Robynne Limoges / London Comments - The 3 Nines Arts
ECAD Gallery Address:
71 Consort Road
Peckham, London SE15 3SS
Opening and Artist's Talk: 30 Nov 2018 6.30pm-9.00 In conversation with Michael Barnett, Editor of magazine STATE/f22.
They will be discussing Karlovac's photobook, 'Before Winter'
Exhibition Dates: 30 November 2018 - 18 January 2019 (Tues-Sun 3pm-7pm)
Eugene Codjoe met the lyrical, high contrast black and white photographs of Olga Karlovac, on the Twitter portal. As he investigated her work, he realised he had an opportunity to give exposure to one of Croatia's rising stars. He contacted her to invite her to show at his gallery, ECAD Gallery. This will be her second exhibition there.
The gallery is fairly new, and Codjoe's objective is to curate and promote emerging artists. New photography galleries are few and far between in London, so keep this one in your diary notes.
About her exquisitely produced book 'Before Winter', Karlovac writes, "There are times in our life that we are presented a beauty in the mundane and see it transformed into the beauty from inside the photographer. The eye, heart and mind of both the photographer and the viewer meet hand in hand, in the photos presented in front of the eye, and hopefully an understanding becomes clear. This is one of those times."
This exhibition focuses on Karlovac's work from a previous autumn, arising from her deeply felt, slightly uneasy, connection with the darkening days of autumn, days not yet frozen by winter She creates an atmosphere that suggests a psychological solitude, a mysteriousness. The photographer is particularly interested in urban solitariness, the figure moving or standing among emptying streets, partially revealed, sometimes partially concealed from the viewer, resulting in images that are strong, minor-key pensive abstractions.
Karlovac's images show dramatic intersections of very low values with partially bleached and sometimes completely obliterated detail. The power in her work resides partially in the fact that she knows the eye does not require many physiological clues in order to 'read' the human figure, to feel its energy and to construct an emotional narrative. The style is energetic with faces blurred, light streaked, architecture and vignettes shot through the interference of glass, her camera on slow shutter speeds with the hand moving in concert with her thoughts.
The solitary figure is an attractive subject to many photographers, whether in muted, misted landscape or high light/shadow relief, walking away from the viewer or paused in motion, within a public space but not interacting, as though held in the aspic of very private thoughts. Karlovac's interpretations of this theme, of the season that lives on the edge of loneliness, are moving, elegiac and make for essential viewing.