Tender Anatomy, July 12 – August 17 at Packer Schopf Gallery

Opening Reception: Friday, July 12th, 2013 5-8pm
Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 11am-5:30pm
Free and Open to the Public

Packer Schopf Gallery 
942 West Lake Street, Chicago, IL 60607

Sprouting vertebrae, multicolored intestines, and floating ribs appear in Tender Anatomy, a solo exhibition of works on paper by Chicago artist Vesna Jovanovic. On display at Packer Schopf Gallery in July/August 2013, this work evokes scientific illustration as Jovanovic combines spontaneous inkblots with delicate renderings of plants, human organs, and architectural forms.

Tender Anatomy straddles the line between fact and fiction, inviting the audience to reach beyond the physical body. Squirmy and intuitive, these drawings personify Jovanovic’s visceral responses to unfamiliar environments and experiences. In one instance, she describes how “the dry air, strong sunlight, smoke plumes, and various other environmental factors affected my body as I explored the high desert near Santa Fe.” The foundation of this beautifully layered work is spilled ink on paper, a material that generates unpredictable shapes reminiscent of human entrails.

With a background in science, Jovanovic worked in research laboratories early in her career. This is her first solo show with Packer Schopf Gallery.