Tihana Karlović: Clouds | 

Herman Pečarič Gallery, Piran | 

29th of August 2020 – 15th of November 2020

At her first solo exhibition at the Piran Coastal Galleries, Tihana Karlović presented a selection of unique graphics and artist books, created in the last years under the title Clouds. The exhibition is a sign of international recognition that was awarded to her after winning the special prize of the 54th edition of Ex-Tempore Piran dedicated to U35 artists with the drawing Yesterday.

As the explanation of the award mentions, “Through her contemplative drawing and the perforation of the surface, she created a subtle image of minimalism that concentrates into a sublime image of perfectionism. The minimalist treatment focuses on an image of her memory, which is strongly associated with elements of the landscape.”

Even after a rapid glance to the exhibited works, the author's familiarity and acquaintance of modern guidelines and digital technologies are noticeable. In her creative process, she is guided and directed by extremely personal feelings, experiences, and reflections on the archetype and on the universality of nature: its continuous change, elusiveness, and indestructibility, which becomes its intimate metaphor and the symbol of the mysteriously subjective and indefinite universality of human psyche. The result is her multifaceted interpretation of the subject – a series of variations of the graphic techniques or a combination of these, which she refines in some instances with meticulous drawings and external interventions. In the creative process, the author stylizes and transforms a motif or a detail, opening new points of view and interpretations to the spectator. This process also allows him to have intimate contemplative states, achieving the greatest possible expressive effect. Simple and pure artistic signs are aligned with the events of primordial human nature and become – sublimated into the author's recognizable poetics ̶ a newly visualized and sensitive psychogram of the artist Tihana Karlović.

Tihana Karlović (1985, Rijeka, Croatia) graduated in 2010 with a thesis on Art and Spiritualism at the interdisciplinary degree of theology and philosophy at the Catholic Theological Faculty of Zagreb at the Department of Theology in Rijeka. In 2011 she graduated from the Department of Graphics with prof. Maja Franković at the Academy of Applied Arts in Rijeka, majoring in art pedagogy. In 2014, she completed another one-year postgraduate study of interdisciplinary graphics at the Eugeniusz Geppart Academy of Fine Arts in Wrocław (PL). She worked as an assistant at the Academy of Applied Arts in Rijeka. She has had several solo exhibitions and participated in group exhibitions in Croatia and abroad. She has received several awards and recognitions: the Rector's Award for the best student of the Rijeka Academy, the Scholarship of the Republic of Croatia for Excellence, the W. Koshatsky Art Award, the youth award at the 54th International Painting Ex-tempore Piran and the first prize at the Ex-tempore Grisignana / Grožnjan. She masters the field of classical graphics, including the technique of woodcut, drawings and, since 2009, the Artist's Books. She is a mentor to many graphic workshops (in 2020, woodcut workshops at MGLC Ljubljana). Since 2019, she works as a freelance artist. She lives and works between Rijeka and Lokve in Gorski Kotar.

The exhibition is accompanied by a bilingual catalogue written by Nives Marvin, the curator of the exhibition.