Vesna Jovanovic

2015-Lucy-V 2015_Harold-G 2014_Frank-Z 2014_A-Boy 2014_Sadi_Carnot

Work1 Title: Lucy V. Year: 2015 Materials: Ink and Colored Pencil on Paper Dimensions: H 16 W 12 D  Work2 Title: Harold G. Year: 2015 Materials: Ink, Colored Pencil, and Gouache on Paper Dimensions: H 16 W 12 D  Work3 Title: Frank Z. Year: 2014 Materials: Ink and Colored Pencil on Paper Dimensions: H 16 W 12 D  Work4 Title: A Boy Year: 2014 Materials: Ink and Colored Pencil on Paper Dimensions: H 16 W 12 D  Work5 Title: Sadi Carnot Year: 2014 Materials: Ink, Watercolor, Gouache, and Colored Pencil on Paper Dimensions: H 24 W 18 D

Statement:

My process developed out of a desire to relinquish control and leave some things to chance. And so I began to spill ink on paper before proceeding to draw. Much as one would with a Rorschach test, I recognized images in the spilled ink; initially, these were clusters of interweaving laboratory glassware. Yet with each drawing, the glassware progressively morphed into blood vessels, intestines, and neurons.

Given that my drawings increasingly resembled medical illustration – a visual language that effectively reduces the human body to a diagram – I felt the need to create an alternative visual representation to the scientifically objectified body. As my work developed, my focus on human anatomy expanded to include various contexts, such as architectural, environmental, and interspecific (between species). My practice led to a study of how it feels and what it means to have a body, as well as how the body is culturally perceived. I became interested in embodiment, biopolitics, phenomenology, and various other ideas and theories of the body.

Instead of regarding the human body as a machine-like component of the human entity, I think of it as a lived, subjective experience. I use drawing as a bodily act, and medical illustration as a visual trope. By integrating unpredictability, intimacy, and intuition into otherwise carefully rendered medical drawings, I address the perception and value of the human body in an increasingly technologically mediated world.

Resume:

EDUCATION
2005 MFA, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
2003 BFA, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
2000 BS and BA, Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, IL

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS
2016
Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Wilmington, DE (solo)
International Museum of Surgical Science, Chicago, IL (solo)
Ohio University Art Gallery, Athens, OH (invitational) (catalog)
Reno City Hall, Reno, NV (solo)
2015
Post Contemporary, Troy, NY (invitational)
Packer Schopf Gallery, Chicago, IL (solo)
2014
Haggerty Art Gallery, University of Dallas, Irving, TX (two-person)
2013
BMoCA, Boulder, CO (invitational)
Packer Schopf Gallery, Chicago, IL (solo)
Chashama Gallery, New York, NY
2012
OSU Urban Arts Space, Columbus, OH
2010
Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL (invitational)
The Drawing Room HU at Ráday Képesház Galeria, Budapest, Hungary
2009
International Museum of Surgical Science, Chicago, IL (solo)
Gordon Center for Integrative Science, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL (solo)
2007
Sue Ryder Gallery, Herceg-Novi, Montenegro
2006
Primo Piano Living Gallery, Lecce, Italy (invitational) (catalog)

SELECTED PRESS
2015
Maria Girgenti. “Portrait of the Artist.” Newcity. Print.
B. David Zarley. “Insert Here.” New American Paintings. Web.
2014
Sid Perkins. “Surgery Museum Holds Wonders for the Brave.” Science News. Print.
2009
Dehlia Hannah. “Hybrids.” Art:21 Blog. Web.
Phil Plait. “Pareidolia Inside of Us.” Discover Magazine Blogs. Web.
“Critics’ Picks.” Time Out Chicago. Print.
Amy B. Puma. “Art in Science.” University of Chicago Magazine. Print.

RESIDENCIES
2013-2016 International Museum of Surgical Science, Chicago, IL
2014 Ucross Foundation, Clearmont, WY
2012 ChaNorth, managed by Chashama, Pine Plains, NY
2011, 2013 Santa Fe Art Institute, Santa Fe, NM

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH
International Museum of Surgical Science, Chicago, IL
Koehnline Museum of Art, Des Plaines, IL

Place: Chicago, IL

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