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Jelena Berenc
updated: 10/15/2013
website: www.jelenaberenc.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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1,000,000 : 1
book of all, 10000 things
self limitation, circle, 40hr piece
body drawing
reading
11929 self-portraits
limited view of a self-portrait, 1 km drawing
05/22/10/01/03/11
balance
left – right marks
passing
I is them
life:death
10000 of them
100,000 dots, Human heart beats about 100,000 times in one day
 
Portfolio Keywords:  psychological, obsessive, meditative, identity, portraiture, conceptual, figurative, repetition, process
 
 
1,000,000 : 1 by Jelena Berenc
1,000,000 : 1
pen on paper
2005
129 " x  60 " 
book of all, 10000 things by Jelena Berenc
book of all, 10000 things
ink, watercolor, pencil, charcoal on paper
2010-
9 " x  6 "  x 40 " 
self limitation, circle, 40hr piece by Jelena Berenc
self limitation, circle, 40hr piece
pencil on paper
2004
67 " x  23.25 " 
body drawing by Jelena Berenc
body drawing
ink, pencil, charcoal washes, pastels, shellac on paper
2008
8.5 " x  11 " 
reading by Jelena Berenc
reading
pencil on paper
2009-
Dimensions variable
11929 self-portraits by Jelena Berenc
11929 self-portraits
ink fingerprints on paper
2008
60 " x  24.5' " 
limited view of a self-portrait, 1 km drawing by Jelena Berenc
limited view of a self-portrait, 1 km drawing
mixed media
2004
2.25 " x  3,281' " 
05/22/10/01/03/11 by Jelena Berenc
05/22/10/01/03/11
pen on paper
2011
8.5 " x  9 " 
balance by Jelena Berenc
balance
pen on paper
2008
68 " x  20 " 
left – right marks by Jelena Berenc
left – right marks
pencil on paper
2009
5 " x  5 " 
passing by Jelena Berenc
passing
pencil on paper
20011
46" " x  18' " 
I is them by Jelena Berenc
I is them
pencil on paper
2009
68 " x  11 " 
life:death by Jelena Berenc
life:death
pencil on paper
2010
68" x  30" 
10000 of them by Jelena Berenc
10000 of them
ink, watercolor, and pencil on paper
2009
75 " x  36.5 " 
100,000 dots, Human heart beats about 100,000 times in one day   by Jelena Berenc
100,000 dots, Human heart beats about 100,000 times in one day
pencil on paper
2013
68 " x  30 " 

Artist Statement

My work is a study and documentation of existence, of life itself. Three parallel studies have been conducted, being a Being, They am I, and being.

The first study, being a Being, explores re-experiencing and analytically perceiving fundamental self-existence. Drawing is used as a means by which I attain self-existence. Drawing is an activity of being oneself, by which one’s true essence is realized; a self-revelation. Through drawing, through this state of being oneself, one experiences oneself as the passivity of the self being given to the self. This naturally leads to an observation and analysis of one’s existential experiences. Definite conclusions are not necessarily an objective here. Rather the intention is to consciously experience the experiencing self, thus to document one’s morphological and internal existence.

Since Being is a superposition of many modes of being, one can and should only be explained by understanding all of one’s modes.  Considering that one must live through or experience that which is to be understood, my artwork is empirically constructed through exploring these different modes of Being; from instinctive physical functions to immanent introspections.

 The second study, They am I, focuses on outer influences of self-existence. Different modes of self-Being are explored by analytically observing the effect and level of impact of others on the personal Being and its existence. Past Beings, together with present ones, determine our own Being through the everyday exposure to their existence. We are what others are. To what extent is what is analytically documented and measured.

 The third study, being, is a documentation of existence. It is simply being in life. Being is a continuous state of passing. This series documents/marks this passing of time/life and being in it.

 

 

 

Artist Bio / CV

Education:
THE SCHOOL OF THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO, Chicago, IL, MFA : Painting and Drawing, 2000-2002
THE SCHOOL OF THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO, Chicago, IL, BFA : Painting and Drawing, 1998-2000

 
SOLO EXHIBITION
2011            Washington & Jefferson College, Washington, PA

2010 Nightingale Gallery, Eastern Oregon University, La Grande, OR

2009 University of Wisconsin-Parkside, Kenosha, WI

2003 03/07/03 04/08/03, Contemporary Art Workshop, Chicago, IL

 

GROUP EXHIBITION

1/11 – 2/15/2009 Trace/Memory, Evanston Art Center, Evanston, IL

2008 Wall-to-Wall, Lexington Art League, Lexington, KY

2007 7th Biennial Exhibition, A.I.R. Gallery, New York, NY

Curated by Connie Butler, Chief Curator of Prints & Drawings, MoMA

2005 Drawn to Drawing, Betty Rymer Gallery, Chicago, IL

2003 SOFA Chicago 2003, Chicago, IL

2002 Gallery 2, Chicago, IL

2002 New Talent 2, Contemporary Art Workshop, Chicago, IL

2002 MFA Show, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

2002 1+1+1=1, Open End Art, Chicago, IL

2000 Spectrum of Solutions, A.T. Kearney, Chicago, IL

2000 Purveyors of Fine Art, Around the Coyote, Chicago, IL

2000 New Talent I, Contemporary Art Workshop, Chicago, IL

Awards:
GELMAN FELLOWSHIP 2002
FELLOWSHIP, SAIC 2002
HONORABLE MENTION, SAIC 2000
ZEPTER SCHOLARSHIP 1998
VERA LUBARDA’S AWARD 1997
THE BEST DRAWING OF BFA STUDENTS 1997
 
Publications/Reviews:
Art in America, June/July 2007, "Girls, Girls, Girls", by Carey Lovelace, p. 90
Visual Studies: A Skeptical Introduction, by James Elkins, Publisher: Routledge NY, 2003
SOFA Chicago 2003, The Tenth Annual International, Exposition of Sculpture Object & Functional Art Published in 2003 by Expressions of Culture, Inc., Chicago, Illinois