Tuesday, August 9, 2016

SELFIE


My first response to the brief was to test the classical approach to self-portraiture – in other words to paint a (flattering but casual) version of myself using a (digital) looking glass by means of a (selfie) stick plus brush and then to (post-) display it in the (social media) gallery space. Then a friend facebooked me and posted an image of my face superimposed on the painting Infanta Margaritta by Velasquez.

While answering the brief itself, the image became the starting point for the resultant series of paintings that attempt to encode the act of representing one’s self – the art of making a selfie.  In these paintings I self-consciously fashion myself from someone else’s digital depiction of me, then exhibit the hand painted constructions offline.




I am Hiding - 76 x 76 cm , oil on canvas

Feeling Important - 76 x 76 cm, oil on canvas 
Lost in The Middle of Attention - 101 x 80 cm, oil on canvas

Saturday, June 11, 2016

DISRUPTED - David Krut Projects, Johannesburg - 2016




In this experimental body of work, Maljević abstracts iconic figurative imagery by Diego Velázquez in order to “disrupt the neat classical image” (Maljević). It is the first time Maljević has rooted an exhibition in a single motif to which every piece relates.
Maljević explains that she chose to work with the Old Master “because of his important place in the history of art”, to which she gives a nuanced nod. Maljević’s exhibition pays homage to this reality by using traditional means – paint and canvas – to re-construe traditional imagery according to a contemporary approach to constructing an image.
Disrupted explores the potential processes for building an image, especially when it already exists in various form within public memory. In most works, Maljević turns to Velázquez’s famous renderings of Infanta Margaret Theresa, a regularly re-appropriated figure in art history, and follows her instinct “to disturb its finely polished execution”.
Maljević is drawn to the multiple abstractions that make up a naturalistic image and seeks to bring this heightened mode of perception to the fore. For example, while some works highlight shapes found in Margaret’s face and body structure, others take the deep blue of her elaborate gown as their starting point.
Maljević’s playful repetition of geometric shapes is immediately recognizable as her signature language of abstract expression. This unique assemblage of shapes on the canvas can be described as an intuitive extrapolation of an alphabet of symbols which exist in her mind’s eye. Maljević describes her process to be “like alchemy” – an inexplicable meeting of mind and matter.
By layering imperfect shapes in spontaneous formations while responding to Velázquez’s style and legacy, Maljević delights in the impromptu process of disrupting preciousness around the image. In the studio, she would embrace so-called “mistakes” and return to each work to “resolve them in conversation with one another” (Maljević) while maintaining a necessary resistance to the notion of a clean and “finished” painting.

Text by Jessie Cohen


Blue Margarita - 230 x 165 cm, oil on canvas

Red Margarita - 230 x 165 cm, oil on canvas

Baby Margarita - 330 x 165 cm, oil on canvas

Mother and Daughter - 260 x 200 cm, oil on canvas

Dotted Margarita - 122 x 91 cm, oil on canvas

Margarita in Pieces - 122 x 91 cm, oil on canvas

Between the Lines Margarita - 122 x 91 cm, oil on canvas

Mariana - 122 x91 cm, oil on canvas

Busy Baby - 122 x 91 cm, oil on canvas

Where is Mariana - 91 x 61 cm, oil on canvas
Baby on the Pedestal - 76 x 61 cm, oil on canvas

Flower Baby - 91 x 61 cm, oil on canvas



DRAWINGS 

Infanta Margarita 1 - 21 x 15 cm, mixed media on paper


Infanta Margarita 2 - 21 x 15 cm, mixed media on paper
Infanta Margarita 3 - 21 x 15 cm, mixed media on paper
Infanta Margarita 4 - 21 x 15 cm, mixed media on paper
Infanta Margarita 5 - 21 x 15 cm, mixed media on paper

Becoming Margarita 1 - 59 x 41 cm, mixed media on board


Becoming Margarita  2  -66 x 47 cm, mixed media on paper



Becoming Margarita 3 - 42,5 x 42,5 cm, mixed media on paper

FNB Joburg Art Fair - 2015, Johannesburg

Formal Statement of This - 230 x 165 cm , oil on canvas

Beyond our Comprehension - 71 x 61 cm, oil on canvas

Small Fragments - 71 x 61 cm , oil on canvas

Way one is Dressed - 71 x 61 cm, oil on canvas

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Along the Line - 2015

Within the Limits - 60 x 91 cm, oil on canvas

Branch of Activity - 60 x 91 cm, oil on canvas

Long Narrow Mark Trace with Pen-200 x 280 cm, oil on canvas

Cape Town Art Fair, CT - 2015

ab - 30 x 30 cm ,oil on canvas
jk - 30 x 30 cm, oil on canvas

lm - 30 x 30 cm, oil on canvas

mm - 30 x30 cm, oil on canvas
nnj - 30 x 30 cm, oil on canvas

op- 30 x 30 cm, oil on canvas
rs- 30 x 30 cm, oil on canvas

tc- 30 x 30 cm, oil on canvas

tt- 30 x 30 cm, oil on canvas

uf- 30 x 30 cm, oil on canvas

vg- 30 x 30 cm, oil on canvas

zi- 30 x 30 cm, oil on canvas

ddj- 30 x 30 cm, oil on canvas
ez- 30 x 30 cm, oil on canvas

hs- 30 x 30 cm, oil on canvas

it- 30 x 30 cm, oil on canvas


cc- 30 x 30 cm, oil on canvas

dzs- 30 x 30 cm, oil on canvas

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

FNB Joburg Art Fair, Johannesburg - 2014

Inspired by the Vision - 40 x 30 cm, oil paint and pencil on canvas

Human Proportions- 35 x 28 cm, oil paint and pencil on canvas

Provoking Presentations- 40 x 30 cm, oil paint and pencil on canvas

Aside from a Matter of Beauty- 40 x 30 cm, oil paint and pencil on canvas

Outward Aspect- 40 x 30 cm, oil paint and pencil on canvas

Warn on Head or Elsewhere- 40 x 30 cm, oil paint and pencil on canvas

I can See it For What it Is- 30 x 30 cm, oil paint and pencil on canvas

There are Four Interlocking Stories-35 x28 cm, oil paint and pencil on canvas

This is an Observation- 35 x 28 cm, oil paint and pencil on canvas

Sometimes in the Moment- 35 x 28 cm, oil paint and pencil on canvas

30 x 30 cm , oil paint and pencil on canvas

On the Inner side of- 30 x 30 cm, oil paint and pencil on canvas

Let me Give You an Example- 30 x 30 cm, oil paint and pencil on canvas


Running Almost Simultaneously -  40 x 30 cm, oil paint and pencil on canvas