Morphology of Cyclic Phenomena
January 20 – March 4, 2017

Opening Reception: Friday, January 20th, 2017, 5-9pm
Venue Hours: Saturdays 12-4pm and by appointment
Free and open to the public

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Press Release

Vesna Jovanovic, IUD, 2014(Milwaukee, WI) — Greymatter gallery is pleased to present Morphology of Cyclic Phenomena, a solo exhibition of three large-scale drawings by Chicago artist Vesna Jovanovic. These giant renderings on Yupo hang like scrolls and reference medical illustration while depicting charged objects that enter the body through various elective medical procedures; an IUD rests in a uterus, a vocal prosthesis is embedded in a throat, and a breast implant hides behind mammary tissue.

In this new body of work, Jovanovic combines chaotically splashed ink with meticulous cross-hatching in pencil. Influenced by phenomenology and medical ontology, Jovanovic opens up the corporeal threshold to examine individual liberty, autonomy, and bodily integrity as manifested in the human form.

With an additional background in science, Jovanovic worked in research laboratories early in her career. This is her first solo exhibition in the Milwaukee area.


About the Gallery: Greymatter gallery is an artist-run space operated by Rachel Quirk and Zina Mussmann who recognize that artists are a driving force in culture. They believe in the power of artists to build new institutions through the power of collaboration. Their goal is to be a part of this dialogue by working with local and national artists in organizing diverse and thought provoking exhibitions.

About the Artist: Vesna Jovanovic is a Chicago-based artist who specializes in conceptualizations of the human body. Her work has been widely exhibited and can be found in collections in the Chicago area and beyond. Images of her work have appeared in Science News and Time Out Chicago; and on numerous blogs including Discover Magazine; io9; Seed Magazine; and Art:21. She recently spent two years as an Artist in Residence at the International Museum of Surgical Science in Chicago.

IUD (Detail), 2014, 80"x60," Ink and Graphite on Polypropylene
Voice Prosthesis, 2016, 80"x60," Ink and Graphite on Polypropylene

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Vesna Jovanovic, Voice Prosthesis, 2016


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