November 1, 2012

Emmanuel Student Shows Art from Summer Travel Fellowship

Emmanuel Student Shows Art from Summer Travel Fellowship

Emmanuel College art student Franko Kosic-Matulic '14 investigates the ways we think about navigating space in his print exhibition, Losing Direction, on display in the Art Department, located on the fifth floor of the Administration Building, through November 5th.

On view are six prints: three from the seven-piece series Boundary Monuments and three from the 12-piece series, Little Maps to Nowhere.

Kosic-Matulic was inspired to create the Boundary Monuments series during an intensive screen-printing program at Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore last summer. He attended this program - which met from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. each day for three weeks - through an Emmanuel College Summer Travel Fellowship Grant. 

"During the class, I talked to [instructor] Robert Tillman a lot about what maps really mean in terms of navigating space and how they're really about navigating yourself through space," said Kosic-Matulic. "I thought more about how these maps could lead me to places that weren't exactly physical space."

Kosic-Matulic used a process called "glitching" to infuse found photographs of a family's trip to the Hoover Dam with his own information in "Monument I." "Monument II" explores Kosic-Matulic's personal relationship to space; images of his body are combined with his downloaded Facebook data to form a background for maps of places he's lived. "Monument III," the largest of the three pieces, uses traditional map-making symbols to tell a more subjective history of cartography.

Kosic-Matulic's prints are dense and intimate, calling to mind the work of map artist Mark Bradford, who Kosic-Matulic calls an influence.

Little Maps to Nowhere began as part of Kosic-Matulic's final project for his printmaking class at Emmanuel, taught by Assistant Professor of Art Brian Littlefield. The three images are two-plate etchings - made by exposing copper plates to an acid bath - layered with silkscreened images abstracted from nautical maps, sometimes resembling living organisms. 

- Sam Nickerson '13