The first solo Iowa art show by Endi Poskovic is currently on view at the Des Moines Art Center


Captions like “The Revolution Arrives,” “Souvenirs of America,” and other allusions to Americana might suggest social commentary by the Bosnian-born artist.

But Poskovic, an associate professor of art and art history, has said his work is not particularly political and that he is not interested in giving the audience all of the answers.

He is interested in giving clues though.

“By Latinizing the language, I’m allowing the viewer to read it without obstacles yet challenge their habitual notion of reading,” said Poskovic. “It helps them to contextualize the work.”

Poskovic began creating prints using woodblock prints in 1996, after specializing in more modern printmaking techniques for years.

The woodblocks are cut using traditional tools. No electrical instruments are ever used.

A smaller 12”x17” block of plywood takes about a month to carve. The large 34”X66” blocks can take a year to complete.

Poskovic says he produces five or six images every year.

After studying music and art in Europe, Poskovic moved to the United States. Poskovic graduated from State University of New York-Buffalo with a master of fine arts degree.

Poskovic has taught at California State University-Long Beach and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

His work has been shown internationally at galleries and museums in Australia, Germany, Spain, South Africa and Cuba.

Poskovic has taught at Whittier College since 1997.

The exhibition ends February 4, 2007.

Des Moines Art Center

Professor Endi Poskovic can be reached at eposkovic@whittier.edu.

To learn more about the Art & Art History major, visit the Art & Art History Department.

 

 

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