Planthouse Flat File
Connect the Dots: Blanca Canales, 2019
Polymer relief print, 13 x 18 inches
Printed by Ruth Lingen at Line Press
Edition of 45
*Part of a portfolio of 12 prints. 30 prints will be available from each series immediately. 15 prints from each edition will be packaged together in deluxe portfolio will be available in December 2019. Reserve the deluxe edition at a discount for $3500. Individual Prints $350.
Planthouse is pleased to publish Connect the Dots by Željka Blakšić, a series of twelve relief prints depicting important female figures. The series began as a drawing game made for Game Night, a series of free public events presenting artist-made games, organized by Sheetal Prajapati and Anna Harsanyi in New York. The event Blakšić participated in explored the theme of feminist politics. Participants were invited to connect the dots in her images in order to reveal a female revolutionary portrait. All the women represented played a pivotal role, as activists, theorists, educators and politicians, in bringing monumental social change that enriched the lives of many. They are remembered and celebrated for their bravery, selflessness, dedication and complexity. In 2019, Planthouse will release one female revolutionary portrait each month throughout the year, for a total of twelve portraits.
Željka Blakšić AKA Gita Blak
Born in Zagreb, Croatia (ex-Yugoslavia) in 1983, Željka Blakšić AKA Gita Blak moved to New York City in 2007. She creates performances, 16mm ﬁlms, videos, prints and public interventions. In 2010 she received her Master of Fine Arts with Distinction from the School of Visual Arts, in the Photography, Video and Related Media Department. Her interdisciplinary practice is often inspired by the sub-culture of the 1990s-era in Croatia, when punk, anarchy and eco-movements were having a renewal. Resistance manifested itself through the cooperation and gathering of various alternative social groups. This experimental environment became a university of rebellion–a key force, giving voice to new expressions of democracy, justice, common values and free speech.
Blakšić has exhibited extensively throughout the U.S. and Europe. Her recent performances and exhibitions were presented at Filmwerkstatt Düsseldorf (Germany), Framer Framed (Amsterdam), Museum of Modern Art (New York), Herzliya Museum (Herzliya), Gallery Augusta (Helsinki), Los Sures Museum (New York), Recess (New York), AIR Gallery (New York), Offenbachplatz (Cologne), BRIC Contemporary Art Gallery (New York) and many others.
She was a recipient of the 2017 Residency Unlimited & National Endowment for the Arts Award for NYC based artist, 2016 Recess Session Residency and Via Art Fund Grant; 2014/15 AIR Gallery Fellowship in New York, 2012 The District Kunst und Kulturförderung Studio Award in Berlin; 2010 Paula Rhodes Memorial Award in New York City etc. Last year she was a resident at Fondazione Pistoletto in Biella, Italy and MuseumsQuartier in Vienna, Austria. Currently she is working on a project at Alserkal Avenue in Dubai.
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