January 9 – February 14, 2015
Opening Reception: Friday, January 9th, 2015, 6-9pm
Venue Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 11am-5:30 pm
Free and Open to the Public
(Chicago, IL) — Packer Schopf Gallery is pleased to present Foreign Bodies, a solo exhibition of large-scale anatomical drawings by Chicago-based artist Vesna Jovanovic. These giant drawings on Yupo hang like scrolls and depict objects that have entered the body accidentally and intentionally, surgically and aesthetically: a moth enters an ear canal, surgical screws hold together a hip bone, batteries float along a stomach lining, and a breast implant hovers behind mammary tissue.
In this new body of work, Jovanovic continues to use chaotically splashed ink with meticulous cross-hatching in pencil. Influenced by phenomenology and medical ontology, and using scientific illustration as a point of departure, Jovanovic opens up the corporeal threshold to investigate what it means for something to be situated in the body, whether foreign or familiar.
With an additional background in science, Jovanovic worked in research laboratories early in her career. This is her second solo exhibition with Packer Schopf Gallery.
About the Gallery: In September 2006, Aron Packer joined forces with William Schopf to open Packer Schopf Gallery in the thriving West Loop gallery district in Chicago. Over the years the gallery focus has shifted from folk art to contemporary art, curating compelling work that is both a little obscure and idiosyncratic.
About the Artist: Vesna Jovanovic is the current artist in residence at the International Museum of Surgical Science. Her work has been widely exhibited and can be found in collections in the Chicago area and beyond. Images of her work have been featured in Science News and Time Out Chicago; and on numerous blogs including Discover Magazine; Seed Magazine; and Art:21.
Moth (Detail), 2013, 80″x60,” Ink and Graphite on Polypropylene
Sewing Button (Detail), 2013, 60″x80,” Ink, Graphite, and Gouache on Polypropylene