award, 2010.
Residents from Germany
Viktor Kopp’s work is both dry and whimsical, playing on notions of illusion in painting with a deep focus on the formal logic of perspective and geometric abstraction. His work begs the question of what lies behind the illusionistic space of the painting, pointing to the inherent flatness of the work and the contrivance of depicting space within. In these paintings, Kopp breaks with both flatness and representation in a space of three-dimensional illusion, one without gravity, shadow or dimension. A flat tablet of grey abstraction turns and floats within a dense white blankness of a monochromatic yet intricately painted void. His work shows abstraction as his motif and subject, peeling away to reveal only more abstraction.
Viktor Kopp (b. 1971, Stockholm) completed studies in fine art in Malmö, Gothenberg and Helsinki. His selected solo exhibitions include Bureau New York, Ribordy Contemporary, Geneva; Galleri Magnus Åklundh, Malmö and Konsthallen Passagen, Linköping. His group exhibitions include: Moderna Exhibition, Moderna Museet, Stockholm; Edstranska, Malmö Art Academy, Malmö; The Art of Cooking, Royal/T, Culver City; Underemployed, Salon Zurcher, New York; Abstract and Traces, Ribordy Contemporary, Geneva and Solid-State, Bureau, New York. Kopp teaches painting at the Malmö Art Academy and lives and works in Stockholm.