Zoran Starcevic

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Artist Statement

In countries around the world, there is a fascination with American life. I seek to demonstrate the experiences of life in this country through various vantage points. My work deals with culture, class, work, and money. I use art as a tool to forge new identity via confluence of the elements of my native culture with those of the West. In America, everything finds its way into the commodities stream, and my motivation as an artist lies in working within an established system while interrogating the very structure of that system.

I draw from various aspects of everyday life residing in America and cross-reference it with a history of growing up in Serbia. There is a sense of parallel between these two nations that exist in the same time but different time periods. They both are made up of immigrants that mutate and pass on information. I am interested in an aesthetic that forms around cultural stereotypes. Each economically broken country provides developed nations with new labor, talent, and types. In my work specifically, I explore the identity of undocumented, disfranchised, marginalized service industry people who are primarily left without a voice and border on or completely disappearing in the production apparatus.

While in Serbia in the 1990s, I held conflicting notions of what it meant to live the “American dream”. Fleeing a war torn country where government execution of opposition, police beatings, suppression of speech, and poverty are normal, and then coming to America on my own, has left me with a distorted image of self-expression.I have been profoundly influenced by war. The presence of war is not immediately evident in my work but rather in the attitude and materiality of a process of creating. In my work there is an ongoing interest in production and use of deceptive images of socialist propaganda, data profiling, Disneyesque advertisement, basketball culture,surveillance machinery, food fetish, culinary game shows.

 

 

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EDUCATION

2008 BFA, School of the Museum of Fine Arts/Tufts University, Boston, MA
2006 ProArts, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA
2004 Associates in Digital Media, Holyoke Community College, Holyoke, MA

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2015
Shop Show, Fine Art Frameworks, LIC, NY
Working Artists, Academic, LIC, NY
2014
Curated by Nolita, The Nolitan Hotel, New York, NY
Arts to End Violence, Ron Taylor Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Parallax Futured: Transtemporal Subjectivities, Skirball Museum, Cincinnati, OH
2013
NADA, NPR Bar, Know More Games, Miami, FL
2011
4th of July Show, Know More Games, Brooklyn, NY
2009
Folk Painting, Folk Art Center, Ashville, NC
Future Land South, Asheville, NC
2008
Rooftop Sculpture Show, Redemption Center, Brooklyn, NY
Painting Annual, Grossman Gallery, Boston, MA
2007
Material Drawing, GASP Gallery, Brookline, MA
dRAWING Show, Weems Center, Boston, MA
Exposure, Photographic Resource Center, Boston, MA
2006
Graphite plus Two, BF Annex Gallery, Boston
Sounding the Subject, Midway Studios, Boston, MA
2005
Film Annual, Remis Auditorium, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
2004
Film Annual, Anderson Auditorium, Boston, MA
2003
Darkroom Experiments, HCC Gallery, Holyoke, MA
Paintings, Canal Gallery, Holyoke, MA

AWARDS & SCHOLARSHIPS

Timothy F. Nichols Drawing Breath Award.
The Ann and Graham Gund Scholarship.

RESIDENCY

2014
Isabella Freedman, Falls Village, NY.
2006
AICAD: New York Studio Residency Program, NY, NY.

PROFESIONAL EXPERIENCE
2015- present
Daniel Lefcourt Studio, Artist Assistant, Brooklyn, NY
2012-present
Amy Henry Productions, Set Designer Assistant, New York, NY
2013-present
Fine Art FrameWorks, Art Technician, Long Island City, NY
2013
Paul Chan, Artist Assistant, Brooklyn, NY
2010-2013
Basil Restaurant, Chef de Partie, Brooklyn, NY
2009
Vadim Bora, Artist Assistant, Asheville, NC
2008
Center Street Café, Line Cook, Boston, MA.
2006-2008
Media Stockroom, Stockroom Associate, Boston, MA
2005
Jessica Stockholder, Artist Assistant, Boston, MA
2004-2006
Grossman Gallery, Exhibitions Assistant , Boston, MA