Drawings Award of the Vladimir Veličković Drawing Fund 2016
“Vladimir Veličković Fund“ award intended for young artists, presents a unique award that has been awarded for the last 10 years and it shows diversity of drawings as media and bearer of art exploration and activities through different approaches provided by contemporary art practice.Today many artists engage in investigation of limits and nature of drawing media. The so-called expanded drawing area, as Rosalind Krauss wrote about sculpture in her seminal essay in 1979 ”Sculpture in expanded area”, presents investigative approach to drawing – drawing expands into various creative areas, whereas at the same time it gives an insight into different art practices and their disparate relation towards drawing. This year`s exhibition of the laureates offers different view on drawing through art practices of three artists: Vladimir Miladinović, Jovanka Stanojević and Ivana Živić.
Drawings of Ivana Živić present sketches for her series of human figures that swim in fantastic water landscapes decorated with eclectic architecture or dreamlike interiors. She takes refracted form of human body in water as her exploration subject and then she removes such body and puts it on the paper
independently from the context that caused deformity. Presence of water is hinted by distortion of form andthe result of shading and modulation of form leads to drawing of phantasmagoric creatures that plunge into landscapes of dream and imagination. The colour with which Ivana Živić experiments in her
drawings suggests particular psychological conditions, but it also acts autonomously, formally and as a separate element which interrupts monochrome strokes of pencil and coal.
Katarina Kostandinović, Art Historian