Artist: Dejan Jovanovic
Camera/Edit: Spike Hoban
Music: Tycho - A Walk
This video was commissioned by metalsmith Dejan Jovanovic to highlight his 2012 exhibition "Precious Connections" located in Gray Gallery at East Carolina University.
Jewelry artist, Dejan Jovanovic has been established in Washington, DC since 2002. Born in Serbia, he graduated in applied sculpture from Belgrade University of the Arts where he won numerous awards and prizes. His influences come from exploration of archaic metal-smithing forms and techniques which he revives with a modern sensibility.
The desire to explore the varied ways in which traditional jewelry design can be extended and the transitions from traditional perceptions of jewelry towards new artistic expressions is at the heart of all of Dejan's work. His training as a monumental sculptor translates to his work in smaller forms where he captures fluid sculptural movement informed by organic elements and rugged texture and explores the possibilities of combining negative spaces, abstract forms and lines and balanced proportions in his dynamic compositions.
Dejan has exhibited his work in the US and Europe. He has worked for fabrication and metal-smithing projects for the White House, Smithsonian Institution, Blair House and the Washington National Cathedral and has also worked for Tiffany & Co. He is currently pursuing an MFA at ECU School of Art and Design.