Drawing on Likeness
Saturday, January 18 - Sunday, March 15, 2020
Guest Curator: Saul Ostrow
Though Drawing on Likeness artists Ivelisse Jimenez, Gustavo Prado and Lidija Slavkovic work with different materials, imagery, structures, processes and forms, their approach to making has more in common than one might at first imagine. In a sense they share a likeness – a family resemblance. They hold in common certain conceptual as well as material characteristics, which they have morphed by their cross-breeding and inbreeding. Consequently, each work partakes of a general economy consisting of the political, cultural and historical appropriation, as well as issues of perception and cognition. By bringing this sampling of their works together, my objective is to generate an environment in which the correspondences and differences between their works unfold to reveal, wherein resides the effort of the artist, the work art does and the role of the viewer.
About Gustavo Prado
Gustavo Prado was born in São Paulo, Brazil in 1981. He studied Philosophy and Industrial Design and received his artistic training at the Escola de Artes Visuais do Parque Lage in Rio de Janeiro. His works have recently been featured in group shows such as the BRIC Biennial, the Bronx Museum Biennial, and Spring Break Art Show, all in New York; and the Museu de Arte Moderna, in Rio de Janeiro and Itaú Cultural in São Paulo. He has received solo shows at Lurixs Gallery in Rio, Nara Roesler Gallery in São Paulo, and Galerie Richard in New York. Prado has works in the collection of the Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro (MAM-Rio), has presented a large installation at the Coachella (2017) Music Festival in California, and created a permanent public-art installation for Casa Firjan Institue in Rio. He received a Public Art Grant from Art Prize 10 and is a recipient of Projéteis Prize for Contemporary Art from the Brazilian National Foundation for the Arts (Funarte). Prado has participated in numerous public panels such as “An Attempt to Become Modern” at the Americas Society, published critical essays in Brazilian art publications such as Instituto Moreira Salles, and is an editor and co-founder of Jacaranda Magazine. He lives and works in Brooklyn.
About Ivelisse Jimenez
Through paintings, installations and assemblages, Ivelisse Jimenez studies abstract considerations in dialogue with the space that her work inhabits. Over the past 20 years she has been part of more than 30 exhibitions at museums, galleries, biennials, art fairs and institutions in the U.S., Puerto Rico, and Europe, receiving numerous awards. Jimenez was born in 1966 in Ciales, Puerto Rico and completed a BA in Humanities from the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus. She moved to New York City and received her MFA in Studio Arts from New York University.
About Lidija Slavkovic
Born in Belgrade, Serbia, Lidija Slavkovic earned her BFA in painting from the Academy of Fine Arts in Belgrade in 1999 and was granted a membership in the Association des Arts Plastiques de Serbie. Since 2011, she has been conducting research about the relationship between visual and spoken language, part of which was included in a book published by Paris College (2013) as part of Tate London research. In 2012, she began work on “An Ambition,” a group of collaborative projects involving an artist and critic that focused on the question of “what images signify.” Their dialogues resulted in a series of published and unpublished texts as well as in two curated exhibitions, “Drawing on Habit: An Ambition” (Miami Art Basel off-site project) and “Drawing on différance: An Ambition” (Gallery Vendome, NYC). Since 2016, she has collaborated with a mathematician on various projects revolving around the question of how qualities get to be quantified.
In 2000, after receiving the Dean’s Grant from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Slavkovic left Belgrade to study painting and drawing in the United States. She completed her MFA at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale in 2004. In 2013, Slavkovic co-founded Fall Semester, an organization that initiates public discussion about contemporary society and culture based in Miami. She has participated in numerous juried and invitational exhibitions and residencies, both national and international. She lives and works in Miami and her native Belgrade, Serbia.
Drawing on Likeness is funded in part by a grant from Funding Arts Broward.