The Temple Gallery of Art is pleased to announce an exhibition of recent paintings and drawings on paper by Zdenko Krtić. The show will be up from May 31 to June 12, with an opening reception on Wednesday, June 3 from 7 – 9 pm.
The exhibition titled Vernal Pools consists of works on paper developed over last several years, many of them a result of artist’s frequent travels to Italy. The work reveals Krtić’s increasing interest in a dynamic idea of history; one that is always mutable and reflective of subjective, and infinite, narrative potentials.
This understanding of history is particularly reflected in artist’s approach to the variety of mediums and methods explored - ranging from use of mediums like beeswax, pigmented wax, powdered graphite, oil, denatured alcohol, gum Arabic, and fabric stains, to the methods of image appropriation, accomplished through layering of transfers, rubbings, and photomechanical reproductions. Krtić draws all the time, not only using charcoal and graphite, but also using a laser beam that allows him to physically engrave/scar the painting surfaces. Resulting works have an intense materiality and are at once technically/ mechanically specific, while at the same time becoming increasingly gestural and abstract.
In these predominantly modular works Krtić engages with specific histories, politics, and identities, often by quoting multiple sources and by juxtaposing seemingly unrelated found images. It is this deliberate image crosspollination; this folding of one reality into another, that allows transcending limitation of time, scale, and distance. With this vocabulary, Krtić moves freely, and with ease, among various conventions of spatial representation (illusionistic, diagrammatic, scientific, symbolic) resulting in disjunctive, but complex narratives. Thus his work seems to foster not only a sense of exploration and discovery, but also recognition of interdependence of all things.
About the Artist:
Originally from Croatia, Zdenko Krtić lives and works in the United States where he teaches painting and drawing at Auburn University. He has many ties with Rome where he occasionally teaches study abroad art studios, and where he is currently completing his third visiting artist residency at the American Academy.