50/50: New Prints 2015/Winter opens next week - January 15, 2015!
Place of Residence: United States
Date of Birth: 1969
For a number of years now, my work in printmaking has been about storytelling, sequential and nonlinear narrative, and most importantly, about fashioning persuasive graphic imagery which can be both accessible and ambiguous at the same time. I always work in series, and develop plots by engaging and reinventing a stock of similar images and motifs. I try to create situations which are tenaciously obvious, so as to provide a readable context in which different stories and emotions can be communicated, but also inexplicably indeterminate, as to create scenarios which otherwise may not be possible.
Enigmatically political, these prints imply stories from personal and social histories, referencing themes of memory, displacement, cultural and environmental shifts, migration, and alienation that are both magnificent and apocalyptic. The images and phrases suggest wisdom, absurdity, contradiction. The placement of real and invented words, the use of saturated hues and graphic imagery reminiscent of youthful whimsy and political disillusionment contribute to the situations which make these images hover between the real and the fictitious, the rational and the absurd.
Endi Poskovic earned his graduate degree in fine arts at the Sarajevo School of Applied Arts in 1986. He received a music diploma at the Sarajevo Principal School of Music in 1987 and a B.F.A. at the Sarajevo Academy of Fine Arts/University of Sarajevo. From 1990 to 1991 he enrolled in post-graduate studies at Minnet Fondet in Norway and finally earned his M.F.A. in 1993 from the State University of New York, Buffalo. Currently, Poskovic is an associate professor and Directory of the Printmaking-Digital Arts Program at Whittier College.
Poskovic has participated in individual and group shows at over 250 venues. These include major international, annual, biannual and triennial exhibitions. Poskovic has also shown prints throughout the United States and abroad.
In addition, Poskovic has been honored with over 70 awards including grants and fellowships from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Camargo Foundation, MacDowell Colony, Art Matters Foundation, Kala Art Institute, Valparaiso Foundation, Jerome Foundation, Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Flemish Ministry of Culture-Frans Masereel Center, Norwegian Government-Memorial Foundation, New York State Council on the Arts, Indiana Arts Commission, and Blue Mountain Center, among many others. His work is also represented in over 100 public and university collections and Poskovic has been a visiting artist at over 30 universities in the United States and abroad.