Velden Kunst

Now or never by Jelena Micić

In her debut gallery presentation Jelena Micić reveals a set of works thematizing different aspects of her long-term color investigations. The exhibition gathers around the methods of color sampling, followed by pigment extraction from her everyday environment underlying socio-political and economic aspects of color and material.

While the painting series Color catcher investigates possibilities of a household color theory by (mis)using the washing (machine) paper in order to capture pigments from drink, food, spices, textile, and plants, Palette of my Homeland includes seven types of soils from her hometown Knjaževac in Eastern Serbia.

Along with natural substances, Micić also makes use of human-made industrial resources. In the monochrome series Neutralization the author hosts pigments from several kinds of silver/no yellow shampoos. On the other hand, in the analytic painting series Bojne probe (Color probes) is trying to capture an ideal mixture of a pink neon-cobalt violet nuance, and her newest painting strategy involves environmentally hostile material. Single-use plastic will be completely withdrawn from the market by the end of the year, allowing us to witness its safe disappearance. Plastik ist plastisch incorporates plastic products such are garbage bags, cotton buds, and different sorts of packaging simultaneously quoting abstract painting traditions.

Jelena Micić (1986, Serbia) graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna at the Textual sculpture class. MA in Philosophy and Graduated philologist of Scandinavian language University of Belgrade. Awarded with Würdigungspreis der Akademie der bildenden Künste Wien for Excellent Artistic Theses, Ö1 Talentestipendium Bildende Kunst and kültür gemma! Fellowship. Her works are in the Collection of the Federal Ministry for Arts, Culture, Civil Service and Sport in Austria, Kupferstichkabinett der Akademie der bildenden Künste in Vienna, The Homeland Museum in Knjaževac and private collections. Micić is interested in socio-political aspects of color (systems). Founder of the informal group UMETNIK*.

Address and contact:
Galerie3, Velden
Klagenfurter Str. 14, 9220 Velden