Art in General is pleased to present its current Eastern European Residency Exchange Artist Ivan Mesek.
Ivan Mesek (Croatia, b. 1971) uses performance, intervention, and constructed situations to reexamine notions of gesture, perception, and social communication. Often using his own body as a stage or a site, Mesek’s work explores the space between art and the everyday, the area between the private and the public, and the pressing, essential questions of social and human relations. By subverting ordinary situations, Mesek inverts the traditional relationship between spectator and subject, examining how temporary dislocation can showcase the complex meaning inherent in our day-to-day life. For his residency at Art in General Mesek has created a series of performances, each an insertion into the everyday urban milieu.
Homesick (2011) takes an ordinary scene from another landscape and transposes it into a new terrain. Staged in both industrial North Brooklyn and in the streets of Manhattan’s vibrant Chinatown, Homesick is a public intervention; an unexpected action in a place inscribed with different expectations. This contradictory transfer of meaning directs attention to the forms our social exchanges take, allowing for a reexamination of the relationship between performance, gesture, and everyday practice.
About the Artist
Ivan Mesek has performed and exhibited at venues including The Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb; Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Rijeka; Galerija Miroslav Kraljevic, Zagreb; Multimedia Center Luka, Pula and The Croatian Art Society, Varazdin. This will be Mesek’s first performance in the United States.
The Eastern European Residency Exchange Program is made possible by the Trust for Mutual Understanding, The Pollock-Krasner Foundation and the Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation.
General support of Art in General is provided by General Tools & Instruments LLC; the Lambent Foundation Fund of the Tides Foundation; Abraham and Lillian Rosenberg Foundation; public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, celebrating 50 years of building strong, creative communities in New York State’s 62 counties; National Endowment for the Arts; Ralph E. Ogden Foundation; public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; Bloomberg; ConEdison; The Greenwich Collection; Cowles Charitable Trust; Foundation for Contemporary Arts; and by individuals.