Spinello Projects Announces Solo Exhibtion:
L O V E L I K E T H E U N I V E R S E — by Sinisa Kukec
Opening Reception on Valentine’s Day, Thursday, February 14, 7 PM – 10 PM
‘Alas…most are concerned with the illusion…
NOW LOVE WITH IN YOU
LOVE WITH OUT YOU NOW.’
– Isha Rose Servitus
‘L O V E L I K E T H E U N I V E R S E :
The Collected Social Media Writings of Isha Rose Servitus’
Trans. Sinisa Kukec
Like legendary humorists Benjamin Franklin, Ambrose Bierce, and Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., the keen wisdom of contemporary author Isha Rose Servitus is revealed in a series of brief axioms: samples of literal, profound observations regarding the world at large and the nature of human compassion resident in creativity. Contemporary society has become fond of the art of literal reduction: news, opinion, observation, and testimony is whittled down to the soundbite or a limited series of characters on a screen. Literacy, itself, has imploded from eloquent expressions in novel or epic form into digestible notations, or simple nuances to those antiquated written masterpieces. Native to Croatia and currently Miami-based, Sinisa Kukec channels these overwhelming questions into mysterious aesthetic objects coating soft, hand-crafted found elements with heavy, industrial surfaces.
Kukec’s interest in discarded or obsolete items, often within the realm of a ‘lost-to-found’ sensibility is transformed into aesthetic conversations between things both beautiful and betrayed, delicacies and the disregarded. Printed copies of
L O V E L I K E T H E U N I V E R S E will be present in the gallery space. Servitus’s writings act as both an inspiration and a catalyst for Kukec’s sculptural experience: from flesh-toned icosahedrons intertwined with Mongolian faux fur, to vintage stereo portals covered with graphite-rubbed epoxy, and ergonomic steam-bent poplar ribbons in seemingly suspended algorithms. Writers, scientists, and philosophers such as David Foster Wallace, Richard Dawkins and Daniel C. Dennett are counted among Kukec’s influences, all addressing issues of human interaction and biological impulses leading to creative and/or compassionate acts…or vice versa.
L O V E L I K E T H E U N I V E R S E
is an investigation where Kukec draws upon these influences in a spontaneous, free-flowing process.
L O V E L I K E T H E U N I V E R S E
is a cosmic, yet human melodrama: an infinite gravity well of everything.
Sinisa Kukec was born in 1970 in Zagreb, Croatia. He received a Diploma of Fine Arts from the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg and his MFA from Alfred University (Alfred, NY). Solo exhibitions of Kukec have been held at the Redux Contemporary Arts Center (Charleston, SC), The Clay Studio (Philadelphia, PA), The Palm Beach Institute of Contemporary Art (Palm Beach, FL) and The Archie Bray Foundation (Helena, MT). Kukec has presented work at group exhibitions in The Miami Art Museum New Works 2013 exhibition, South Korea, Japan, The Netherlands, China, New Zealand and the United States. Kukec was the recipient of The Evelyn Shapiro Foundation Fellowship from The Clay Studio in 2001 and 2002, the 2004 recipient of Canada Council for the Arts’ Emerging Artist Grant in 2004, and the 2011 MasterMind Award sponsored by the NewTimes Broward-Palm Beach. Residencies include ‘L’HOSTE Art Contemporain (Arles, France), The European Keramics Center (ʻs-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands), International Workshop at the Toya Ceramic Studio (Yeoju, South Korea) and the Anderson Ranch Arts Center, (Snowmass Village, CO). Kukec lives and works in Miami.
Spinello Projects is a contemporary art venture based in Miami founded by Anthony Spinello in 2005. Spinello Projects prides itself in exhibiting intelligent works of art in every conceivable medium by local emerging artists. Over the course of six years, Spinello Projects has become a playground for unorthodox and experimental artists not easily placed into the confines of a traditional gallery space. Its mission: to initiate groundbreaking change in Miami’s cultural landscape and beyond, shaping into a formidable contender in the global contemporary art world.