Blouin Artinfo highlights Viktor Popovic's "Split Archives" Exhibition at C24 Gallery

'Split Archives' by Viktor Popović at C24 Gallery, New York

By Blouin Artinfo

C24 Gallery in New York is hosting “Split Archives,” the first solo exhibition by Croatian artist Viktor Popović. 

This exhibition showcases over 30 works of the artist exploring the modernist culture of the erstwhile Yugoslavia in the 1960s, created in the last three years. Popović has conducted extensive research on history and the collective social memory on the subject using method of appropriation and archival research technique, which is reflected in this recent series.

In post-war Yugoslavia, there was a tremendous demand for architectural development and expansion. In “Split Archives,” Popović showcases the city archives of Split, his hometown in Croatia, which showed an exponential development in urban planning and architectural development during this time. The artist has used found objects and industrial raw materials like fluorescent light tubes and color correction filters to create his hybrid light installation that explores the relationship between utility and creativity. There are also “Untitled Archive ST3” and “Untitled Archive ST3: Military Hospital,” which show enlarged photographs of architectural model and interior decoration inside a military hospital. The most prominent piece of the exhibition is an installation made of used hospital beds made of iron, which represents the simplicity and straightforwardness of modern architecture. The beds also contain traces of use, which associates them with memory.

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Art F City features group exhibition 'Notes on Undoing' with works by Viktor Popović

Garis & Hahn and Ikon Arts Foundation are pleased to present Notes on Undoing, a group exhibition of established and emerging Croatian artists curated by Branka Benčić. Featuring photography, film, drawing, painting and mixed-media work by Igor Eškinja, Vlatka Horvat, Igor Grubić, Tina Gverović, Zlatko Kopljar, Dino Zrnec, Marko Tadić, Damir Očko, Hrvoje Slovenc, Viktor Popović, and Ljiljana Mihaljević.

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IKON Arts Foundation discusses Viktor Popović's work and influences

Viktor Popović, artist and professor of art at the University of Split, is known for using found objects and raw materials in installations that probe the relationship between artwork (or object), audience, the exhibition space, and the environment or location of the gallery itself. One of his most recognizable works is a site-specific yet adaptable installation of fluorescent lights “spun” into a gigantic, glowing spider web that was first exhibited at the Gallery of Fine Arts in Split in 2011, and later at the City Loggia in Zadar and LAUBA in Zagreb. No matter its location, the web both dominates and illuminates the gallery space around it.

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Viktor Popovic at Portland Institute of Contemporary Art Residency

PICA / PAC present Viktor Popovic’s installation at Portland Art Center. Croatian artist, Popovic is visiting Portland through a residency with CEC ArtsLink (NY). CEC ArtsLink is an international arts service organization whose programs support the exchange of artists in the United States with their counterparts in Central Europe, Russia and Eurasia.

Popovic’s temporal, glowing installation of chairs has been culled for the exhibit from people he has encountered during his residency. The delicately orchestrated pile reflects the aura of its owners. Popovic uses light, found and industrial materials to construct his piece about contemplation. Recently featured in the Triennial of Croatian Sculpture in Zagreb, Croatia, Popovic is one of the most important emerging artists in this region.

This installation is being presented by PICA in collaboration with the Portland Art Center, with special thanks to Goldsmith Buildings LLC.

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