21 February – 5 April 2010
Curator: Lorenzo Benedetti
From 21 February through to 5 April 2010 the Foundation for Visual Arts Middelburg (Stichting Beeldende Kunst Middelburg) will present Serbian artist Bojan Sarcevic’s exhibition Involuntary Twitch at De Vleeshal, on the Markt. The exhibition will open on 20 February.
Bojan Sarcevic’s new solo exhibition Involuntary Twitch, specifically designed for display in De Vleeshal, takes modernist codes as a basis for abstract narration. In a series of sculptures entitled Presence at Night, the artist contrasts various organic forms in which natural elements combine to create a structure based on fragility of form and tension between materials. On the walls is a series of works made of various metals including paintings. Entitled Stamina and the Muse, they are similar in form to gymnastic apparatus, suggesting functional equipment – a metaphor of strain that merges with the resilience of the art work. Sarcevic explores the potential physical effort in conjunction with the perceptual aesthetic.
The exhibition creates a dialectic between a variety of objects, all of them marked – as so often in Sarcevic’s work – by extreme elegance and refinement of form. Unsteady elements full of subtle tensions are contrasted with solid, semi-functional structures. Sarcevic’s open-ended, ambiguous forms include references to functionalist architecture and constructivist sculptures. His study of materials in ever-changing combinations also helps us sense the physicality of the sculptures, their weight and gravity, as though they could be used to break free from the ground.
Bojan Sarcevic was born in Belgrade in 1974. In 1999-2000 he studied at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam. He currently teaches at De Ateliers in Amsterdam. There have been major exhibitions of his work at such events as Manifesta 2 in Luxembourg (2002) and the Venice Biennale (2005). In 2001 he had a solo exhibition at the Stedelijk Museum Bureau, Amsterdam.