Aleksandar Duravcevic – Galerie Stefan Röpke, Cologne
Born 1970 in Montenegro
Room no. 1 (Things are not what they seem)
So called histories
So called memories
Beauty in devastation
Silence of the aftermath
Skin and surface
– Aleksandar Duravcevic
The subtle subject matter and images of Duravcevic’s works are rooted in his personal experiences of living through the changing political landscape of his native Montenegro. Growing up with a lineage of conflicting cultures and religions in what was then Yugoslavia, and having to experience war and emigration to America later on, the artist is interested in presenting duality in his work; a process of his own search for identity. Duravcevic uses his deep wealth of knowledge of all aspects of history and his astute observation of daily life for the metaphors that become the subject of his work.
By working with graphite on black paper for example, or by using mirrored surfaces and glass, a ghostly quality is achieved, making the viewer have to look twice or pay closer attention. This is in the very heart of Duravcevic's work. He draws objects of luxurious beauty that may at first attract but that raise thought as one investigates their histories, or portray something disturbing that may actually hold a fond memory. The constant tension of opposites is ever present in his work - between cultures, within history, and between life and death.
Aleksandar Duravcevic was born in Montenegro. He attended the Unverstiy of Montenegro (1990-1992) and the Accademia di Bella Arte, Florence (1993-1994), and received his MFA from Pratt Institue, Brooklyn. He is currently a visiting professor at the Hunter College MFA Program. His works are in numerous private and public collections including the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum, and Museum of Fine Arts Boston, among others. Duravcevic lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.