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Zivana Gojanov, Stig Einarson, Bruce Brainard
at Marion Meyer Contemporary Art, Laguna Beach, California
Recommendation by Liz Goldner

A trio of artists, Zivana Gojanovic, Stig Einarson, Bruce Brainard, add up to a complex, yet elegant exhibit. Gojanovic grew up in Croatia in difficult circumstances, experienced war and disorientation, leading her to seek stability in life and art, while acknowledging suffering. Her large, figurative canvases incorporate balance through structured urban landscapes and multi-colored figures, many floating, covered with scraped, recycled paint. Repetitive symbols, strong colors and shapes evoke spirituality within chaos. Einarson’s large multi-media pieces are structured, abstract works, often executed in earth tones with conceptual elements. While explanations refer to Biblical, Viking and TV influences, the works convey serene chaos, or meditation in a painful world. Brainard’s relaxed ocean landscapes are of crashing waves against the shore, the horizon behind. Colors vary from pinks to blues to greens. Each work has one focal point, such as a sunset, seagull or boulder beyond the waves that provide formal counterpoint. 

Marion Meyer Contemporary Art

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