(AMERICAN / yugoslavian, BORN 1972)
Harmony in 3, 2015
color film on loop
running time: 14 minutes
Laumeier Sculpture Park Commission, with funds from Nancy and Ken Kranzberg, gift of the artist
For the 2015 Kranzberg Exhibition Series, video artist Zlatko Ćosić and dancer and choreographer Ashley McQueen emphasize the labor that goes into the manicured landscape at Laumeier Sculpture Park. Through a series of dance performances in 2014 culminating in the short film Harmony in 3, Ćosić and McQueen explore the Park’s unique relationship with St. Louis County Parks, highlighting the joy and grit that goes into the care and maintenance of our 105-acre landscape.
Ćosić's film combines techniques of documentation and abstraction, pitting the real versus the performer and presenting a narrative that brings to the foreground that which is often overlooked. Harmony in 3 is a celebratory work, organized as a projected triptych that ebbs and flows, shifting among imagery of the dancer, the worker and the “nature” that is Laumeier Sculpture Park. With combing and interlocking views of the micro and macro worlds of the Park, art and nature are literally linked through the language of movement and the story behind (and meaning of) this acreage.
Direction: Zlatko Ćosić
Art Direction: Zlatko Ćosić and Ashley McQueen
Choreography: Ashley McQueen
Alexa Moor / Sarah Starkweather / Ellen Vierse
Don Gerling / Yvette Luedde / Tom Schweiss
St. Louis County Parks Staff:
Sharon Brown / John Corcoran / Pat Cotter / Gabe Cotton / Rich Edwards / Don Gerling / Josh Gerling / Tom Griffin / A.J. / Yvette Luedde / Ana Miller / Dave Miller / Bob Moritz / Tara Morton / Karen Mullen / Rich Neal / Dan Sachsenheimer / Tom Schweiss / Bud Spindler / Alex Stokes / Jenna Summers / Jason White / Greg York
Camera and Sound: Rachel and Zlatko Ćosić
Production Assistant: Rachel Ćosić
Music: Alan Schilling and Jesse Schilling
Editing: Zlatko Ćosić
Production: Eye Production
Zlatko Ćosić was born in Banja Luka, Yugoslavia. He earned his M.F.A. in Visual Art from Washington University and his B.A. in Video Production & Interactive Digital Media from Webster University. Ćosić's work spans from short films, video and sound installations to theater projections and live audio-visual performances. His themes often relate to issues of identity, immigration and the complexity of living in a new environment, concentrating on the necessity to embrace cultural differences and establish dialogue among people. Ćosić's video installations have been shown at the Kemper Art Museum, Regional Arts Commission, Sheldon Galleries, Des Lee Gallery and Gallery 210, St. Louis; Project 4 Gallery, Washington, D.C.; Hunter College Time Square Gallery, New York; Kulturprojekte, Berlin; Kulturkiosken Gallery, Gävle, Sweden; Academy of Fine Arts, Sarajevo; Patarei "The Battery" Prison, Tallinn, Estonia; and Stimultania Art Gallery, Strasbourg, France. His videos have also been shown at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation and Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis; Saint Louis Art Museum; dokumentART Festival, Germany; Atlanta Underground Film Festival; FIVA, Argentina; Espacio AVAart Gallery, Spain; Torrance Art Museum, Los Angeles; Institut Für Alles Möglische, Berlin; XX.9.12 FABRIKArte, Venice; East Art Gallery, Tehran; Holdudvar Gallery, Budapest; National Historical and Architectural Museum, Kiev; VIDEOPLAY, Buenos Aires; Regional Museum of History of Colima, Mexico; Moscow Museum of Modern Art; The Format Gallery, Milan; Qorikancha Museum, Peru, and Pinnacles Gallery, Australia. Ćosić currently lives in St. Louis and works as a multimedia producer, professor and artist.
Visit www.zlatkocosic.com for more information.