Monday, November 06, 2017

Showing at SOFA EXPO with Gallery 19
Navy Pier, Chicago November 2-5th, 2017


I visited the SOFA Expo on Friday; the size of the fair, number of exhibiting galleries and works shown were truly overwhelming. I am happy my Chicago gallery, Gallery 19, selected my work for the first year of participating at the EXPO. It is pretty unusual to have ones work under the same roof with pieces by Warhol, Picasso, Calder, Dubuffet, Leger, and even ancient Egyptian, Cycladic, Greek and Roman artifacts!

Here are some images from my visit, with Gallery 19's booth #222, as well as some other works I found interesting.

Monday, October 30, 2017

The SOFA EXPO 2017 at Navy Pier is opening in three days, and I am excited to have my pieces shown there with Gallery 19.

*Ana Zanic; Reverie I,II,III, 30"x30", watercolor on Ampersand Claybord, 2" deep panel
Here is their announcement;
Join Gallery19 for our debut at SOFA, the Sculptural Objects Functional Art and Design Fair held in Festival Hall on Chicago’s Navy Pier!
The fair, which has continuously run since 1994, features more than 80 national and international galleries. More than 35,000 people attend annually to view, buy and soak in the best new artwork these galleries have to offer. We are honored to be among these fine establishments and are looking forward to promoting the work of our Chicago-area artists.
Gallery19 will feature artists Max Sansing, Kathy Weaver, Ana Zanic and Su Yang as our primary focus for this fair. Max Sansing, who grew up on Chicago’s South Side, will premier his newest series of basketball backboard paintings. The artist, who uses his own past as inspiration, paints subjects that represent a strong and hopeful new generation. Kathy Weaver’s beautiful and shocking piece titled “Toxic Game” is a patchwork of airbrushed, torn and sewn paper depicting the cleanup efforts after the Fukushima nuclear disaster in 2011. Ana Zanic’s ethereal watercolors are a slow build of dynamic lines and washes. The artist’s work is both controlled and accidental. Su Yang’s expressive ink drawings depict the “New Style” of Chinese art, which melds both Eastern and Western aesthetics.
Gallery19 will be in Booth #222. SOFA’s opening night is Thursday, November 2nd from 5-9pm. Regular fair hours are Friday, November 3rd – Saturday, November 4th from 10am-7pm, and Sunday, November 5th from Noon-6pm.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

New Work @ Markel Fine Arts and 

I have lately been focused on the elongated scroll-like horizontal work.
I feel in them a stronger connection to the landscape, a sense of expansion, but there is also a certain feeling of comfort this wide format brings to me.
Below are a few new works from this series, that are arriving today at Kathryn Markel Fine Arts, NY.

*from top to bottom "Origin" watercolor on paper 32"x55", 20"x55", 20"x55"

I am currently getting ready for the Chicago SOFA Expo, that will run November 2-5th, where I will be showing my watercolors on panel (images coming soon), through Gallery 19, booth #222.
I will be one of four artists whose work Gallery 19 will feature, along with works by Max Sansing, Kathy Weaver, and Su Yang.

And lastly, I wanted to mention about this summer's issue of Art in America magazine; as the issue was this year's directory of galleries and museums in the US, I was super-excited when I saw my New York and Denver galleries listings, along with my name on their lists! Thank you, Kathryn Markel Fine Arts, and Walker Fine Art!

Monday, July 10, 2017

Once again, I AMerican
curated by Sergio Gomez

Argonne June 28, -September 15, 2017
opening reception July 12, 2017 4-6 pm

This Wednesday, July 12th, is the opening of the I AMerican at the Argonne National Laboratory. This exhibition was first displayed in 2014 at the Water Street Studios, in Batavia, where I used to have my studio, and the show has been traveling since then.
I am showing my ceramic installation “Gathering” as well as two of my “Origin” watercolors.
The exhibit aims to explore the intricate meaning of being an American from the eyes of a variety of artists of diverse cultural experiences.

My here exhibited vessels are a fraction of a larger body of work united under a single title "Gathering". 
These pieces are deeply rooted in my reminiscence of childhood, and the place of my hometown Vinkovci, in Croatia, where I used to spend weekends at my grandparent's house. To me these vessels are both a connection to my childhood and homeland, as well as in a way, a recreation of the time past. 

The city where I was born, Vinkovci, in Croatia, is rich with archeological findings. Many of these are intricately engraved ceramic vessels from the Vučedol culture, one that resided there from 3000-2200 BC.  Additionally, down the street from our house lived an old potter whose entire garden was covered with masterful and simple vessels. I remember often watching him work and procuring some clay to play with. My everyday exposure to these various ceramic objects – the ones I saw in the museum and the ones from down the street alike, created in me a sense of continuity, and connection with the soil.
Once I had moved to the United States, eleven years ago, these childhood memories started becoming more vivid and a sense of broken connection replaced the previous feelings of continuity and familiarity.

For me, the act of creation of these small vessels, very primal and intimate, as well as the process of their accumulation, evokes my childhood and is a reflection of an underlying search for reconstitution of what is familiar and comforting.

Here is what Sergio Gomez, the exhibit’s curator says about it:

"The “I AM American Exhibition” is not a single perspective on immigration or ethnicity. Instead, using a variety of styles, visual forms, symbols and metaphors, each work provides a wide angle view into the bi-cultural experience.
Some of the artists are first-, second- or third-generation immigrants. Others can trace their heritage back to the Native American Indians. In that sense, this non-literal exhibition on the American experience provides the viewer with ample room for conversation and personal interpretation.
Some works directly approach the theme of identity, while others delve into other subjects related to the American experience. Ultimately, this exhibit explores the meaning of being “American.”"

Friday, April 28, 2017

Denver, CO

Opening Reception: Friday, April 28, 2017, 5-9pm

First Friday Reception: May 5 & June 2, 2017, 5-8 pm

Exhibit Runs Through: June 17, 2017

Image on the cover - Ana Zanic,"Return to Origin", watercolor on panel*

Tonight is the opening reception of "Metaphors", the new exhibition at Walker Fine Arts, in Denver. 
I am exhibiting my watercolors on panel, and here is a little preview of the installation of my work, along with the beautiful gallery space at Walker.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Prairie State College

Here are a few images from the last night's opening reception of "Organic".
I had a great pleasure of showing my work alongside the work of artists Karen Ami, Renee Robbins, and Allison Svoboda. Curated by the Christopher Art Gallery Director and artist Beth Shadur.

From the Gallery's Announcement:

"Prairie State College is hosting “Organic,” an exhibition of works using shapes and forms that are biological and uses nature as a source of inspiration. The exhibit will be on display from Monday, Nov. 7 through Thursday, Dec. 8, in the Christopher Art Gallery, located on the college’s main campus at 202 S. Halsted St. in Chicago Heights.
The exhibit will feature works by Karen Ami, Renee Robbins, Allison Svoboda and Ana Zanic. The artists use their imaginations to create forms that do not directly illustrate but more subtly suggest, naturally derived shapes and forms such as those found in the living world.
“Each artist has a passion for curves, elongations, sinuous lines and fluidity,” said Gallery Director Beth Shadur. “Their works elicit our sense of the fragility of the natural world, and yet its infinite ability to endure,” she added."

Here from left to right Renee Robbins, Ana ZanicAllison Svoboda, and Karen Ami.

Friday, September 09, 2016

"Fluidity", review by Christopher Cudworth:

Zanic swoop 
Occasionally I see the work of another artist and feel compelled to tell the world about it. And while Ana Zanic of Geneva is doing quite well for herself with paintings now featured in shows that include galleries in Chicago, New York, Denver and Baton Rouge, that does not mean one cannot add to the discussion.
I first met Ana Zanic back in 2013 when she was working as a Resident Artist at Water Street Studios in Batavia. Our family purchased one of her paintings and it hangs in my home to this day. Her recent show Fluidity being show at the Fermi National Accelerator gallery is an expansion on all that she is doing with her watercolors. The work is on display in the second-floor gallery of the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory through September 16.
Fluidity demonstrates why Zanic’s work is drawing so much national attention.Her paintings range from the intimate in size to the ultimate in spatial expression with watercolors. Grouped under categories such as Origins, Nebula and Arcadia, each passage suggests a thought process. Yet there are no confining qualities to her work that limit the viewer’s ability to explore and use their own imagination.
Her largest works in the show are stunning in size. Encountering watercolor paintings that stand taller than a human being is uncommon in this world. But that is the point. Her six-foot tall watercolors force one to stand back for a wider look yet draw the viewer close to see what else is going on within these organic forms.
Zanic must either possess a very broad brush or is able to sweep the flow of a watercolor glaze using other means. Her large paintings consist of washes fully one foot across that are drawn in washes similar in form to a Mobius strip. Infinity thus exists on paper. She uses this format to create space and then enhance it with wet-in-wet methods that suggest landscape or plant forms, woods or valleys.

      Zanic watercolor.jpg 

Suggestively, these same shapes could well be the processes that invented and expanded the universe, and from within these massive forms come Zanic’s textural commentaries. Tiny drawn figures seem to vacillate between material forms and energy. Sometimes they appear to be forests emerging from the earth. At other times, they seem to convey a population of thoughts or recollections. This is what makes her work so pleasing, accessible and yet mysterious at the same time. To complete this journey from thought to form, she has also created a series of pottery pieces that bear the same conversational inscriptions.
Work like this enables viewers to get lost in very personal worlds of visual appeal and contemplation of the process that led to its creation. The title of the show Fluidity could be taken as a literal comment about a watercolor show. Yet there’s more to it than that, because every watercolorist knows that creating paintings is a process of both anticipation and happy mistakes. Every inch of surface becomes its own palette when watercolor flows across the surface. This becomes a conversation and some points even an intellectual argument in which delicacy and force of will are in constant engagement. The drips, runs and expansions all play a role in this universe created by a watercolor goddess.
Her special command of materials is best demonstrated in her ability to create tension and excitement through use of edges, which Zanic employs in work to define positive and negative shapes. In between she celebrates gauzy wonderment in the wet and marvelous world of water, pigment and paper.
Her works in the Origin series bear suggestions of geology or topography. Yet they could just as easily be considered in the context of space and time. One wonders if the physicists at Fermi have been wandering through this show considering the subatomic worlds they explore, which could very well be similar to the world of watercolor and the paintings of Ana Zanic.

  Zanic watercolor too.jpg 

It is high time that all of us come to grips with the fact that the world is not a “paint by number” place. Physics and evolution demand that knowledge. We also now know there is space between all matter and dark matter beyond that. We even have the ability to shoot neutrinos through the earth.  As it turns out, the pigment of our vision exists as much by force of imagination as it does in reality.
And Ana Zanic paints that space between. That is how (and why) the watercolors of Ana Zanic call us to consideration of all that we see. It may well be more realistic to depict the world in abstract terms than it is to attempt a direct copy of it. In this regard, the setting for the show Fluidity at Fermilab is perfect. It stands to expand your concept of the world and what you see around you.
The Fermilab Art Gallery is on the second floor of Wilson Hall. It is free and open to the public Monday to Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Sign in a the Wilson Hall atrium reception desk. The show will be displayed through September 16.

*Images courtesy of Christopher Cudworth