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MAGAZINE OF THE ASSOCIATION FOR THE PROMOTION OF CROATIAN ART AND INTERCULTURAL DIALOGUE JAM

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TAJČI ČEKADA DINO DEVIĆ

HRVOJE BIELEN

ANITA GENC

JENNIFER BOWER

PLAYROUND

ALFONS PRESSNITZ

LOMOGRAFIJA STJEPAN ŠANDRK

KREŠIMIR ZADRAVEC SLAVIMIR STOJANOVIĆ


contents STJEPAN ŠANDRK: Ivana

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JELENA MILETIĆ: Infinite repetition

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ANTON VRLIĆ: Glass cities

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ANTONIO ROSETTI: Wish you were here

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ALFONS PRESSNITZ: Anywhere, located unworded

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TOMISLAV OSTRMAN

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MIRON MILIĆ: Cornered

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SLAVIMIR STOJANOVIĆ: Exhibition of posters

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TAJČI ČEKADA

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KREŠIMIR ZADRAVEC

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ANITA GENC

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MAGNOLIJA

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MARGARETA MILAČIĆ

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DINO DEVIĆ

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GORAN KNEŽEVIĆ

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PLAYROUND

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MUZEJ ULIČNE UMJETNOSTI

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JENNIFER BOWER

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LAIBACH

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LAUBA

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THE EDITOR’S LETTER

editor's note What you have before your eyes is the first English edition of the awesomest art magazine from Croatia. In this number we have presented the best of what contemporary art had to offer in the last year and a half. Our mission is to present artists from Croatia or those that bring their exhibitions to Croatia to the entire World. In time we have noticed that people dislike visiting exhibitions and performances because they are too often presented in a serious and very distancing way. That’s why everything we write will not only inform you, but more importantly and hopefully amuse you. Being an artist is especially fun in Croatia, if you don’t like eating or buying new clothes. Sometimes prominent art societies give you the opportunity to present your work to the public, but by the time that happens you probably are too anorexic to care. National media also appreciates artists: when they are naked or involved in criminal acts like smuggling sausages from Germany in paintings or large quantities of red color in ketchup bottles. By this time you might ask yourself: why the English edition? Why should I even care about artists from some country I never even heard of, and is probably bordering with Iraq? People around the world complimented our design and general visual awesomeness™ of the JAM magazine, but they also wanted to be able to understand the articles accompanying those amazingly cropped images. Also, we have covered some non-Croatian-speaking artists, who were curious if we had glorified or defamed them. (Un)fortunately for them, now they know. You should make a healthy habit of following our magazine because by now you have surely met at least one Croat, and he was most probably and artist or more likely a con artist. ENJOY JAM

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STJEPAN ŠANDRK: Ivana location: Kontura gallery web: http://www.stjepansandrk.com What is so special about photographs of some girl in her bikini, you might ask. And we might answer: these are not photos as one might think skimming over them. So if you’re a sucker for hyperrealism, Stjepan has a thing or two to show you. And by two things we don’t mean those wet female attributes on which your dirty mind focused. Okay, maybe we do, but it’s also important to acknowledge the passion and the artistic ability this young Croatian painter brings to canvas.

“Hyperrealism is a genre of painting and sculpture resembling a high-resolution photograph. Hyperrealism is considered an advancement of Photorealism by the methods used to create the resulting paintings or sculptures.” SEPTEMBER 2011

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JELENA MILETIĆ: Infinite repetition location: ULUPUH gallery e-mail: zmajjm@yahoo.com If you name your exposition “infinite repetition” people will usually expect a lot of the same, which translates into boredom. But when those repetitive pieces construct oriental dragons boredom is exactly what you will not find. These ceramic beasts, brought to life by the capable hands of a young Serbian sculptress lacked only fire gushing from their mouth. Also, we had the honor of being lead through the exposition by its own author, who we hope will stay this repetitive for at least one more dragon age.

Interesting fact: in Croatia there are two indigenous types of dragons: Pragon – the legendary pus dragon and Magic dragon – a mythical drug comprised of tobacco and herbs. SEPTEMBER 2011

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ANTON VRLIĆ: Glass cities location: Gliptoteka HAZU web: www.antonvrlic.com Modern architecture has a trendency™ to lean more and more on usage of glass and steel as its main constructive materials. But what would happen if we took away the steel? Well, the whole thing would crumble while a myriad of glass shards would massacre the entire neighborhood. Okay, so we need to size down this potential disaster. And add some colorful lights for taste. Now we’re talking. These miniature cities were certainly eye-candylicious. Now if we could only bring back the steel. For chaos’s sake. The idea of real-sized cities of glass was banned across the entire World after being pressured by the Internet Mafia. They realized the entire Internet would become obsolete if free porn was just one look away.

Architect Mies van der Rohe once said: “Each material has its specific characteristics which we must understand if we want to use it.” SEPTEMBER 2011

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ANTONIO ROSETTI: Wish you were here location: Zvonimir gallery web: http://www.stjepantafra.com/author/antonio-rossetti Some of our dear readers, those more inclined to frenetically erase their browsing history after every session, could have been unpleasantly surprised if this set of photographs had been named “water sports”, but that’s literally what they are – sports under water and also people just having a ball under the pool surface or just being underwater hobos. And because cash earned by selling these wet-wet-wet photos is intended to help people inflicted with autism, we see no reason for you to miss this opportunity of having your walls refreshed with something blue, while level-upping your karma. Eternal damnation is your other choice. Just so you know.

Autism is a disorder of neural development characterized by impaired social interaction and communication, and by restricted and repetitive behavior. These signs all begin before a child is three years old. Autism affects information processing in the brain by altering how nerve cells and their synapses connect and organize; how this occurs is not well understood. SEPTEMBER 2011

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ALFONS PRESSNITZ: Anywhere, located unworded location: Austrian Cultural Forum web: www.alfonspressnitz.de Entering the office of the Austrian Cultural Forum we melancholically sighed in regret that we are no longer the part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The office not only looked great but its walls were also decorated with these fine paintings. And the staff was nice and didn’t call security the moment we entered, as it’s customary in Croatia. The theme was always interesting, and today, with all signs pointing to the inevitable Apocalypse, extremely popular and somewhat provocative – the downfall of mankind with nature taking back the planet we so naively thought we controlled. It wasn’t really a surprise that these images of watery Armageddon came from the beautiful homeland of the second most famous Austrian and the strongest governor (take that Jesse Ventura!) in the World.

While drinking beer in a local pub, Viktor Frankl had an enlightenment: “When we are no longer able to change a situation - we are challenged to change ourselves.” SEPTEMBER 2011

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TOMISLAV OSTRMAN location: Gallery of Children of Croatia Fund web: http://www.ostrman-art.com Sometimes miracles happen and one stumbles upon an exposition which is neither overpretentious nor you have to have a master’s degree in art history and philosophy to even begin to understand it. Introduction was written in Human (a language despised by professional introduction writers) and successful in installing smiles on the readers’ faces rather than to try to belittle them with quasi-Latin. The author and visitors knowledgeable of the dress code all came in stripy sailor T-shirts. Good thing we didn’t dress as prostitutes this time. Also, kudos to Tomislav for making this a charitable event - a part of the funds raised by selling his paintings was directed to the Children of Croatia Fund.

From “From My Corner” blog: “There are people who think that spreading positive energy can teach, that phrases, words or sentences, which create the positive energy exist. That’s not the case. Energy, positive or negative, is within a human being. Nothing can come out from a man which isn’t already there. To spread peace, we must first fill ourselves with peace. To spread joy, our hearts must be joyful. Otherwise, even words of greatest comfort will sound as an attack from the mouth of a dissatisfied man.” SEPTEMBER 2011

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MIRON MILIĆ: Cornered location: HDLU gallery web: http://www.wooloo.org/artists/12258 This was one of those rare expositions that made you scream “mooore!” The theme was simple – wild (or just deranged-looking) animals stare at your soul and direct threatening messages your way. Honey bear isn’t so honey anymore when explaining that your limbs will soon become a bloody pulp. A clear message directed at the most destructive animal. We eagerly await the next set of images, the one with cute, little, fluffy animals. See how you feel when a baby squirrel threatens to dance the Lambada on your family tomb. “But my family is still alive?!” Still. Let’s discuss that in an hour.

“The fear of certain wild animals attacking the humans, in folk and scientific literature, has been turning them into embodiments of evil and misfortune for centuries” SEPTEMBER 2011

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SLAVIMIR STOJANOVIĆ: Exhibition of posters location: Croatian Designers Society web: http://www.slavimir.com/ “Posters? For theater shows? Well, that sounds as interesting as watching CSI Antarctica. Oh, all right...” With unprecedented quantity of enthusiasm we entered the small room of Croatian Designers Society and started ogling these posters. Their simplicity was stunning. Almost no elements, structure, dynamics. Just a line here and there. Our left eyebrows are an inch above their usual position. And then something really rare happened: the author himself spoke about his own work, the state in the designer and art world, with simplicity and passion. Slavimir is the most acknowledged and award-winning Serbian designer and has showed that art needs no deep explanations or digging to the deepest hell-pits of philosophy – either you like it or not. We did.

“Insert any Wikipedia quote related to posters here. Try to be creative about it and mail us. Best and most original quotes will get thank you e-mail from Wikipedia’s attorney team.” SEPTEMBER 2011

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JAM If you are looking for cooperation and/or advice, contact us at:

udrugajam@gmail.com Folow our blog:

http://udruga-jam.blogspot.com You can get a lot of things from us: from the tips for organizing exhibitions and project space in the magazine, to advertising for yourself or your work (if you’re a plumber, a dentist or something like that, we believe that you are looking for the right things in the wrong place), and many other things. While we all suffer from acute acrophobia, we like to say that only the sky is the limit. We are also ready to help you find the right artist or collaborator for the right job, if you want Michelangelic painted walls and family portraits. Of course, all of this will cost you a 0 (zero) Kunas. Or tens of thousands of Ariary Malgascio. If we are to believe the current rate, that is the same.

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HRVOJE BIELEN

HRVOJE BIELEN web: www.hrvoje-bielen.com When someone finishes Middle School of Art and Design, and later makes MA in Design as a first-generation graduate web designer, it is expected that this person will be perfectly trained, full of enthusiasm, creativity and often “between jobs� as long as he retains an unhealthy habit of looking for work in Croatia. Hrvoje is no exception to any of the statements above, which perfectly describes the state of creative industries in Croatia, but he is an exception when it comes to imagination, creativity and visual cleanliness of his work. The reader might think that we are writing these hymns because Hrvoje threatened us with one of his virtual guns which are able to send us to the web oblivion, but that is simply not true - a call for help, which we are sending right now, is just a joke. JOKE!

(This sentence is here to confirm that while writing the article about Hrvoje Bielen neither the members of the editorial board nor any rare and protected animals were harmed or roasted.) SEPTEMBER 2011

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TAJČI ČEKADA

TAJČI ČEKADA web: http://www.tajcicekada.com In the words of the immortal V.D. Trollexsander (information available to JAM’s editorial staff): “One men’s junk is other men’s art.” Tajči embraced the philosophy of the art known as “Trokutism” and treated us with the fantastic avant-garde designs entitled “Still Life” and “Acrylic on Canvas.” In preparing her garments she used materials such as jaundice (not the disease from a family of hepatitis, but the interior upholstery for chairs), bones, feathers, conch shells, dried grass, moss, orange, hair and teeth. After her fashion show in Rijeka, a reduced number of homeless people on the streets was noticed. When she’s not playing the role of Rijeka’s version of Jack the Ripper, she is participating in projects such as Ivana Režek’s “12 Visions”. When she is not presenting her creations around Europe she is creating clothes for Croatian musicians. This year her creations could have been seen at the exhibition of young and fresh members ULUPUH.

“Avant-garde represents a pushing of the boundaries of what is accepted as the norm or the status quo, primarily in the cultural realm. The notion of the existence of the avant-garde is considered by some to be a hallmark of modernism, as distinct from postmodernism.” SEPTEMBER 2011

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KREŠIMIR ZADRAVEC

KREŠIMIR ZADRAVEC web: http://kresimirzadravec.daportfolio.com Until recently we thought Krešimir was a professional who would not hesitate to visit the World’s conflict zones just to take that one perfect shot. Unfortunately, photographing editorial where JAM personnel was having intercourse with goats on the mountain slopes was evidently too much even for him. Excuses like “my lomo camera is sacred” and “Marina P. (information available to JAM’s editorial staff) won’t allow me” did not diminish our disappointment in the attempt to enrich the first magazine centerfold. Goats were also sharing our disappointment, but we were not disappointed with the barbecue that followed. Krešimir was not invited, with the excuse “Well, we thought you were a vegan.” Despite the professional lapse, Krešimir bravely picked up his digital camera and headed for the new photographic campaigns: this time he found inspiration in everyday situations and passersby, which resulted in an excellent series of photographs called “The Locals”.

Dorothea Lange once said: “I saw and approached the hungry and desperate mother, as if drawn by a magnet. I do not remember how I explained my presence or my camera to her, but I do remember she asked me no questions. I made five exposures, working closer and closer from the same direction. I did not ask her name or her history. She told me her age, that she was thirty-two. She said that they had been living on frozen vegetables from the surrounding fields, and birds that the children killed. She had just sold the tires from her car to buy food. There she sat in that lean-to tent with her children huddled around her, and seemed to know that my pictures might help her, and so she helped me. There was a sort of equality about it.” SEPTEMBER 2011

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ANITA GENC

ANITA GENC web: http://www.anitagenc.com To say that Anita is merely a wall painter would be a complete understatement. What she does to the innocent white surfaces will not be described in detail on these pages, because we refuse to end up in the ninth circle of Dante’s Inferno. Walls are her canvas: big white places whose size is the envy of any aspiring painter. With her incredible skills and imagination she is able to fulfill her clients’ every wish and desire. Her father was fresco restaurateur and painter, so it is not surprising that she is continuing family tradition in her own way. In the beginning she was painting walls only for her friends, but her hobby soon turned into fully fledged business. Anita was soon noticed in public media, yes we know it’s hard to believe it, but she was the first to do it in Croatia. In her work, she uses imported paints, resistant to humidity, and with high degree of pigmentation. Price? Slightly more expensive than the traditional wall painting while the result is far more impressive and interesting.

“I don’t want to restrict myself only to painting of living spaces, but to extend the trend of converting the walls to joyful images in business and public spaces. In my spare time when I am not painting the walls, I produce visual identities, logos and business cards, and draw sketches and suggestions for future customers. My greatest reward is when I see satisfied customers.” SEPTEMBER 2011

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MAGNOLIJA

MAGNOLIJA web: http://tiffanyudruga.hr What attracted us to Magnolija were these beautiful lamps and the flair of the crazy twenties, but we couldn’t help to acknowledge and be saddened by one of the classic injustices of the Croatian market, where imported products (in this case Chinese fakes) are being confused and sold in place of the real art. Magnolia is an association whose members are involved in designing and creating objects using the Tiffany technique, which consists in shaping of flat objects, figures and forms by merging the small pieces of colored glass. The glass is connected by soldering tin on the copper surface, in order to get the bronze alloy junctures. This technique is based on the stained glass technique, developed in the late 19th century and it is one of the most important parts of the artistic expression of the Art nouveau period.

“Architects, sculptors, painters, we all have to return to the craft, because there is no such occupation as art. There never was significant difference between the artists and craftsmen. Therefore, let’s establish a new guild without class differences that build an artificial wall between craftsmen and artists.” SEPTEMBER 2011

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MARGARETA MILAČIĆ

MARGARETA MILAČIĆ When we say “sculptor” most of us imagine a muscular, angry, hairy man with gentle facial features (because he is an artist) with the crazy look in his eyes and a big hammer (so-called “Warhammer”) in his hand. We can imagine him as he slowly and dangerously approaches the stone, while his right arm tingles in anticipation of the first hit of ecstasy. Margaret Milačić is missing all the above attributes (except for aforementioned hand tingle). Nevertheless, she is the only sculptress that we had the honor of presenting on these fine pages to date. Although we thought that the time of statues was over because there are fewer people who have space in their homes for huge chunks of stone, the statues are still found in yards, or being pushed into the arms of bad actors, which are also tingling in ecstasy while receiving the statue. Busts and Michelangelic monuments and sculptures are rarely ordered nowadays, but like any artistic expression, the sculpture can still send a message and serve a purpose, at least as a sizable hatrack.

As Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni wrote: The flesh now earth, and here my bones, Bereft of handsome eyes, and jaunty air, Still loyal are to him I joyed in bed, Whom I embraced, in whom my soul now lives.

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DINO DEVIĆ

DINO DEVIĆ web: www.hrvoje-bielen.com One of Dino’s specialties is wall painting. We are presenting here his other specialty, and that is pencil-drawn photo-realistic portraits of famous (and not so famous) people. We will not bore you about how awesome his art is, instead we will share with you a little bit of his personal history. Dino had the passion for drawing on the walls and notebooks from his earliest days, which was the reason why he was expelled many times from school and hunted by the cruel Zadar police. Years later, he tried to tickle their fancy and redeem himself by drawing the most popular Croatian policeman and a former member of parliament, Mirko Filipović. As we in JAM always say: “He who draws the Cro Cop cannot be a bad person.” His flirting with the lawlessness was forgiven and now the same policemen pursue him to paint their homes and taverns, of course under the watchful eye, because the wolf changes his hair, but not his nature.

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GORAN KNEŽEVIĆ

GORAN KNEŽEVIĆ Few years ago, doctors in some rural areas of Great Britain were so poor they were forced to change vocation and became plumbers. They said it was the only way to pay their bills. Goran did the opposite: he left the secure and well paid job as tinsmith, and replaced it with visually more acceptable, but very low paid job of an artist. As an artist he merged his two great passions: the one for working with metal and the one for portraits. Let us describe his normal workday: after the morning fray for metal scraps with local Gypsies and drinking morning coffee with a glass of homemade brandy, Goran is ready to start his working day. He will punish the iron like a modern Hephaestus, armed with tight muscles, a metal grinder and full of artistic anger. If he messes up, his work can be used as beautiful fence. Goran altruistically gives his awesome works to charities, while his unusual genius is recognized and well received in Croatia and abroad.

I’ve been doing this job since I was five, I started to work with my late father, I am 45 now, which means I have been doing this job for 40 years. SEPTEMBER 2011

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PLAYROUND

PLAYROUND web: http://hr-hr.facebook.com/Playround.rings Artist who hides herself behind the pseudonym “Playround” can often be seen in local toy stores. There, she is fighting with her neighbors’ children for the last box of Legos containing the plastic shark. Shark is later used as part of a jewelry she makes. The destiny of her rings is not to end up in the depths of Mordor, but as an eternal toy for any modern Hobbit. Author says about her work:”Playround was created as logical continuation of my obsession with internet shopping, a need for a hobby and my desire to start to wear rings. I always considered rings as a great accessory, but I didn’t like what was usually offered in stores: rings decorated with cheap stones were not my cup of tea, because I like multicolored and unusual accessories, so the fact that I can now literally have a cup of tea on my finger makes me extremely happy. The process of creating rings was hastened when I rediscovered in my cellar a huge box of Legos which was my brother’s and my main preoccupation when we were kids. Poached egg in a frying pan, pink laptop, cup of coffee with cream, sewing machine, cupcake on dotted platter, miniature Bible... can you think of anything cuter to decorate your fingers?”

V. P. from Facebook comments: In Turkey there is a saying when you make or cook something nice. They say : “Gold to your hands” - thats so totally true for ya!

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STREET ART MUSEUM

STREET ART MUSEUM: Branimir Street organizer of competition and event: Street Art Museum web: http://www.muu.com.hr photographer: Ognjen Karabegović There was always something cool in destroying the walls of your beloved city. You were breaking the law, thus ensuring to have sex with who ever saw you doing it, and you were ensuring your own immortality in the ways it has been done since caveman first stamped his colored arm on the cave wall. Founders of Museum of street art want to “form a more coherent street art scene in Croatia, and raise people awareness about street art and its esthetic, cultural and social value.” One of the actions taken by the Museum to enliven the gray and dull streets of Zagreb was to organize painting of the wall in Branimir Street. After reviewing many applications, the jury selected the best artists for the job. Their works still adorn the wall that separates the railroad from Branimir Street.

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JENNIFER BOWER

JENNIFER BOWER web: http://www.jennifernoelbowerillustrations.com Jennifer is one of the most pleasant virtual friends one can have, and when she agreed to the idea of combining her two passions – poetry and doodling – an amazing art-merging happened. So amazing that we’ve neglected the fact of her being too lazy to learn Croatian and decided to give her a second applause in this international version of our magazine. But why did all those birds deserve such a horrible fate? Well, according to Hitchcock they did some pretty messed up stuff, but more importantly they did even dirtier deeds to the hood of Jennifer’s Volvo. Never mess with a girl’s ride. PETA inexplicably refused to accept this poem as their new anthem.

“I dabble daily in the dark art of inking with Sharpies while crafting characters, one line at a time. My work shows up in the most random of places.” SEPTEMBER 2011

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Kamikaze Birdsongs by Jennifer Bower

A divine wind blows from the east carrying migratory birds, straying. On a cloudless September day, the world appears windowless in a city that scrapes the sky with towering images mirrored, expanding a mirage of trees and clouds tempered in the glass. An avian slaughterhouse - when window hits break backs and wings, killing songbirds by the thousands. Their impacts, fossilized in ghostly chalk lines splayed, wait for next month’s window washing. Some die in a stone cold drop to the ground. Others pitch and wheel in panic’s shifting vortex, sucking toward some pressing swell with unflappable wings open and upward. Heaven draws nearer as the earth pulls closer. Precariously perched on sill-less windows, they survey their double bind looking for perspective and vanishing points, a place to tip over the edge in hopes defatigable winging. They have lost their course in the ash plumed light choking back red, hot and surly. The only way out is down. Hovering ever higher, clinging to life their plumage, dressed and tied, flaps like the wings on baby birds preparing. Finally they brave the jump and fall. Featherless renders them flightless. and lacking locomotion for gliding the wind howls through their hands like a hula dance, telling a story. Twisting and twirling, nearing velocity terminal, the wishbones in their chests rise and fall with the cadence of different bird songs calling. Whistling down each is distinctively screaming. In the morning, hollow boned remains are gathered by bucket loads while vigilant scavengers, red-tailed and hawking, glide the killing zone no longer hunting for prey. SEPTEMBER 2011

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LAIBACH

LAIBACH: Ceci n’est pas Malevich location: HDLU gallery web: http://www.laibach.nsk.si Without too much bothersome and googleable information: Laibach is a Slovenian group of artists, a kind of Marilyn Manson of the Balkans, except their controversial views and performances complement the philosophical and political propaganda, which is sadly not suitable for MTV fan-girls. They say about themselves: “We are fascists as much as Hitler was a painter.” In any case, loved or despised, the events with their signature are never boring. What has marked this exhibition? Numerous journalists in pursuit of sensations, some completely unnecessary posing next to the politically safe exhibits (no one had the courage to publish a photograph of the glass with a swastika, or a picture of Hitler at the parade), so all that controversy remained hidden to non-visitors, deep inside the round walls of HDLU. Our only complaint concerns the unbearable noise they decided to create in the acoustic nightmare called the Barrel Gallery. Therefore, for the second time we had to give our medical bills to HDLU director Gaella Gottwald.

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LAUBA

LAUBA location: showroom of Lauba, Baruna Filipovića 23a, Zagreb, Croatia e-mail: info@lauba.hr web: http://www.lauba.hr Without too much pomposity and bullshitting, with minimal defamation in the media, the first real competitor to Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) in Zagreb opened its door to the public. The difference was apparent from the very beginning: at the opening everybody ate and drank and waited for the opening speech, unlike the MCA, where the commoners were freezing while politicians and other animals posed in cozy interior. The collection of Lauba is small, but with noticeable visual quality, without unreasonably inflated names, and without exhibits that just don’t belong there. Of course that we, eternal malcontents, in the spirit of two elderly men from the Muppet Show balcony, must say: there are some things we really don’t like, but that’s more a matter of personal taste. It’s ridiculous to compare the small Lauba (ex-stables) with the concrete monstrosity of MCA, but we have noticed that the collection was better and more meaningful, more interesting artists were presented, and it generally gave a more realistic view of contemporary art in Croatia. Additionally, there is no entry fee and Lauba is always open to any and all sorts of cooperation.

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LOMOGRAPHY

LOMOGRAPHY Although Croatia is very easily mistaken for some former part of ex- Eastern block, sadly, it never was. If you are asking yourself: “Is there a reason to be emo about it?”, then you don’t know the first thing about lomography. Basic Lomo cameras were available exclusively to low paid denizens of oppressive communist countries and were one of the Eastern block’s best kept secrets. Even today, KGB is proud of that accomplishment. Lomo cameras arrived in Croatia pretty late, but they were readily accepted by amateurs, professionals and hipsters. We (awesome JAM personnel) always liked those cheap and unpredictable effects that Lomo cameras always readily produced, so here are some of the best photos we have seen so far. And remember: ”Don’t think, just shoot”.

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Editor in chief and graphic editor: Juraj Vuglač

Image editing: Branimir Hrvoj and Ana-Marija Vukres Writers: Branimir Hrvoj, Ana-Marija Vukres, Juraj Vuglač, except quoted articles (in italic and between “quotation marks”). Thank you Wikipedia for all the borrowed quotes! Front page cover: Krešimir Zadravec Photos: Branimir Hrvoj, Juraj Vuglač, Ana-Marija Vukres and Ognjen Karabegović. Featured artists provided their own photos. Magazine of the Association for the promotion of Croatian art and intercultural dialogue JAM number 18, year II; all right reserved. Don’t steal our shit without letting us know first, because we pay One Cent for every time you quote us to little Mehmed from Turkmenistan who wants to prove his blood relation to Barack Obama.

JAM 18 international edition  

Greatest Croatian art magazine finally in English! Read about the latest and the awesomest in Croatian art and design. Good till the last pa...

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