Endi Poskovic, Landscape with a Rock study I with Orange Tint (Rocky Reef on the Sea Shore after C. D. Friedrich)

Endi Poskovic

www.endiposkovic.com

In his graphic work, Endi Poskovic invokes influences as disparate as early cinema, classic Japanese woodcut prints, devotional pictures, and Eastern European propaganda posters. By combining visual representation with text, Poskovic shifts the reading of the image by providing a new context for the viewer to continually reinterpret. Reminiscent of youthful whimsy and playful fantasy, the unsettling juxtapositions and invented constructions in Poskovic’s prints convey a sense of the habitual, like a window into the everyday reality of a different world. The hybridized narratives of toy-like objects and fantastic landscapes in Poskovic’s work imply stories from personal and social histories, referencing themes of displacement, shifting cultural identity, environmental transformation, migration, and alienation—all of which are presented in images that are as tragic as they are magnificent.


Endi Poskovic was born in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, in1969. From an early age he studied music and art, which eventually led to performances of traditional music and songs of the Balkans at festivals throughout Europe and the Middle East. Poskovic completed his B.F.A. at the University of Sarajevo Academy of Fine Arts in 1990. A Minnefindet Scholarship, funded by the Norwegian government, enabled him to live in Norway for a year to study art as well as the Nynorsk language and culture. From Norway, Poskovic moved to the United States to study with Harvey Breverman and Adele Henderson at the State University of New York at Buffalo, where he earned his M.F.A. in 1993.


Poskovic has been the recipient of numerous grants and fellowships, most recently from the John D. Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Study Center in Italy and the Open Studio Centre in Canada. Other notable awards include grants and fellowships from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Camargo Foundation in France, MacDowell Colony, Art Matters Foundation, New York State Arts Council, Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Indiana Arts Commission, Confucius Institute, Durfee Foundation, Flemish Ministry of Culture-Frans Masereel Centrum in Belgium, Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies, McColl Center for Visual Arts, Can Serrat International Art Centre in Spain, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Kala Art Institute, Valparaiso Foundation in Spain, and the University of Michigan Center for Japanese Studies.


Widely exhibited, Poskovic has presented his prints in some of the most prestigious venues for print media, most recently in the 14th Taipei International Print Biennial, and the 2009 Krakow International Print Triennial. He has also shown work in the Egyptian International Print Triennial, La Biennale Internationale d'Estampe Contemporaine de Trois-Rivières in Canada, Deutsche Internationale Grafik-Triennale in Frechen, Tallinn International Triennial in Estonia, Xylon International Triennale in France, and Ljubljana International Graphic Arts Biennale in Slovenia. Comprehensive surveys of Poskovic’s prints have been organized by the Philadelphia Print Center in 2001, the Des Moines Art Center in 2006, the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art in 2007, and again in 2008 by the Frans Masereel Museum in Belgium—which traveled to Stad Leuven Academie en Conservatorium and Atelier Vrije Grafiek, Academie voor Beeldende Kunst-Ghent.


Works by Endi Poskovic are in many permanent collections, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Royal Antwerp Museum of Fine Arts, Centre National des Arts Plastiques in Cairo, the Fogg Art Museum—Harvard University, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, New Orleans Museum of Art, Orange County Museum of Art in California, the Kennedy Museum of American Art, the University of Iowa Museum of Art, Des Moines Art Center, Seattle Arts Commission, The Krakow International Print Triennial Society Museum of Art, Tampa Museum of Fine Arts, Vaasa Ostrobothnian Museum in Finland, and the Musée d'Art Contemporain Fernet Branca-Saint-Louis in France.


Poskovic is a Professor at the University of Michigan School of Art and Design, as well as at the University of Michigan Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies.


Poskovic’s current series of lithographic prints and animations are a roman à clef reminiscing Mostar, a city with several distinct ethnic communities in Southern Bosnia and Herzegovina. Through faith in the process of drawing, the series offers a personal tale of displacement and discovery.


Curtis Bartone's work explores how human beings perceive, define, and mythologize wilderness and our fragmented view of our place in the environment. His recent pieces combine various perceptions of the natural world, ranging from non-objective, scientific views to Judeo-Christian ideas of mankind’s dominion over “every living thing that moveth upon the earth” to “pagan” views of natural occurrences as codes or messages to be deciphered. Bartone fuses Renaissance painting, 17th-century Dutch still life, 19th-century scientific illustration, literature, and collections in natural science museums, with a contemporary aesthetic informed by photography and mass media. His work has been shown in 21 solo exhibitions and in more than 80 group exhibitions in several countries. He has received numerous grants and awards, including two Illinois Arts Council Grants, and has been awarded several residencies--most recently, the Emmanuel College Artist Residency in Boston for the summer of 2016. There, he will be creating a suite of etchings based on the ten plagues of Egypt. Currently, Mr. Bartone resides in Savannah, Georgia with his wife and seven cats. He splits his time between making prints and teaching printmaking at the Savannah College of Art and Design.
Born in Greenfield, MA, Ethan Aaron Rice has been indulging his creative and artistic tendencies since childhood, fostered from life in both rural western Massachusetts and the suburban landscapes of New Jersey. What began as constant childhood doodles evolved into a deeper interest in the principles of art and the beginning of a lifelong passion. Ethan graduated from Northfield Mount Hermon highschool in 2001 where he began his studies in art.  He then earned a Bachelor's degree in Studio Art with minors in both Art History and English at the University of Vermont. During his undergraduate years, Ethan also studied abroad in Cortona, Italy at the Lamar Dodd School of Art with the University of Georgia where he was introduced to intaglio printmaking.  His interest in printmaking led him back to Italy to further his education at Il Bisonte Institute of Printmaking in Florence, Italy.  He graduated at the top of his class with a professional printmaking degree in 2007.  Ethan's art has been shown in many international and national shows. He continues to exhibit and enter competitions near and far to connect with more artists.  Presently, Ethan lives in Santa Monica, California where he teaches printmaking classes at the Irvine Fine Arts Center.  
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ImMigration Project_Venice
Jan. 11, 2020

ImMigration Project at Self Help Graphics

Saturday, January 11th to February 22nd, 2020

Opening Reception, January 11th, 7PM - 9PM

Join us February 1st, 2020 from 1PM-3PM
For or a Gallery Walk through with participating artists followed by a
Panel Discussion on "Migration and Art”  with

Pavel Acevedo, Marianne Sadowski and Phumilelele Tshabalala

Included in this exhibition is a special preview of PAPER BOATS, a small flotilla will be on view in preparation for LA Printmaking on view at SGCI 2020 in San Juan, Puerto Rico, April 1-4, 2020.


The ImMigration Project, back from an exciting installation in Venice Italy, in October 2019 currently comprises 145 artists from all over North America and Europe!
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