Why go anywhere else?

Artists from the Fine Art Department of Savannah College of Art and Design
September 1st - 14th, 2010

Why go anywhere else?
Artists from the Fine Art Department of Savannah College of Art and Design

September 1st – 14th, 2010
O3ONE, Andrićev Venac 12

September 1st – 30th, 2010
National Gallery, Dositejeva 1

Opening event:
Wednesday, September 1st, 20h
National Gallery, Dositejeva 1

The exhibition will be opened by Her Excellency Mary Burce Warlick, Ambassador of the USA in Belgrade
Group exhibition Why go anywhere else? presents professors and visiting artists from the Fine Art department of Savannah College of Art and Design, USA. The exhibition features works by the following artists: Matthew Blackwell, Denise Carson, Adam Cvijanović, Craig Drennen, Gregory Eltringham, Suzanne Jackson, Stephen Knudsen, Blažo Kovačević, Natalija Mijatović, Laura Mosquera, Morgan Santander, Todd Schroeder and Roger Mark Walton.

From the 1st of September, the audience will have the opportunity to see chosen works at two galleries in Belgrade – National gallery (Dositejeva 1) and O3ONE (Andrićev Venac 12). Opening Event will be held on September 1st, 20h, at the National Gallery, Dositejeva 1.

Why go anywhere else? showcases the latest works by each of the artists but at the same time, it acknowledges the artists’ collective which made a strong impact on their students and each other as they fulfilled their shared professional motivation.  Despite the differences in concepts, media, techniques, and style, each of the artists featured in the exhibition Why go anywhere else? is using painting as their means of expression, as a tool for cultural analysis, they are creating art as a forum for the exchange of ideas.

In times when the 21st-century painting is going through a period of uncertain growth and development of style,  Roberta Smith reminds us that “pictorial communication – signs, symbols, pictures, and colors on a flat surface – is one of the oldest and most amazing human inventions, just like writing and music“. Artists who work in a multitude of conceptual and representation styles – form collectives motivated by a simple yet extraordinary reason, to be in a position to realize comparable interests and corresponding concepts, enriching each other through their unique forms of artistic expression. With the utmost respect for the spirit of cooperation and painting as an artistic expression, exhibition Why go anywhere else? is researching individual perceptions as well as the synthesis born from the collaboration between professional artists, emphasizing the importance of cooperation in modern artistic praxis. This exhibition accentuates the role of cooperation in a multitude of ways and the continued importance of their “collaboration for the benefit of the artistic experience”.

Within the framework of the exhibition at O3ONE, on September 6th, at 20h a presentation by Blazo Kovacevic will be held, titled Probe. The author will present his project “an installation which deals with the contemporary culture of fear due to the incessant war on terror. Kovacevic brings into the equation moral issues which arise from the fact that personal freedoms are being denied for the benefit of collective safety”.

The exhibition is supported by the Embassy of the United States of America in Belgrade.