ANGELL GALLERY is pleased to present STILLS: Moments of Extreme Consequence, a multi-disciplinary body of work featuring painting, drawing, photography, video and sculpture by VESSNA PERUNOVICH. The exhibition will take place throughout the gallery from January 19, 2013 to February 23, 2013.
An opening reception will be held on January 26, 1:00 to 4:00 PM.
Vessna Perunovich is one of Canada's most significant artists. Working across diverse platforms, she explores the physical and psychological repercussions of displacement, exile and transience. While working from her perspective as a woman exiled by conflict from her Balkan homeland, Perunovich expresses the broader struggles of the human condition.
Like fellow Serbian, performance artist Marina Abramović, Perunovich often works with her own body, inviting us to vicariously experience the metaphorical push and pull of life. She shares with sculptor Louise Bourgeois, another exile, a predilection for "soft" materials, whose malleability echoes the body's limits as elastic yet vulnerable container. Through video, Perunovich records symbolic motions of creation and destruction, emulating the rhythms of the universe through the technology of today.
STILLS: Moments of Extreme Consequence includes recent pieces created during the artist's residency as part of the prestigious International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) in New York.
Continuing her investigation into the nature of existence, Perunovich focuses on the concept of life-defining moments, which she invites us to experience as "stills" — moments in between movement and immobility. Significant events are symbolically represented on canvas, paper and film as splashes, spills, enclosures and entrapments. Figurative, abstract and text imagery is connected through Perunovich's dramatic palette of black, white and blood red, stark yet sensual. With a visceral edge that pokes at the body while provoking the mind, Perunovich infuses her thoughtful meditations on the human condition with irony, humour and beauty.
Vessna Perunovich is a Toronto-based internationally acclaimed interdisciplinary artist whose work embraces performance, video, sculpture, painting and drawing. Perunovich has exhibited in biennials in Cuba, Albania, England, Portugal, Yugoslavia, and Greece and attended residencies in Berlin, Bursa (Turkey), Banff and New York. Her survey exhibitions Borderless and Emblems of Enigma toured across Canada and Europe. A recipient of numerous awards, including the Toronto Friends of Visual Arts, Perunovich is represented in many public and private collections, and is the subject of two monographs: (W)hole, 2004 and Emblems of the Enigma, 2008. She is represented by Angell Gallery.