den contemporary is proud to present create/re/create, an exhibition featuring southern California artists Renée Azenaro and Snezana Petrovic. Through shared aesthetic values and a collaborative spirit, the artists investigate ideas of creating and recreating, as affected by proximity and distance.
create/re/create includes works on paper, sculpture and video. The artists created some of the pieces separately yet simultaneously while being in two different parts of the world; other pieces were made as a result of combined efforts, all of which seamlessly blend as an intimate expression of shared artistic sensibilities.
Both living in the foothill city of Redlands, Azenaro and Petrovic initially decided to explore the idea of collaboration for a future exhibition. However, the intention was interrupted when Petrovic left for an artist residency in Spain, where she made work inspired by the culture surrounding her. Meanwhile, Azenaro continued to produce her own work in her studio back in their hometown. Without prior discussion, each created parallel work reflecting concepts of impermanence, ephemerality, deconstruction and reconstruction, frailty and strength. The resulting work, individually and collaboratively, is shaped by the artists’ dialogue with these concepts as well as with one another.
In the execution of the work, the artists explore the act of taking things apart as well as how things come together. By borrowing from the past for source material, the artists experiment with the durability and capabilities of quotidian consumer products, recreating them by laboriously unraveling aluminum window screens, crocheting delicate steel wires, and twisting, knotting and netting newspaper.
In Petrovic’s “Spain Letters 2 Love Letters,” Spanish tokens and ephemera are displayed in clear envelopes strung on rows of newspaper rope. The rope travels to Azenaro’s piece “Love Letters,” where delicate flurries of aluminum wire bulge out of paper envelopes, and suggests “bursting with news” albeit in messages without words.
In the two-channel video titled “Passing Through,” Azenaro investigates the interplay of light and line as the camera journeys through the black shadows and sparkling aluminum wire from one of her sculptures, while Petrovic’s projection shows various close-ups of a watchful eyeball, made in response to Azenaro’s piece.
Other series of work in the show include a set of drawings having a continuous landscape of ink and wire lines that traverse a succession of diaphanous fabric; and several reversed canvases wherein stretcher bars frame layers of Modigliani flesh-toned latex fragments, open rips, and sutured tears, suggesting the frailty and repair of wounds.
The artists address notions of temporal endurance and control in their work, which relate to such circumstances endeavored by the human spirit.
About the artists
Born and raised in Yugoslavia, Snezana Petrovic received a BFA from Belgrade University and a MFA from University of California, Irvine. Petrovic is a 2010 grant recipient from the National Endowment for the Arts, and has exhibited her work throughout southern California and internationally in Singapore, Amsterdam, Belgrade and Prague at venues such as Stedelijk Museum, Cvijeta Zuzoric Museum, and in Los Angeles at the Museum of Contemporary Art and Society for Photographic Education.
Petrovic is also an accomplished, award-winning set and costume designer for over two hundred theatrical productions, television series and feature films produced in the United States and Europe, winning the prestigious “Ovations” award in 2011 for costume designs in the Large Theatre category.
Renée Azenaro was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York and received a MFA from Vermont College in Montpelier, Vermont. She earned a B.S., Fine Art at the C.U.N.Y. Baccalaureate Program Cum Laude in New York City. Azenaro has exhibited her work in New York, North Carolina, Vermont, and California, and in 2013 will be featured in a solo exhibition in Belgrade, Serbia. She previously held teaching positions at Sage College in Albany, NY, Wilson College in Swannanoa, North Carolina, and California State University in San Bernardino. Currently, Azenaro is a faculty member at University of Redlands where she teaches sculpture, drawing, ceramics, 2-D design, art history and contemporary art theory.
den contemporary is located in the Pacific Design Center Blue Building, 8687 Melrose Avenue, 2nd Floor-Suite B261, West Hollywood, California 90069. The gallery mailing address is P.O. Box 6602, Beverly Hills, California 90212. Regular gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday from 11am to 5pm, and Saturday through Monday by appointment.
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