Natasa Prljevic & Joshua Nierodzinski
VANISHING POINT by Joshua Nierodzinski and Natasa Prljevic
APRIL 30, 2016 through MAY 29, 2016
VANISHING POINT, a two-person exhibition featuring the individual and collaborative artwork of Joshua Nierodzinski and Nataša Prljević. The Brooklyn-based pair will exhibit a refreshingly contemporary mix of painting, collage, printmaking and installation. In the past two years, Nierodzinski and Prljević have shared studio space, life experiences, and overlapping concepts in their artistic practices. Vanishing Point is a dynamic and articulate presentation of the common visual language that’s emerged from this lived fusion. Ideas for the exhibit first percolated during artist residencies in summer 2015 at Vermont Studio Center and Wassaic Residency in New York. Work was finalized at a shared studio space, 47 Hall Street, in Brooklyn.
Nierodzinski is primarily a painter and printmaker but, as a self-professed “child of the 80s,” his craft has not gone untouched by the mediated technologies of his youth —specifically, the dreamy ambiguities of photography and film. His work recalls efforts to restore figuration to contemporary painting, a goal shared by influences Eric Fischl and David Salle. By “unfold[ing] multiple events in space,” Nierodzinzki’s figures inhabit a filmic terrain where formal “clues” of color, position and gesture lend insight into the multivalent narratives. “An unhinging of predictable and known reality” occurs through these juxtapositions, prodding the viewer to multiple readings of visual, emotional, and mental data.
Prljević, meanwhile, engages “static displacement,” which might be equated with standing still amidst swirling eddies of chaos and change. Reflecting on her “personal transition from post-socialist Yugoslavia (Serbia) to the United States,” Prljević finds the medium of collage rife with potential for both creation and destruction. She might even employ power tools to simultaneously raze and renew the surfaces of her multilayered collages. Such patently physical maneuvers imbue Prljević’s work with a gritty, gutsy corporeality that refocuses the human body as a metaphysical mooring, a source of female narrative, and a permeable barrier that safeguards history while transforming it.
The titular “vanishing point” describes a perspective where parallel lines seem to converge. In this exhibition, parallel trains of thought, people and ideas collide. The unique bipartite shape of the gallery provides an ideal venue for these artist’s histories and practices to meet, merge, and transform. Two perspectives approach a common point, achieving more than they could alone.
Joshua Nierodzinski is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth with a BFA in Painting and an MFA from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. In 2015, he was nominated for an MFA Fellowship from the Dedalus Foundation. Nierodzinski has completed three residencies, with the most recent being the Wassaic Artist Residency in Wassaic, NY. He has won numerous grants and awards and has exhibited his work widely in numerous cities, including New Bedford, Providence, Detroit, New Berlin, NY, and Salamanca, Spain. He currently lives and works in Brooklyn with his partner and collaborator Nataša Prljević.
Nataša Prljević was born in Užice, Serbia. She has exhibited both individually and collectively in Serbia, Slovenia, Austria, Germany, Spain and the United States. She holds a BFA in painting from Academy of Arts in Novi Sad, Serbia and MFA from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She was a KulturKontakt grant recipient (2009) for attending the International Summer Academy in Salzburg, Austria where she attended the course “Collage, Assemblage, Painting: Crossing Boundaries” under Gerlind Zeilner and Yi Chen. Her research and work have been awarded by numerous stipends. Recently, she was awarded the Rackham International Student Fellowship/ Chia-Lun Lo Fellowship at the University of Michigan (2014). She was nominated for the Dedalus Foundation Master of Fine Arts Fellowship in Painting and Sculpture in 2015. She lives and works in New York City.