Monday 17 June 2024

Exhibition - Global and Dynamic World of Today

 


International Art Studio Radovan Trnavac Mića is pleased to invite you to the opening of

Global and Dynamic World of Today


Recent prints by Damon Kowarsky and Hyunju Kim

"The global and dynamic world of today, facilitated and emphasized by communicative ease, has changed the way of life for many artists who have replaced the former customary static existence with pronounced mobility. Acquiring new knowledge, establishing contacts, exchanging ideas and experiences with colleagues and audiences from various environments are valuable and fruitful aspects of the artist’s relocation and active “travel”.

The artistic duo Damon Kowarsky and Hyunju Kim belong to the group of authors who have gladly embraced the challenges of mobility. While domiciled in Australia, their professional creative and exhibition activities have been conducted worldwide: from the United Kingdom, Greece, the USA, New Zealand, India, Hong Kong, Oman, Egypt, China, to Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, France, and the Balkans, namely Montenegro and Serbia (Studenica, Sićevo, Niš). From the perspective of their creativity, this flexible existential concept is highly inspirational and positively effective."

Milica Todorović, Art Historian

Exhibition opening Thursday 4 July from 7 pm

Gallery hours 11 am to 7 pm Tuesday to Sunday
Suvoborska 48/1, 14000 Valjevo, Serbia

Sunday 16 June 2024

Catalogue Essay by Milica Todorović

 GLOBAL AND DYNAMIC WORLD OF TODAY

The global and dynamic world of today, facilitated and emphasized by communicative ease, has changed the way of life for many artists who have replaced the former customary static existence with pronounced mobility. Acquiring new knowledge, establishing contacts, exchanging ideas and experiences with colleagues and audiences from various environments are valuable and fruitful aspects of the artist’s relocation and active “travel.”

The artistic duo Damon Kowarsky and Hyunju Kim belong to the group of authors who have gladly embraced the challenges of mobility. While domiciled in Australia, their professional creative and exhibition activities have been conducted worldwide: from the United Kingdom, Greece, the USA, New Zealand, India, Hong Kong, Oman, Egypt, China, to Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, France, and the Balkans, namely Montenegro and Serbia (Studenica, Sićevo, Niš). From the perspective of their creativity, this flexible existential concept is highly inspirational and positively effective.

At the core of Damon Kowarsky’s opus is the visualization of personal impressions of a physically defined living environment, which for him is a transient place of temporary residence and acquaintance. Through the specificity of his practice and poetics, he creates a visual diary, a unique personal image of the world in which geographical landscapes and cities he has visited and with which he has established an empathetic or intuitive connection are accentuated. The artist’s focus is directed towards urban architecture, both extraordinary and mundane buildings in a natural environment, or towards the immediate landscape. Kowarsky changes vistas, finds specific viewpoints, carefully “captures” the scene, but in his artistic interpretation, he concentrates on an intimate experience that is contemplative, with a sense of harmony and balance. Kowarsky’s artistic elaboration fundamentally rests on meticulous and precise drawing, precise treatment of form whether it is of natural or architectural origin, skillful framing, clearly defined perspective, and fine, almost pastel soft gradation of tones, mainly of two colors, green and gray. With these means and thanks to his great personal artistic skill, Kowarsky transforms the real environment into a quiet, mysterious, lyrically intoned artistic scene that serves as a sanctuary from the noisy and chaotic world of today.

Hyunju Kim, originally from South Korea where she was also educated, bases her creativity on the codes of the so-called collective cultural memory. The artist re-contextualizes historical facts of different origins that are sourced in the mythological, spiritual, or folkloric backgrounds and creates new shelves to display them on. An important part of her opus includes animalistic motifs and ornaments of a geometric or floral type. By combining these elements, the artist creates situations of projected and imagined reality so that her works assume magical or surreal characterization. Hyunju Kim uses the potential of the artistic heritage of the Asian region as a reference field for her own work, primarily in a formal stylistic sense. Meticulously precise drawing, neutral background, absence of spatial depth, i.e. emphasized two-dimensionality, ornamentation of surfaces, and the application of various colors are important components of her artistic expression by which she creates imaginary scenes with enigmatic messages.

Damon Kowarsky and Hyunju Kim are artists whose life paths are intertwined but who, according to their own sensibilities, nurture individual artistic poetics and different artistic expressions. What they have in common is cultivated artistry, exceptional dedication to the creative act, and impeccable mastery of the demanding graphic technique of etching-aquatint in which all the works represented at the exhibition in Valjevo were created.

Milica Todorović, Art Historian

Complete Catalogue

Friday 31 May 2024

Exhibition - Art + Travel

 

Solander Gallery New Zealand is pleased to present

Art + Travel
- New and recent works by Damon Kowarsky

For more than twenty years Melbourne based Damon Kowarsky has travelled the world, making etchings and drawings inspired by the architecture and landscape of the places he has visited.

Art + Travel contains images of Serbia, Montenegro, Istanbul, Yemen, France, and Saudi Arabia, all made with his characteristic attention to detail and precise, analytical eye.

Exhibition continues June 14 to July 27.

Gallery hours Friday and Saturday 11 am to 3 pm and by appointment.

Solander Gallery

218 Willis St, Wellington, New Zealand

Thursday 2 May 2024

Omnia Art Prize

 

Delighted that three works made at Guanlan Original Printmaking Base and YAC Tianjin have been selected as finalists in this year's Omnia Art Prize.

The 2024 Omnia Art Prize winner will be announced on 24 May, and the exhibition continues until 26 May.

Opening Gala Friday 24 May from 7 to 10 pm
Saturday and Sunday 10 am to 4 pm

KC Smith Hall
St Kevin’s College
31 Moonga Rd
Toorak VIC 3142

Tuesday 2 April 2024

Vision of Interaction in Anhui

 

Vision of Interaction - International Contemporary Printmaking Ecosystem opens in Anhui on 3 April 2024.

Anhui Provincial Art Museum
P85G+6F8, Baohe District, Hefei, Anhui, China, 230092

25X25X25 at Portland Bay Press

 

25X25X25 opens this week at Portland Bay Press and continues throughout April.

Gallery hours Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm
Saturday 10am to 1pm

Portland Bay Press / Julia Street Creative Space
19 Julia Street
Portland VIC 3305 Australia

Taiwan International Print Biennial

 

Delighted to learn ‘The Hills at Studenica’ has been selected as a finalist in this year’s Taiwan International Print Biennial.

A total of 173 prints were chosen from more than 1200 prints by artists from 82 countries. It’s a huge honour to have work in the show.

Finalists include Abhishek Narayan Verma, Abraham Esparza, Akemi Saiki, Aleksandra Prusinowska, Andrea Rodriguez Torres, Andrea Serafini, Andrew Gunnell, Anisuzzaman Anis, Antía Iglesias, Anuchai Secharunputong, Apirat Rerkdee, Barbara Leszczynska, Carlos Damacio Gomez, Chanikran Kaewlai, Cheen Fuen Seow, Cheryl Hochberg, Christiaan Diedericks, Claudia Rofman, Clémence Fernando, Curtis Bartone, Damon Kowarsky , Daniel Alan Altamirano, Darya Hancharova, Dawinder Kaur Dhillon, Deborah Chapman, Diana Morales Galicia, Dimitrije Pecić, Dimo Kolibarov, Edward Bernstein, Ewa Kozlowska, Fernando Carballa Villanueva, Francisco Velasco Fernandez, Frederic Chaume, Gea Karhof, Graham Hall, Helmi Azam Tajul Aris, Herman Noordermeer, Hernandez Castillo Víctor Manuel, Ioannis Anastasiou, Irena Lawruszko, Isabel Cauas, Jaco Putker, Jagoda Jaworska, Jakkapun Labsaeng, Jaroslaw Gewinner, Jayne Jackson, Jean Paul Ruiz, Jirakit Thungsuk, Jiří Samek, Jolanta Rudzka Habisiak, Joon Young Choi, Juan Correa, Judith Marlane Woodborne, Kamruzzaman Kamruzzaman, Karen Fernanda Chavez Torres, Kittikawin Prasong, Kristin Meller, Kritsanarach Nanthakham, Krzysztof Tomalski, Kunjana Dumsopee, Lenka Falusiova, Magdalena Hanysz-Stefanska, Marcin Bialas, Maria Luisa Estrada Sanchez, Mariela Lopez, Mariia Gurikhina, Mark Bovey, Marta Lech, Maryia Kosheleva-Likhota, Mateusz Rafalski, Mdkhalequz Zaman, Mehdi Darvishi, Milan Hnat, Milena Petrovic, Nalinakshya Talukdar, Napaporn Mobkuntod, Nathan Meltz, Natninara Wangsilabat, Nilgün Koseoglu, Nuttakarn Vajasut, Nuttapong Boonmeelarp, Olesya Dzhurayeva, Olga Sankey, Orietta María Aguilar Santo, Orlando Martinez Vesga, Parichat Meethavorn, Patipon Supanpong, Patricia Concina, Paulina Helena Bobak, Payal Rokade, Pochtakorn Kongpool, Prakarn Jantaravichit, Rafiqul Islam, Razvan Dragos, Rew Hanks, Robert Jančovič, Sebastian Smit, Semih Çinar, Serena Pagnini, Seth Roby, Shabnam Karpasand, Shahnaz Aghayeva, Sorrathun Ouikhum, Sudeep Bashyal, Surasak Sornsena, Susanne Pohl, Sutthiwat Yimchang, Tarun Sharma, Theerawat Mikhawan, Tiana Honda, Tina Wohlfarth, Tinnakorn Kasornsuwan, Tippanet Yaemmaneechai, Tomas Pariente Dutor, Tomasz M. Kukawski, Tomasz Winiarski, Tuukka Peltonen, Ulrich J. Wolff, Vimonmarn Khanthachavana, Wieslaw Haladaj, Wojciech Tylbor-Kubrakiewicz, Ximena Medina Sancho, Yadav Sanjay Kumar, Yael Brotman, Yuji Hirasuka, Yutt Puektasajatam, Zenon Burdy, Виолета Апостолова, 倉地比沙支 Hisashi Kurachi, 土屋敦資 Atsushi Tsuchiya, 奥野正人 Masato Okuno, 安河内裕也 Hiroya Yasukochi, 张心怡 Xinyi Zhang, 張鈴木   Lin-Mu Chang, 彦坂陞   Noboru Hikosaka, 斎藤香織   Kaori Saito, 朴爱里 Aeri Park, 李文杰   Wen-Jye Lee, 李淑娟 Shu-Chuan Lee, 李芷筠 Jryun Lee, 杨天峰, 林姿吟 Tzu-Yin Lin, 林敬庭 King Ting Lam, 林淑芬 Shu-Fen Lin, 梁逸卿, 椿一朗  Ichirow Tsubaki, 武藤正悟   Shogo Muto, 洪齊 Chi Hung, 潘奕愷 Yi-Kai Pan, 潘孟堯 Meng Yao Pan, 濱田富貴 Fuki Hamada, 爲金義勝   Yoshikatsu Tamekane, 玉分昭光 Akimitsu Tamawake, 王敬升 Jing-Sheng Wang, 田島直樹   Naoki Tajima, 田文筆 Wen Pi Tien, 范揚宗 Yang Tsung Fan, 董純妤 Chun Yu Huang, 蕭輔一 Fu-I Xiao, 許以璇 Yi Hsuan Hsu, 詹濰棻 Wei-Feng Chan, 謝泊諺 Bo-Yan Xie, 赤羽智子 Tomoko Akahane, 遠藤竜太 Ryuta Endo, 金炫辰   Hyun-Jin Kim, 鐘翊綺 Yichi Chung, 陳憶誠 Yi Cheng Chen, 陳海仁 Haein Jin, 陳雅芳 Ya-Fang Chen, 颯志朝井 Soshi Asai, 髙橋文子 Fumiko Takahashi, 黃郁雯 Yu-Wen Huang, and 龙凯.

The exhibition runs from July to October, with awards announced in June. ‘The Hills at Studenica’ was made last year during a three month residency at Guanlan Original Printmaking Base.