“A Canvas is Never Empty”
a part of dissertation
“PUSHING THE BOUNDARIES:
The Position and Role of Printmaking in Contemporary Art”
March 16 – 26, 2017
Maja Rožman’s solo exhibition “PUSHING THE BOUNDARIES: The Position and Role of Printmaking in Contemporary Art” will open in the PM Gallery of the Home of the Croatian Association of Artists on Thursday, 16 March 2017, at 19:00 h. The exhibition is a part of Maja’s dissertation, mentored by Associate Art Professor Mirjana Vodopija and Ivana Mance, PhD.
“A Canvas is Never Empty” is Robert Rauchenberg’s statement and the name of the last of the three planned exhibitions related to the exploration of the printmaking medium, which Maja Rožman has been engaged with in the last couple of years as a part of her doctoral dissertation titled “PUSHING THE BOUNDARIES: The Position and Role of Printmaking in Contemporary Art”. The dissertation was created within the framework of doctoral studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb.
The entire study is based on the assumption that printmaking is an active participant and initiator of the main developments and trends in contemporary art and that fundamental principles of printmaking can be reinterpreted to achieve a shift from the mere following of tradition towards necessarily more complex phenomenology of printmaking in the context of multimedia art practice.
The purpose of this research is to inquire into traditional conventions and put to test the boundaries of the printmaking medium; to put forward for consideration a new definition of the term printmaking in accordance with contemporary art practices; and to explore the possibility of realization of printmaking’s conceptual potential within the context of contemporary art.
MAJA ROŽMAN was born on 7 January 1981 in Zagreb, Croatia.
Since 2004 she has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions in the country and abroad. In addition to exhibiting her works, she participated in several Artist-in-Residence programs: Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris (FR); KulturKontakt, Vienna (AT); KunstenaarsLogies, Amersfoort (NL); Cultural City Network Graz (AT); and Platform Garanti Contemporary Art Center, Istanbul (TR). She has received numerous awards and recognitions, such as the Essl Award and VIG Special Invitation in 2011 and the HDLU Award at the 6th Croatian Graphic Triennial in 2012.
Maja lives and works in Zagreb, Croatia.
The exhibition was financially supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia and the City Office for Culture, Education and Sport Zagreb.
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