May 10, 2018
Izvor Pende - change to abstraction
Cellesche Zeitung
By Jörg Worat
May, 10, 2018

The name says it all: "Turning Point" is the title of the new exhibition by Izvor Pende at Galerie Koch. And this is a turning point in the work of the Croatian artist.

The most striking difference is the change from figurative and landscape representations to abstraction. Gone are the days of the sky, the horizon and the water, as well as the always somewhat melancholy female figures have completely disappeared. This is accompanied by an expansion of the color palette: dominated earlier blue-gray-silvery nuances, crashes now even a fussy orange in the usually quite large screen.

The radical change is by no means to the detriment of the works. Of course, they have become more difficult to define, but also more complex. In the literal sense of the word, as Pende creates interesting tensions between area and space on one side, surface and line on the other. Does not it seem like a glimpse here, a kind of crack to be recognized there? In addition, organic-looking structures repeatedly encounter strict stripe structures, creating more attractive contrasts.

In some cases, the pictures seem a little overloaded - one is even more colorful than strong in color - but never arbitrary. And they do not exhaust themselves so quickly: You can immerse yourself in this painting and let the associations flow. Not all works have titles, but if they are, they are so ambiguous that they do not unreasonably restrict viewing: "All the Way Down", "Diabolik", "The Seventh Continent" ...

Pende did well that he dared the radical outbreak of once found funds - there are enough examples of colleagues who this is not convincing and not even succeeded. In any case, indications of a break in the career seem to be left out: next year, Pende will be represented at the important Venice Art Biennale.

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Globalocation: Celebrating 20 Years of Artnauts
J. Willard Marriott Library
The University of Utah, 01/17/2017

The University of Utah’s J. Willard Marriott Library will host the art exhibition Globalocation: Celebrating 20 Years of Artnauts, Jan. 20-March 3.

Artnauts, an art collective formed 20 years ago by George Rivera, professor of art and art history at the University of Colorado, Boulder, consists of 300 global artists who serve as goodwill ambassadors, acknowledging and supporting victims of oppression worldwide. Their creativity has generated over 230 exhibitions across five continents. Five faculty members from the U’s Department of Art and Art History are members of the collective, Sandy Brunvand, Beth Krensky, V. Kim Martinez, Brian Snapp and Xi Zhang.

Globalocation derives from “Globalocational Art” — a concept used by the Artnauts to refer to their exhibitions in international venues. It is the mission of the Artnauts to take art to places of contention, and this anniversary exhibition is a sample of places where they have been and themes they have addressed.

“The Artnauts could not exist without the commitment of the artists in the collective to a common vision of the transformative power of art,” said Rivera. “The Artnauts make their contribution with art that hopefully generates a dialogue with an international community on subjects that are sometimes difficult to raise.”

Krensky, associate department chair of the Art and Art History Department, had the opportunity to travel with Rivera in Chile as part of an Artnauts project, working with mothers who were searching for their children who had mysteriously disappeared during a time of political unrest.

“When I travelled to Chile in 1998, George and I spent an afternoon with the Mothers of the Disappeared, and the meeting changed my life,” said Krensky. “It was from that moment on that I placed a picture of them on my desk to look at every day. I was so moved by what they each had lost — a son, a brother, a father — and yet what remained for them was a deep, deep well of love. They were fierce warriors and stood up to the government to demand the whereabouts and information of the people who had disappeared, but they lived within profound love.”

The 20th anniversary exhibition at the Marriott Library is a retrospective of the traveling works the Artnauts have toured around the globe. The exhibition will be located on level three of the library. The opening reception is open to the public and will be held on Friday, Jan 20, 4-6 p.m. Rivera will speak at 4 p.m.

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