Recent Lithographs 2012-2013
Poskovic’s latest undertaking Crossing underscores a personal tale of discovery. In 2010, he returned for the first time to his ancestral birthplace in Southeastern Herzegovina, experiencing towns and villages untouched by time juxtaposed with devastating evidence of violence in the landscape. In this project, Poskovic is indirectly examining recent dramatic demographic shifts in his motherland through additive and subtractive stone lithography printing to depict the war-ravaged topography. This series of achromatic lithographs provide the foundation for an animated film. The visual vocabulary in this series of singular images, once applied to the animated film, takes on the crude, almost clumsy appearance of early black and white cinema, complete with simple gestures and didactic narratives. Poskovic invokes the feeling present in classic paintings such as Frederic Edwin Church’s Iceberg Flotante, Caspar David Friedrich’s Sea of Ice, Edvard Munch’s Sommernacht am Strand, and Winslow Homer’s The Gulf Stream. Simple, eloquent transitions from image to image, such as an iceberg gradually morphing into a cloud, or a stormy, rain-filled cloud evaporating into nothing, create a familiar, yet unsettling experience. This hybrid blend of drawing, print, and animation creates an amalgam of possibilities, in which the unfamiliar becomes almost tactile, while the familiar (rocks, clouds, water) provides a handhold on reality.
A recipient of Guggenheim, Rockefeller, Pollock-Krasner, Camargo, McDowell, Flemish Ministry, Norwegian Government Fellowships, and many others, Poskovic was educated in Yugoslavia, Norway and the US. He has exhibited extensively, representing the US in all major international biennials and triennials. His work can be found at Harvard University Fogg Museum, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Detroit Institute of Arts Museum and China Academy of Art. Poskovic is a Professor of Art and Design at the University of Michigan Stamps School of Art and Design, and Faculty in CREES and CEU-EUC.
20.05.2013 - 28.06.2013