manifest international drawing annual 2007 exhibition-in-print
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Dragana Crnjak
Boardman, Ohio

Youngstown State University

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The process of drawing for me implies recording, diagramming my thinking and language in an attempt to understand the ubiquitous interweaving of past and present, memory and tangible reality.

I am drawn intuitively to the ideas of the uplifting but still fragile energy of a new beginning, a sense of levitation, the transitional moments of becoming and vanishing. The forms and shapes, resembling architectural features
of a house, fence as well as stones, sticks, bones and flies, imply transitional moments of growing and developmental processes. Resembling both monumental and microscopic visions, the suggested structures often struggle with their own stability -- it is unclear whether the structures are being built or destroyed.

Narrative is important as both a source and metaphor in my work and suggests the process by which I
layer visual information in order to imply situations such as a conflict or a play. The presence of shadows in
the areaswhere they are unexpectedevokes absence. Leaving the works to exist in between pictorial and
abstract, they emit the feelings of uncertainty, playfulness and absurdity.



born: 1977, Bosnia


Virginia Commonwealth University, MFA/Painting, 2004
The University of Akron, BFA, 2002

selected awards/honors

Individual Excellence Award, Ohio Arts Council, Ohio, 2008
1st Place, Drawing No Conclusions, The Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, Grand Rapids, MI, 2006
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellowship, Richmond, VA 2004

selected solo or two-person exhibits

Kent State University Trumbull Campus Gallery: Villages, Warren, OH, 2008
The Art Institute of Boston: New Works on Paper, Boston. MA, 2007
Kathryn Markel Fine Arts: What I talk About When I Talk About Love, New York, NY, 2007
Page Bond Gallery: Houses and New Events, Richmond, VA, 2006

selected group shows

Kent State University,School of Art Gallery: Drawing Invitational, Kent, OH 2007
Allegheny College, Bowman and Penelec Galleries: 8 Hour Project, Allegheny, PA, 2007
Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts: Drawing No Conclusions, Granbd Rapids, MI, 2006
Eastern Oregon University, Nightingale Gallery: Village, La Grande, OR, 2006

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