Photo Credit: Maria Diaz Carrillo (Mt. SAC Photography Student)
Ornithomancy is the ancient practice found in numerous cultures around the world of reading omens from the actions of birds.
Bits of whimsical starlit fantasy and magical realism are interspersed among the rubble of a bleak industrial wasteland in artist Vojislav Radovanović's solo exhibition, Ornithomancy, on view August 25 – September 29, 2022 at Mt. San Antonio College’s Diana Berger Art Gallery. The exhibition explores the ways in which knowledge of natural phenomena and life’s assorted mysteries are communicated indirectly through the observation of other species – in this exhibition, specifically birds – and the inherent fallibility of our limited perspective.
Radovanović's hope is to open a dialogue into the direct influence of humans – both negative and positive – on natural cycles and the environment. He explores the complicated relationship of humans with other species, including the problematic and anthropocentric nature of our interactions with animals.
Radovanović creates new mythologies based on fragmented elements of historical narratives, reinterpreting these myths through altered memories and personal experiences. Birds have appeared in the artist's work throughout his oeuvre, frequently working as metaphors for the expression of freedom, concepts of borderless territory, human migration, and the communication of hidden knowledge.
The works in Ornithomancy are from the artist's recent series of two-dimensional mixed-media work on paper, canvas, and wood, synthesized using several site-specific installations. Created in the last two years, much of the work in Ornithomancy is being publicly presented for the first time. Come, explore.
Exhibition Dates: August 25 – September 29, 2022
Opening Reception: Thursday, August 25th, 4-8pm
Artist Talk: Thursday, September 8th, 1pm
To RSVP for an event and to schedule an exhibition tour, please email Phoebe Millerwhite
Online Exhibition: https://www.mtsac.edu/artgallery/
General Information: (909)274-4328
Gallery Hours: Tuesday & Thursday: 1:00-4:00pm
Location: Building 1BC-10 - Free and open to the public
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