TARWUK, “MRTISKLAAAH_SEVER_agon.I11” (2017-2020), oil on canvas, 48 x 60 inches (all images courtesy Martos Gallery)
Collaborative duo TARWUK are carving out their own world of sensuality and pain. Their latest exhibition at Martos Gallery, Bijeg u noć (“Escape into the night” in Croatian), conjures their memories of war-torn southeastern Europe in scenes of complex darkness, capturing the feeling of emergence after disaster. Their sketches, sculptures, and paintings all seem to take place within the same apocalyptic universe, and not a single soul or surface is spared from the destruction.
Ivana Vukšić and Bruno Pogačnik Tremow both grew up in the Balkans during the Croatian War of Independence (1991-1995). Now based in New York City, their shared experiences inform their dystopian worldview.