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ISSN 1409-6900 | UDK 82+7     Blesok no. 98 | volume XVII | September-October, 2014



                     Peer-reviewed journal
Blesok no. 98September-October, 2014
Gallery Reviews

The Future of the Past

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Aleksandra Zinovski-Vilić

Cvetanka Jovanova is author – typographer and painter who behind herself has solid art opus. This exhibition presents rounding of one creative period of about thirteen years dedicated to the old Macedonian architecture.

Central motive in her works is the old Macedonian house with its characteristic elements: windows, gates, oriels. In the cycle Jovanova chooses per one house from several cities in Macedonia (Ohrid, Krusevo, Novo Selo – Strumica region, Kratovo, Debar, Kumanovo, Veles and Stip) and at the same time from them she creates compositions with personal experience with mark of the author and artistic approach consistent to one new transposition of the motive into massage. They are shaped in one especially expressive painting manner so at the same time they present to us the specifics of the old Macedonian architecture in complete. The houses are condensed, scattered, narrow and/or high, depending of which part of Macedonia they belong to, at the same time creating ambiences of something past, but this time, through the dynamic compositions they speak for their present presence, inspirational possibilities and more noble approach.

Why the house as a topic? The house almost always is connected to the memories of the childhood, youth, the countenance of the home, but also, the fear through its destruction, abandoning, forgetting not to be forgotten and past. With the act of painting of the old run-down houses, Jovanova tends to preserve them. Through her picture she gives personal contribution within the frames of memorizing of what was our history.

The presentation is composed of three segments. The first is composed of eight canvas worked in oil technique. The selection of large format (160x240 cm.) enables Jovanova to feel free in the expression. The white space of the canvas she “attacks” with pain structuring the memorized landscapes that she wants to mark on it. With the spatula as main tool she deposits the certain, strong and pre composed gestures. The colors of her paintings proclaim one connection with the colorfulness of the painted landscapes. The coloring in numerous shades is moving from strong yellow, orange and red up to blue. Working at the same time on more canvas in front conception are set the houses and with them the composed imagined settlements, while with the passing of the color in the back conception and partial passing of separate composition elements is achieved connection of the presentations on the paintings

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