An exhibit of works by a Bosnian-born artist will open on June 2 at the Duplex art gallery in Sarajevo. Paintings of Maja Ružnić will be exhibited at the gallery by June 22. The Phantom Caravan exhibition will feature paintings that the author describes as “a search for lost cousins, forgotten uncles, and unknown fathers”.
Born in Bosnia in 1983, Maja Ružnić immigrated to the United States with her family in 1995, settling on the West Coast where she eventually went on to study at the University of California, Berkley, later receiving an MFA from the California College of Arts. Ružnić’s paintings depict figures that seem to emerge from the caverns of human history, from within their own supports, and somehow from within the viewer’s own recollections.
Ružnić’s has recently shown her work at Carmen Wiedenhoeft Gallery in Denver, Galeri G-Art in Istanbul, MASS Gallery in Austin, Galerie Ernst Hilger in Vienna, Arc Gallery in San Francisco, and locally at Charlie James Gallery, the Torrance Art Museum, Shulamit Nazarian Gallery, and most recently as part of MAIDEN LA.
The author said about her work: “The process of painting allows me to sift through my ideas about who they might have been. I make them up as I go, wiping and staining the surface of the canvas until a face feels familiar. They dance to help me remember. The finished painting is a collaboration between myself, their whispers and moans. Their dance destabilizes certainty and makes us feel comfortable with fog. My marks, barely legible, flirt with abstraction and let the figures be unraveled. My painterly language is the spoken language of my ancestors – gibberish – and it is in this balderdash that we meet. My marks break, trip on themselves and cough up hairballs. How little can we get away with and still derive meaning from something? Can I take the eyeballs away and one will still know that it’s a face?”