Nov 13 2016
Location Osijek Eurodrom
This past week on the evening of Nov 3 downtown was full of excitement and energy in the Eurodrom building. The ground level was host to the Gala event featuring two local artist. Željka Fuderer Levak and Marija Adrić Soldo in the exhibit “IZLOZBA ZA GOSPODU I PUSTOLOVKE.” (Translates to “EXHIBITION FOR THE Mr. AND The ADVENTURESS”.)The theme is intrinsic in nature to the tone of Women’s lives and the juxtaposition of contemporary media. The show is inviting to all audiences to ponder the artist work to captivate new ideas.
The gala was a complete success as many visitors turned up to see the show. Friends and family were there to support them for opening night. Many great moments were shared as people enjoyed the Art work of Željka and Marija. It started with open doors at 7:30 with refreshments and great food. The kick off was great with opening ceremonies and refreshments. It was almost standing room only as a large audience of people came out to see the exhibit. Željka and Marija brought the event to life with a warm welcoming speech. The guest all agreed that Osijek was the place to be last night, being able to socialize and meet friends and make new ones. . A lady in the crowd said that some of the picture reminded her of how at times she sees herself portrayed. It was the use of colors that people talked about the most. Zeljka used a wide variety of colors, while Marija was almost mono-chromatic in earthly tones.
Marija Adrić Soldo use a combination of unique material Styrofoam, Gauze and Markers to create a large pieces of great art work. When first looking at her work one would think it was acrylic paint however it is not the case. A closer look will reveal a great technique of letting the marker blur and blend itself to create this acrylic look. The layering of marker creates an exclusive style over the gauze that is matted to the Styrofoam. The portraying of is using woman to tell a story that is not obvious until examine the colors, it is not the typical glamour of make-up. The colors are found in camouflage of green, black, and the painting only focuses on the face. The viewer is left to challenge deeper as the painting stares back without a smile. The other paintings is in similar tone of the subject matter of fruit, high heal shoes and other accessories.
Željka Fuderer Levak use a combination of marker, on paper gives a graphic arts style. She also uses the portrayal of woman that perhaps the artist has met personally. It may seem like a simplistic format however is rather complex graphic design elements. In examining just one study of her work is not possible as there as many elements used. The spectator must in most cases examine each work and the work as a whole. It is a challenge to interpret but it requires more viewing and movement around the room of each piece of study to complexity of the puzzle. There is continuous use of space and time giving from New wave movement to pop culture with the existing trends of modern society. How is this possible one may ask? The use of colour, hair style and fashion is remote in the artists’ work. The view must not forget how the sheets of paper is hung on a string and not framed gives the modern philosophy that woman can no longer be put into a frame or molded but to be free.
It will be interesting to see what happens in the next series by both artist as they explore the various possible concepts with the changing of society’s dogma. The Eurodom is the place to be as Osijek continues to strive for excellence in art and culture scene.