OMC Gallery for Contemporary Arts presents from May 02 to June 02, 2012
Chair Portraits and Other Subjects’ by Djani Ivancevic.
- Contemporary Black and White Photography -
This exhibition features an ongoing project of the young Croatian photographer, titled “The Chair Portraits” and additionally presents an extensive look into his earlier series “The Melancholic Diary”.
Ivancevic’ s chair images are a far cry away from the sleek and perfect imagery we’re used to from product photography. Not one photo features the design style or the ergonomic quality of the subject, no studio lighting enhances characteristic lines or details.
A lot of the chairs are portrayed in environments, where they appear almost abandoned, forgotten and useless and yet, Ivancevic succeeds to show their character.
Taken out of the familiar context they now offer us another story, make us guess about their history. They reveal hints about their former purpose and what they might have seen before they were forgotten, hidden or misplaced.
Ivancevic’ s chairs resemble forgotten heroes, once loved, desired and in the spotlight, they now are only kept around due to some lingering sentiment or pleasant memory, their former owners still might have.
The artist portrays them with respect, like old friends. His use of given light nurtures intimacy and he allows darkness to create a sheltered space, readily set to open a silent dialog.
In his project “The Melancholic Diary” Djani Ivancevic documents his immediate environment, strange places and daily events in a movie still like approach. He doesn’t write about his thoughts, secrets and feelings, he rather uses his camera to record and eventually share them. His images reflect the depth of the unspoken, the surrealistic nuance in his daily reality and catch the simple magic any subject, people and portrait, still life and ambience, may reveal for a moment. In his images inspired by the work of Carlos Saura and Federico Fellini he captures the mood and atmosphere of his surroundings and its protagonists and succeeds to show us more than their obvious surface.
Djani is Croatian, yet was born 1979 in Germany. From 1980 until 1996 he lived in Split, Croatia and from 1996 until 2006 he worked as assistant and freelance photographer in Dusseldorf, Germany. He now lives near Split with his family, where he has opened his own studio.
2012 OMC Gallery For Contemporary Art, Huntington Beach
2004 OMC Gallery, Duesseldorf, Germany
2010 “From Wall To Wall” Contemporary Art, OMC Gallery, Huntington Beach
2008 “ take A Chance” young artists of the gallery, OMC Gallery, Huntington Beach
2008 "Portfolio" OMC Gallery, Huntington Beach
2007 "Precious Little Things", OMC Gallery, Huntington Beach
2006 Art L.A., Civic Center, Santa Monica
2006 "Various Artists" of the OMC Gallery, Huntington Beach
2005 Photo L.A., Civic Center, Santa Monica
2004 Art Rotterdam, Rotterdam, Netherlands
2004 Photo San Francisco, San Francisco
Reception for the Exhibition: Saturday May 5, 3 - 6 PM
Entrance free - Age Suitability 16