Ljerka Njerš, New Series ceramics, glass, silk
On June 9, the Josip Račić Studio of the Modern Gallery will see the opening of an exhibition of the work of the doyenne of Croatian art ceramics, Ljerka Njerš. The show will present a selection of the recent works by the artist: ceramo-plastics made according to a distinctive ancient firing technique known as obvara, as well as fusion glass and paintings on silk created in the last two years.
The text accompanying the exhibition has been written by Dr Željka Čorak.
Ljerka Njerš, who took a degree in painting at the Zagreb Academy of Fine Arts, having been trained by the most distinguished Croatian artists, the final touch being given by Marino Tartaglia, has always nevertheless heeded the call of ‘different’ materials. Not canvas, and not paper, those neutral supports although she could and did range over them with sovereign ease, with a great talent for drawing and a propensity for colourism. The real challenge, to which she has been responding the whole of her life, was the relation of pure and applied or use art. The pure is offered on a plate, the use is translated to the super-utilitarian level. The ancient history of firing earth, ceramics, porcelain, and then glass and textile, silk, has found a distinctive and idiosyncratic chapter in the work of Ljerka Njerš. The exhibition in the Račić Studio will show her vital presence at this time.
Foto: Marko Čolić