“MOVED SPACES”, the first solo exhibition of Vanja Vulin Ivošević, Gallery of the Municipality of Vracar, April 2019.
A solo exhibition of paintings by Vanja Ivosevic Vulin was inaugurated in the gallery of the Vracar municipality by Biljana Jotic, an art historian, who is also the author of the text in the catalog. It is the first solo solo exhibition by an artist who, according to her original vocation, is an architect. This exhibition confirms the entry into the world of painting.
Biljana Jotic, author’s catalog text:
… For us, experience is undoubtedly the most important thing, as well as what we as individuals learn from it… One day you will free yourself from your limitations and you will know where you have to go. We will face surprises, some will decide to start from the beginning … (Walter Gropius, excerpts from addressing students).
Experience is something that bears witness to the moments experienced, the concentrated memory of the senses, which triggers memories, thoughts, feelings and leads to the need for new spaces. In the process, time is flowing and the space is open and it is only upon our presence that it will be time to stop and testify to it. It is at this point that I would look for the background of Vanja’s need to embark on a new field of artistic expression, the artistic design of the interior of being on paper. For the first time, the Launched Spaces exhibition opens a field for wider communication with the viewer. How and why do spaces move, what are the spaces and where do they lead?
There is always something that drives it. The conceptual or theoretical definition of a work of art is directly related to the artistic process and only in direct interaction with it does it make sense. As Vanja herself says, she draws her inspiration on the words “In space, outside space. I embrace everything and I am a part of everything ”(Rumi). I was triggered by the coincidence of the encounter, the moment of recognizing the sensibilities when the idea of realizing the first solo exhibition came up. In this introduction to her work, in addition to precise technical visual components, I recognized the delicacy of depth of thought, the concentrated sublimation of multiple forms of art, the architecture of consciousness, the musical sensibility of experience and the precisely organized whole of artistic breadth.
It is a long way from start to finish, from idea to realization. Painting is the process of crossing that path and it is up to the individual to determine how to shape it. When thoughts and emotions are triggered, it is difficult to know and say where they are going, and simplicity is complete. Visible reduction of spatial determination and form, invisible width of strokes of combination of shower and acrylic, directness of encounter with paper, light effects of color before some color application, reduced relationships within geometrically divided newly created paintings draw into the world behind, a conceptual background of artistic sensibility of the process of creation.
The spaces that Vanja has occupied in this whole are not only hers. While these are the inner and personal spaces of raw emotion that she has shaped on the whiteness of the paper and enclosed within the frames, they are not just hers. These are spaces of artistic infinity (inspired by the famous Miller: “Art is infinite”). With this exhibition, the paintings of ENTRANCE, I DARED, A YEAR IN THE LIFE, VISION, CHELLENGE, PRESENCE, PURE… she opened them, shared them with the observer, left the field of interaction and invited them to initiate new thoughts, and where that path would take depends on experiences …