Biljana Jancic is interested in the intersections between contemporary art and architecture. She produces large scale sculptural interventions that seek to pursue an experimental approach to spatial research, often within the white-cube context. Her works respond to the architecture and atmosphere of the host site. In developing the work she seeks to articulate and highlight architectural features, while simultaneously disrupting the space in which they are situated. Having originally trained in the painting studio at SCA, she continues to work with ideas of expanded painting. She has experimented with various industrial materials to unpack the spatial properties of painting by creating environments that are open to circulation and the somatic experience of the viewer. For example, she frequently works with reflective surfaces that implicate the presence of the viewer into the surface of the work. In other works she has worked with lasers and PVC pipes to inscribe lines of force within spaces as a way of spatialising ideas articulated in geometric abstraction. These installations also directly implicate the architecture of the gallery into the artistic gesture so that the boundaries between incursion and context become blurred.
Jancic completed a PhD at Sydney College of the Arts in 2013 and in 2016 was the recipient of the The Fauvette Loureiro Memorial Artists Travel Award for recent SCA alumni. Her works have recently been exhibited in the TarraWarra Biennial 2016: Endless Circulation, TarraWarra Museum of Art, 2016, Primavera, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney 2016, An Imprecise Science, Artspace, Sydney 2015; Kaleidorama, Stills Gallery, Sydney 2015; Conquest of Space, COFA Galleries 2014 and I Want to Change the World, Ucity Art Museum of GAFA, Guangzhou, China, 2014. Jancic’s art making practice is supported by her critical writing and curatorial practice.
A Beach (Beneath), 2016, installation view, Primavera 2016: Young Australian Artists, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia.
Exit Strategies, 2016. CCTV camera, image splitter, 5 channel video projection. Installation view SCA Galleries. Photo: Ian Hobbs
Spill, 2013. Aluminium tape, painter’s tape. Installation view The Lock Up, Newcastle.