Drawing on Likeness
Saturday, January 18 - Sunday, March 15, 2020
Guest Curator: Saul Ostrow
Today, our accepted process of differentiation seems increasingly out of step with how “web searches” are organized — everywhere and everything has been turned into assemblages of diverse characteristics and qualities rather than discreet entities. New York critic and independent curator Saul Ostrow has organized the exhibition “Drawing on Likeness,” which includes work by Ivelisse Jiménez (Puerto Rico/USA), Gustavo Prado (Brazil/USA) and Lidija Slavkovic (Serbia/USA). The exhibition consists of work that has been previously fabricated as well as site-specific pieces. The artists will arrive prior to the opening of Drawing on Likeness to use the exhibition space as a site of production. A publication of the exhibition will be available online.
These artists work in diverse media and genres; Jiménez makes painterly installations of transparent materials, Prado creates multi-media works including photographs, videos and sculptural objects constructed with surveillance mirrors, and Slavkovic makes “cut-drawing” as well as imagistic works, which explore the space between perception and cognition. Seemingly, this would appear as a random mash-up since these artists do not share any singular concept or theme as subject. Yet amidst all their differences the exhibition highlights their affinities, shared structures, conceptual characteristics, and aesthetics amongst their work, which they have morphed.
About Saul Ostrow
Saul Ostrow is an independent critic and curator based in New York. He has been the Editor of the book series Critical Voices in Art, Theory and Culture published by Routledge, London and Co-Editor of Lusitania Press (1996-2004). Since 1987 he has been the Art Editor for Bomb Magazine. He has curated over 80 exhibitions in the US and abroad. His own writing has appeared in numerous art magazines, journals, catalogues and books in the USA and Europe.
About Gustavo Prado
Gustavo Prado was born in São Paulo, Brazil. 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 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 had solo shows at Lurixs Gallery in Rio; Nara Roesler Gallery in São Paulo; and Galerie Richard in New York. Prado has participated in numerous public panels and published critical essays in Brazilian art publications, and is an editor and co-founder of Jacaranda Magazine. He lives and works in Brooklyn.
About Ivelisse Jiménez
Ivelisse Jiménez has been included in more than 30 exhibitions at major institutions in the US and abroad. Most recently, her work has been shown at Universidad del Sagrado Corazón, San Juan, Puerto Rico (solo), Lehman College Gallery, NY (group), Museo Josefina Camacho de la Nuez UAGM Caguas, Puerto Rico (group) and El Museo del Barrio, NY (group). She has received several awards including: the Joan Mitchell Award for Painters and Sculptors, First Prize in Painting 7th Arte Leguna, and a recent grant from The Gottlieb Foundation. She was an artist in residence at Oxbow and MassMOCA in 2018. Born in 1966, Ciales, Puerto Rico, Jiménez completed a BA in Humanities from the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus and a MFA in Studio Arts from New York University. She lives and works in Puerto Rico.
About Lidija Slavkovic
Lidija Slavkovic was born in Belgrade, Serbia and earned a BFA in painting from the Academy of Fine Arts in Belgrade and completed her MFA at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. She has a membership with the Association des Arts Plastiques de Serbie. In 2012, she worked on “An Ambition,” a project focusing on the question of “what images signify.” Slavkovic’s research into the relationship between visual and spoken language was published by Parsons College Paris (2013) and Tate Research. In 2013 she was a co-founder of the Fall Semester, an organization based in Miami that initiated public discussions about contemporary society and culture. Since 2016 she has collaborated with a mathematician on various projects focused on the question of how qualities get to be quantified. Slavkovic lives and works in Belgrade, Serbia and Miami.
Drawing on Likeness is funded in part by a grant from Funding Arts Broward.