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Durdica Selec, Djuro in front of her paintings

Artist Statement

As a contemporary painter and a tech professional, I aim to convey a sensory overload born out of the pervasiveness of technoculture. My canvas offers familiar web graphics, and then distorts them: with no assigned compositional hierarchy, the layers cut and disrupt one another, achieving the most human tendency screens demonstrate: a lag, a bug, a glitch.

I find that nothing articulates virtual as well as the glitch does. Like beauty, it commands our attention, and wakes us up. We notice being plucked out of immediate reality and sucked into a virtual one. As digital noise compromises the materiality of canvas, I invite the viewer into such a waking opportunity.

"There is no definitive perspective that dominates Selec’s works. Instead, they are both connected and disjointed by the changing grids and pixels contained within. On occasion the outcome is more fluid and attractive, other times it provokes risk and retaliation. Unlike an algorithm error set in place only to eradicate negative feedback, Selec warns and allures you towards tempting digital worlds."

~ Maryam Arshad, FAYD Editor in Chief

Djuro Selec London exhibition Ambient Anxiety

London Show

2022 @ Curious Kudu, Peckham

Ambient Anxiety - two modern neuroses collide: environmental helplessness with technological dependency.

"Top 5 Art Exhibitions in SE London" ~ Tabish Khan

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"Selec’s work investigates the glitch, something that is mysterious, unknowable and usually temporary or short-lived. This transient fault is intrinsically difficult to troubleshoot and therefore hard to pin down in technological terms and life! The same can be said of the effects of uncertainty and the anxiety caused by technology and consuming media. The layers of glitch on glitch can confuse us further and thus mounts the tension and anxiety."

~ Karen Parker, Intersilient