Location: Gallery of Fine Arts (Ulica kralja Tomislava 1)
Dates: October 17th - November 26th, 2023.
Curator: Marija Stipišić Vuković
The exhibition titled Panoramas of permanent movement by Gordana Bakić, one of the more intriguing painters of the middle generation on the Croatian art scene, shows twenty recent artworks and is the first presentation of this artist’s work in Split. Over the past thirty years, through constant work, she has convincingly affirmed her artistic identity and her ability to continuously evolve it. Her distinctive style in shaping meticulously crafted, large-scale paintings is inspired by nature and organic forms and structures, as well as characteristic technical/technological and architectural features. The entire surface of her works is filled with vibrant lines, continuous movement of intricate, multiplied forms, and changes in the rhythm of the lines and shapes, reaching a maximum level of saturation. In her creative process, Bakić creates imaginative landscapes of a higher state of consciousness rather than any real topography. She approaches the act of painting with expertise and preparedness, as evident in the artwork itself and in all its components. The paintings are thoughtful in all aspects of their appearance: conceptual, performative, visual, and iconological. The artist approaches every aspect of her creative practice with a full awareness of the tradition to which she belongs, but also with self-awareness as someone who employs the stylistic conventions of painting in an individual way.
Gordana Bakić was born on 28 March 1972, in Zagreb. In 1986, she enrolled in the School of Applied Arts and Design in her hometown, graduating in 1990 with a focus on graphic design. In the same year, she began her studies in Visual Culture (Department of Art Education) at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb. She completed her undergraduate degree in the class of Prof. Zlatko Keser in 2001. From 2002 to 2012, she worked as a theatre painter at the Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb, where she worked on painting the stage sets. In 2006, she enrolled in the postgraduate program at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Ljubljana, specialising in Painting (mentored by Prof. Bojan Gorenec) and Video (mentored by Prof. Srečo Dragan). She earned her master’s degree in 2011 with a thesis titled “Structuring the Whole through Self-Recycling.” Since 2012, she has been employed at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb. She has staged over 30 solo exhibitions and has participated in 70 group exhibitions in Croatia and abroad. Lives and works in Zagreb.
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