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TARWUK .deidit neeb sah tI .I tcA sa moor emas ehT, 2024

TARWUK
.deidit neeb sah tI .I tcA sa moor emas ehT, 2024
Watercolor and colored pencil on paper
Unframed:
11 5/8 x 8 1/8 in
29.5 x 20.6 cm
Framed:
15 x 12 in
38.1 x 30.5 cm
(MBNY T110)

TARWUK (.deb eht no gninael stis dna roolf eht no eldnac eht stup ehS .hctam a sekirts HTIDE, 2024

TARWUK
(.deb eht no gninael stis dna roolf eht no eldnac eht stup ehS .hctam a sekirts HTIDE, 2024
Watercolor and pencil on paper
Unframed:
11 5/8 x 8 1/8 in
29.5 x 20.6 cm
Framed:
15 x 12 in
38.1 x 30.5 cm
(MBNY T109)

TARWUK .abut sih ni swolb ,stips NOYMES, 2024

TARWUK
.abut sih ni swolb ,stips NOYMES, 2024
Watercolor, pencil and colored pencil on paper
Unframed:
11 5/8 x 8 1/4 in
29.5 x 21 cm
Framed:
15 x 12 in
38.1 x 30.5 cm
(MBNY T114)

TARWUK KLOSKLAS_'!relloT tsnrE ,thgin dooG', 2024

TARWUK
KLOSKLAS_'!relloT tsnrE ,thgin dooG', 2024
Mixed media
94 x 55 x 158 in
238.8 x 139.7 x 401.3 cm
(MBNY T118)

TARWUK KLOSKLAS_100setagorruS, 2024

TARWUK
KLOSKLAS_100setagorruS, 2024
Mixed media
72 x 57 x 59 in
182.9 x 144.8 x 149.9 cm
Dimensions variable
(MBNY T120)

TARWUK MRTISKLAAH_.uoy fo eno m’I ,rengierof a ton m'I, 2024

TARWUK
MRTISKLAAH_.uoy fo eno m’I ,rengierof a ton m'I, 2024
Acrylic, oil, pastel and pencil on canvas
96 x 72 in
243.8 x 182.9 cm
(MBNY T105)

TARWUK MRTISKLAAH_MRTISKLAAH_(.niaga krad si moor ehT .tuo seog dna ,dnah s'HTIDE morf sllaf eldnac ehT), 2024

TARWUK
MRTISKLAAH_MRTISKLAAH_(.niaga krad si moor ehT .tuo seog dna ,dnah s'HTIDE morf sllaf eldnac ehT), 2024
Acrylic, oil, pastel and pencil on canvas
96 x 72 in
243.8 x 182.9 cm
(MBNY T101)

TARWUK KLOSKLAS_snoisses nooM, 2024

TARWUK
KLOSKLAS_snoisses nooM, 2024
Mixed media
58 x 28 x 41 in
147.3 x 71.1 x 104.1 cm
(MBNY T119)

TARWUK .rehto eht ni egasuas dna daerb htiw etalp a ,dnah eno ni eldnac a ,snruter NIETS HTIDE, 2024

TARWUK
.rehto eht ni egasuas dna daerb htiw etalp a ,dnah eno ni eldnac a ,snruter NIETS HTIDE, 2024
Collage, acrylic and pencil on paper
Unframed:
12 1/8 x 9 in
30.8 x 22.9 cm
Framed:
15 3/4 x 12 1/2 in
40 x 31.8 cm
(MBNY T112)

TARWUK MRTISKLAAH_.selcatceps demmir-dlog hguorht maelg stekcos-eye sih dna ,lluks a sah eh daeh a fo daetsnI, 2024

TARWUK
MRTISKLAAH_.selcatceps demmir-dlog hguorht maelg stekcos-eye sih dna ,lluks a sah eh daeh a fo daetsnI, 2024
Acrylic, oil, pastel and pencil on canvas
96 x 72 in
243.8 x 182.9 cm
(MBNY T100)

TARWUK (.pu skrej gel siH .selkcunk sih htiw eenk sih spU .sgel sih sessorC .teknalb eht ffo sworhT .deb ni pu stis NOYMES), 2024

TARWUK
(.pu skrej gel siH .selkcunk sih htiw eenk sih spU .sgel sih sessorC .teknalb eht ffo sworhT .deb ni pu stis NOYMES), 2024
Watercolor and pencil on paper
Unframed:
11 5/8 x 8 1/4 in
29.5 x 21 cm
Framed:
15 x 11 3/4 in
38.1 x 29.8 cm
(MBNY T115)

TARWUK MRTISKLAAH_HTIDE (.revo selbmuts dna moor eht sretne NERØS ssenkrad eht nI .esuaP), 2024

TARWUK
MRTISKLAAH_HTIDE (.revo selbmuts dna moor eht sretne NERØS ssenkrad eht nI .esuaP), 2024
Acrylic, oil, pastel and pencil on canvas
96 x 72 in
243.8 x 182.9 cm
(MBNY T106)

TARWUK .klat ot eunitnoc tub seciov rieht gnirewol era yehT .ebut eht ni gniwolb si NOYMES erehw wodniw eht morf renroc tsrehtruf eht ot moor eht ssorca mih sllup dna woble eht yb NERØS sekat NIETS HTIDE, 2024

TARWUK
.klat ot eunitnoc tub seciov rieht gnirewol era yehT .ebut eht ni gniwolb si NOYMES erehw wodniw eht morf renroc tsrehtruf eht ot moor eht ssorca mih sllup dna woble eht yb NERØS sekat NIETS HTIDE, 2024
Pencil on paper
Unframed:
26 3/4 x 12 in
67.9 x 30.5 cm
Framed:
30 1/4 x 15 1/2 in
76.8 x 39.4 cm
(MBNY T116)

TARWUK .gnikaeps tuohtiw deb ni seil NOYMES .krad si tI, 2024

TARWUK
.gnikaeps tuohtiw deb ni seil NOYMES .krad si tI, 2024
Pencil on paper
Unframed:
14 x 21 in
35.6 x 53.3 cm
Framed:
24 3/4 x 17 3/4 in
62.9 x 45.1 cm
(MBNY T117)

TARWUK MRTISKLAAH_?og I llahs erehw - reraen lwarc ssenredliw eht ;derehtiw era seert eht ;em rednu selbmert htrae degartuo ehT, 2024

TARWUK
MRTISKLAAH_?og I llahs erehw - reraen lwarc ssenredliw eht ;derehtiw era seert eht ;em rednu selbmert htrae degartuo ehT, 2024
Acrylic, oil, pastel and pencil on canvas
96 x 72 in
243.8 x 182.9 cm
(MBNY T103)

TARWUK .ksed gnitirw sih morf repap dna nep a sbarg eH .wodniw eht ot sklaw dna deb eht fo tuo sehsur NOYMES, 2024

TARWUK
.ksed gnitirw sih morf repap dna nep a sbarg eH .wodniw eht ot sklaw dna deb eht fo tuo sehsur NOYMES, 2024
Watercolor, pencil and colored pencil on paper
Unframed:
10 1/4 x 14 1/8 in
26 x 35.9 cm
Framed:
13 3/4 x 17 1/2 in
34.9 x 44.5 cm
(MBNY T108)

TARWUK MRTISKLAAH_.rovivrus elos eht ;eert a ot dehsal dnuof erew uoY, 2024

TARWUK
MRTISKLAAH_.rovivrus elos eht ;eert a ot dehsal dnuof erew uoY, 2024
Acrylic, oil, pastel and pencil on canvas
96 x 72 in
243.8 x 182.9 cm
(MBNY T104)

TARWUK MRTISKLAAH_.em revo sehsa ot denrub ti dna esuoh a deretne I, 2024

TARWUK
MRTISKLAAH_.em revo sehsa ot denrub ti dna esuoh a deretne I, 2024
Acrylic, oil, pastel and pencil on canvas
96 x 72 in
243.8 x 182.9 cm
(MBNY T102)

TARWUK (.pu skrej gel siH .selkcunk sih htiw eenk sih spU .sgel sih sessorC .teknalb eht ffo sworhT .deb ni pu stis NOYMES), 2024

TARWUK
(.pu skrej gel siH .selkcunk sih htiw eenk sih spU .sgel sih sessorC .teknalb eht ffo sworhT .deb ni pu stis NOYMES), 2024
Watercolor, ink and colored pencil on paper
Unframed:
12 1/8 x 9 in
30.8 x 22.9 cm
Framed:
15 3/4 x 12 1/2 in
40 x 31.8 cm
(MBNY T111)

TARWUK MRTISKLAAH_noitarugifsnarT ehT, 2024

TARWUK
MRTISKLAAH_noitarugifsnarT ehT, 2024
Acrylic, oil, pastel and pencil on canvas
Unframed:
59 x 117 1/4 in
149.9 x 297.8 cm
Framed:
60 x 118 1/4 in
152.4 x 300.4 cm
(MBNY T107)

TARWUK, Good night, Ernst Toller!, Matthew Brown, New York. Installation view (Photo: Stefany Lazar). 

TARWUK, Good night, Ernst Toller!, Matthew Brown, New York. Installation view (Photo: Stefany Lazar). 

TARWUK, Good night, Ernst Toller!, Matthew Brown, New York. Installation view (Photo: Stefany Lazar). 

TARWUK, Good night, Ernst Toller!, Matthew Brown, New York. Installation view (Photo: Stefany Lazar). 

TARWUK, Good night, Ernst Toller!, Matthew Brown, New York. Installation view (Photo: Stefany Lazar). 

TARWUK, Good night, Ernst Toller!, Matthew Brown, New York. Installation view (Photo: Stefany Lazar). 

TARWUK, Good night, Ernst Toller!, Matthew Brown, New York. Installation view (Photo: Stefany Lazar). 

TARWUK, Good night, Ernst Toller!, Matthew Brown, New York. Installation view (Photo: Stefany Lazar). 

TARWUK, Good night, Ernst Toller!, Matthew Brown, New York. Installation view (Photo: Stefany Lazar). 

TARWUK, Good night, Ernst Toller!, Matthew Brown, New York. Installation view (Photo: Stefany Lazar). 

TARWUK, Good night, Ernst Toller!, Matthew Brown, New York. Installation view (Photo: Stefany Lazar). 

TARWUK, Good night, Ernst Toller!, Matthew Brown, New York. Installation view (Photo: Stefany Lazar). 

TARWUK, Good night, Ernst Toller!, Matthew Brown, New York. Installation view (Photo: Stefany Lazar). 

TARWUK, Good night, Ernst Toller!, Matthew Brown, New York. Installation view (Photo: Stefany Lazar). 

TARWUK, Good night, Ernst Toller!, Matthew Brown, New York. Installation view (Photo: Stefany Lazar). 

TARWUK, Good night, Ernst Toller!, Matthew Brown, New York. Installation view (Photo: Stefany Lazar). 

TARWUK, Good night, Ernst Toller!, Matthew Brown, New York. Installation view (Photo: Stefany Lazar). 

TARWUK, Good night, Ernst Toller!, Matthew Brown, New York. Installation view (Photo: Stefany Lazar). 

TARWUK, Good night, Ernst Toller!, Matthew Brown, New York. Installation view (Photo: Stefany Lazar). 

TARWUK, Good night, Ernst Toller!, Matthew Brown, New York. Installation view (Photo: Stefany Lazar). 

TARWUK, Good night, Ernst Toller!, Matthew Brown, New York. Installation view (Photo: Stefany Lazar). 

TARWUK, Good night, Ernst Toller!, Matthew Brown, New York. Installation view (Photo: Stefany Lazar). 

TARWUK, Good night, Ernst Toller!, Matthew Brown, New York. Installation view (Photo: Stefany Lazar). 

TARWUK, Good night, Ernst Toller!, Matthew Brown, New York. Installation view (Photo: Stefany Lazar). 

Press Release

In war, markers of identity are often arbitrary, magnified into repeated divisions, doubling and fragmenting until individual identities dissolve. Having come of age during the dissolution of Yugoslavia, Bruno Pogacnik Tremow and Ivana Vukšic bore witness to such ethnic and national tensions–and the false distinctions and oppositions that ensued, resulting in devastating societal collapse. 

 

As TARWUK, they reevaluate loss of selfhood as a potentially creative act rather than one of pure destruction. This is primarily enacted by their refusal to identify as a collaboration or duo, instead characterizing themselves as a “condition”, a state that surpasses any notion of two individuals brought together. This condition is circumstantial, but very much alive and dependent upon their artistic output–although their artwork only exists through the exploration of this same condition. 

 

Approaching theater as a means of social and self reorganization, TARWUK considers ways of displacing and reconstructing the ego through the ascribed roles of actor and spectator. Within the space of a stage, physical or conceptual, decay becomes rebirth and fracturing of the psyche emerges as expansive potential. In TARWUK’s theater, the threshold between the experienced and the enacted moves ever closer. 

 

Their sculptures forge this fragile terrain, emerging as progressive ruin and surrealist dystopia. A towering, imposing figure, appears like a hollowed totem: a shell emptied of personal legacy or a tribute to a lineage unrealized. Two small, costume-clad surrogates (stand-ins for TARWUK, not Pogacnik Tremow and Vukšic themselves), allude to the performances conducted within the privacy of their own studio. Ritualistic, improvised explorations of self-abandonment, these happenings are nonetheless the manifestation of pure Gesamtkunstwerk; the costumes, sets, and makeup are meticulously crafted and planned.

 

Aside from photographic self-documentation, these performances are not recorded or attended, occurring only in the immediate and only involving TARWUK. Instead, the aftermath of these performances enters the public space as replicas and residue. Here one is recreated in miniature, like stop animation, in a diorama-like display. Displaced from the initial action, it reads less like a model and more as an artifact of a self already shed, now visible in phantom form. 

 

A series of large-scale paintings, evoking Byzantine patterns and Art Nouveau sensibilities, suggests a narrative of the wider action unfolding. Yet this is an illusion, a projected desire supported by familiar tropes and figures, rather than a discernible storyline. Languid figures and motifs of the natural world recall Symbolist metaphors, but here the language, signified and signifier, remains cryptic. 

 

Denied a passive position of observer, our role as spectator collapses. We are not the actors, nor are TARWUK, though the artworks come close to holding this role within the exhibition space. In this sense, all the artworks–not only those with a physical resemblance to TARWUK, serve as surrogates, alternative embodiments of their otherwise immaterial condition.

 

–Sabrina Tamar

 

TARWUK is the artistic collaboration of Ivana Vukšic (b. 1981, Dubrovnik, Croatia) and Bruno Pogacnik Tremow (b. 1981, Zagreb). Vukšic received her MA from Faculty of Political Sciences, Zagreb and Bruno received dual MFAs from Columbia University and Academy of Fine Arts, Zagreb. 

 

Solo and two person exhibitions include Conceived for the Stage, White Cube, Paris (2023); Бољи живоt, HALLE FÜR KUNST Steiermark, Graz, Austria (2023); Posadila sam kost u zimskom vrtu, White Cube, London (2023); Ante mare et terras, Maramotti Collection, Emilia Romagna, Italy (2021); A Musical Score at the End of the World, Matthew Brown, Los Angeles, (2021); Bijeg u Noć, Martos Gallery, New York (2020); Pčele su prije bole češće. Nije li tako?Molim?,15 Orient, New York (2020); Vernacular River Holds 6 Bodies Down, Lauba, Zagreb (2020); Second Celebration of the Five, Evening Hours, New York (2019); LENT, Taito Ryokan, Tokyo (2019); TARWUK with Gee Vaucher, Gauntlet, New York (2018); ’…Ti živiš već hiljadu godina.’ Team Gallery, New York (2018); Tužni Rudar,15 Orient, New York (2018); HOST2, Jaakko Pallasvuo and Anni Puolakka, GMK Gallery, Zagreb (2018); 0621_141332 (2), Museum of Fine Art, Osijek, Croatia (2017); HOST, Jaakko Pallasvuo and Anni Puolakka, Showroom MAMA, Rotterdam (2017); Tout est pret. Au premier signal que vous nous enverrez de Trieste, tous se leveront en masse pour l'independence de la Hongrie. Xrzah., Ethnographical Museum of Istria, Pazin, Croatia (2017); help you, help me, Essex Flowers, New York (2017); The Tyranny of White Teeth, Hannah Bonaguoro and Ryan Foerster, Museum of Fine Arts, Split, Croatia (2017); The rash of tommy Borgia, Hannah Bonaguoro and Ryan Foerster, Lazareti 1-5, Dubrovnik, Croatia (2017); j_KOPSA_LUCIS.32, Practice, New York (2016); M491A192()INKAROH, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Rijeka, Croatia (2016); 4D/Dominant Doorman Doorstep Document, Pony Project Gallery, Vienna (2015); No New Followers, Lauba, Zagreb (2015); and Family Totems, Pony Project Gallery, Berlin (2014). 

 

Select group exhibitions include Papertrail, Matthew Brown, Los Angeles (2023); Door to the Atmosphere, Frye Art Museum, Seattle, WA (2022); I’m Not Your Mother, PPOW Gallery, New York (2022); Dissolving Realms, Kasmin Gallery, New York (2022); Strange Attractors. The Anthology of Interplanetary Folk Art. Vol. 3: Lost In Space, APALAZZOGALLERY, Brescia, Italy (2022); Recent Sculpture, Matthew Brown, Los Angeles (2022); Exploratory Drawings, Maximillian William, London (2022); Studio Visit. Thoughts and Practices Surrounding Ten Artist’s Studios, Collezione Maramotti, Reggio Emilia, Italy (2021); Anarchy of the Imagination, Kerry Schuss, New York (2021); and Nesvrstani, Lauba, Zagreb, Croatia Drava Art Biennale, MLU, Osijek, Croatia (2020).