NUCLEUS: Veljko Zejak
Curator: Jelena Popović, senior curator at the Museum of Applied Art
Organizer: Museum of Applied Art, Belgrade
Veljko Zejak’s solo exhibition Nucleus is part of the accompanying program of the exhibition On the Glass Road: Glass Art and Representation in Serbia (1850–1950) by Biljana Crvenković, with which the Museum of Applied Art participates in the celebration of the International Year of Glass.
The Nucleus exhibition gathers Zejak’s works in which he uses glass as a material for the design of light and spatial installations. In all his artworks, glass is the material used for the artistic experiment that examines the correlations created between light sources, water and glass sculptures. Stained glass is a technique used to shape objects with pieces of mirror. The works were created as a result of a research process in which the correlation between optics and artwork is examined.
He graduated in 2005 from the Department of Sculpture at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Belgrade, completing his specialist studies in 2009 at the same department in the class of Professor Mrđan Bajić. After receiving a scholarship from the French government, in 2008 and 2009 he was a visiting student at the National School of Fine Arts in Paris (École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts de Paris), in the studio of Professor Richard Deacon. He has participated in art residencies in Dusseldorf, Paris, Neumünster (Germany) and Changchun (China). He has exhibited at 16 solo and over 60 group exhibitions in Serbia and internationally. Zejak participated in international art fairs in Stockholm, Paris and London and his works can be found in museums and private collections. He represents the art Association Hybrid, through which he implements artistic, educational and socially engaged projects.