Nine White Paintings

art & illustration

Danica Firulovic is a Sydney-based artist who has recently created Nine White Paintings—an ultra-minimal series exhibited at the Galerie pompom. Restrained and quiet, the works articulate overtones of white, to create compositions that are obsessive of repeated rectangular forms.

Nine White Paintings reflects Firulovic’s continuing preoccupation with symmetrical, repetitive, pre-formulated, and purified painting. Through a delicate layering of white, the works embrace symmetry to suggest a geometry of the senses. These layers painted on linen become visible at close range and can disappear entirely when photographed.

The work questions the placement and meaning of a painted surface, and what it means to steadily engage with it, in a fast-paced digital world. The series reflects a continuing dialogue with Minimalism and draws impetus from literature, such as the deliberate repetition in Gertrude Stein’s work, and from the work of 20th Century artists such as Kazimir Malevich, Mark Rothko, Josef Albers, Agnes Martin and Robert Ryman.

In 2009, Firulovic completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts/Arts at the College of Fine Arts (COFA), and in 2013 a Master of Art Administration at UNSW Art and Design. In 2018 Firulovic was a finalist in the Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship, and the Hornsby Art Prize.

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