Garvey|Simon is pleased to present J Ivcevich: Trail of Mystics, an immersive multimedia exhibition showcasing the artist’s most recent paintings, sculptures, and sound design. This all-encompassing sensory experience is a meditation on the intersection of the deep past, present, and looming future. The exhibition opens on Thursday, May 4th, with a reception on Thursday, May 10th from 6-8pm, and closes on June 9th.
In his most recent multimedia installation—an extension of his 2014 Shreds series—J Ivcevich creates a well spring of temporal tension. Drawing upon his training as a sociologist, as well as his extensive international travels, Ivcevich blends innovative drafting technologies with traditional artisanal craft to manufacture his abstract paintings, totems, and mask-like sculptures. Found-wood bases, designed by their own organic decomposition, are topped with fabricated metallic reliquaries, and an engineered sound score emanates from ritualistic, vacant masks. What Ivcevich perceives to be the contradiction of the present is evident in the construction of the work itself. His aesthetic opposition calls attention to the ancient past that is active at the core of modernity.
Ivcevich points to the artifacts of global urban environments as the inspiration for Trail of Mystics. The painting, Untitled (Silver Blue Mandala), 2018, encapsulates his interest in time and meditation. Drawing from images of layered and tattered street advertisements, Ivcevich begins by manipulating his canvas’ surface with tie-dye and silkscreen techniques. He then layers paint, resin, and found materials on top of the canvas, mimicking the accumulation of his source material and creating a pictorial historical document. The reductive quality of his turquoise and stone-gray patterning lends a tranquility to the painting. Untitled (Silver Blue Mandala) is at once old and new, chaotic and meditative.
Trail of Mystics reaches across temporal, culture, and technological boundaries to create an experience of timelessness and quietude. By converging these oppositional forces, Ivcevich excavates a space for the present.
J Ivcevich received his Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Emory University, Atlanta, GA in 1994. He then spent the following decade working as a music producer, DJ, and record label creative director while pursuing an independent art career. Ivcevich was the recipient of the Pollack-Krasner Grant in 2001 and was featured on the cover of New American Paintings in both the Southeast and Northeast. He has had solo exhibitions in Indianapolis, Washington D.C., Chicago, Atlanta, and Memphis and exhibited in group shows in New York, Berlin, Providence, San Francisco, and Boston. Ivcevich’s work is also included in the collection at the Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis, IN.