Ivan Mršić is a Croatian New Zealand interdisciplinary artist, percussionist, composer and improviser. His work crosses many disciplines, he builds his practice on notions of avant gardé transforming them into contemporary dialogue. He has a fascination and annoyance with consumerism, waste and excessive energy consumption.

His video installations in darkened venues, transform the audiences perception of processes and materials that he has manipulated. He references today’s consumerism as a society of deception and exploitation. Part of his aural experimental practice explores the sonic potential of discarded everyday-objects. He also builds instruments himself – his “Theareye Collection”. These objects and instruments have become vehicles for composition, improvisation and experimentation in performance and sound.

In 2012, Ivan completed Master of Fine Arts at Elam School of Fine Arts, Auckland.

Born April 1957, Zagreb, Croatia
Currently based in Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand

 


EDUCATION

  • 2012 Master of Fine Arts – First Class Honours, The University of Auckland, New Zealand
  • 2010 Postgraduate Diploma in Fine Arts, The University of Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1987 Village Jazz International Grožnjan, Croatia
  • 1985 Montreux, Jazz Clinics
  • 1983 Percussion Studies, Conservatory of Music, Montreux, Switzerland,
  • 1982 Graduated from the Faculty of Graphics, Drawing and Engraving, University of Zagreb, Croatia

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

  • 2014 Signature show, Pyramid Club, Wellington, New zealand 
  • 2011 The Ritual (Painting), Snake Pit Gallery, Auckland, New zealand
  • 2008 Kahva (Painting), The Depot Artspace, Auckland, New zealand
  • 2006 Gumdiggerʼs Dream (Painting), EA Gallery, Auckland, New zealand
  • 2005 My Mamako (Photography), EA Gallery, Auckland, New zealand
  • 1993 Jazz Portraits (Photography), DKD, Auckland, New zealand
  • 1988 Jazz Portraits (Photography), Art Centre Đuro Đakovic Zagreb, Croatia

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

  • 2017 July Group ShowMokopopaki Gallery, Auckland, New zealand
  • 2016 Share/Cheat/Unite, Te Tuhi, Auckland, New Zealand
  • 2016 Rotational Love, audio foundation, auckland, New zealand
  • 2016 Body I  Memory (Digital Baroque HD video, and seven prints on anodized aluminium), Fresh Gallery Otara, Auckland, New zealand
  • 2015- Museum of Contemporary Art – Facade, Mimic Language- Animafest Zagreb, Croatia
  • 2014 Museum of Contemporary Art – Facade, I Can Hear You With My Eyes, Simulation of the SiteAnimafest Zagreb, Croatia
  • 2013 Auckland Festival of Photography (Photography), Wine Cellar, Auckland, New zealand
  • 2013 Simulcast (Painting), with Zita Joyce, Sally Ann Mcintyre and Jay Hollows, Audio Foundation, Auckland, New zealand
  • 2012 Elam-Ilam (Video), Group Show,The University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New zealand
  • 2012 Gordon’s Walter Prize (Sculpture), Snake Pit Gallery, Auckland, New zealand
  • 2012 Running on Pebbles (Video and Sculpture), Snake Pit Gallery, Auckland, New zealand
  • 2011 Finalist in 20th Annual Wallace Art Award (Video), The Dowse Art Museum, Lower Hutt, New zealand
  • 2011 Pollution (Sculpture), George Fraser Gallery, The University of Auckland, Auckland, New zealand
  • 2010 Elam Graduate Show (Sculpture), The University of Auckland, Auckland, New zealand
  • 2009 Finalist in National Drawing Award (Drawing), Enjoy Public Art Gallery, Wellington, New zealand
  • 2009 Finalist in National Drawing Award (Drawing), Physics Room, Christchurch, New zealand
  • 2008 Finalist in National Drawing Award (Drawing), Artspace, Auckland, New zealand
  • 2007 Finalist in National Drawing Award 2006 (Drawing), Physics Room, Christchurch, New zealand
  • 2006 Finalist in National Drawing Award 2006 (Drawing), Artspace, Auckland, New zealand
  • 2006 Finalist in Orchid Show (Painting), University of Auckland, Auckland, New zealand
  • 2006 Finalist in Adam Portraiture Award (Painting), Wellington, New zealand
  • 2005 Finalist in 14th Annual Wallace Art Award (Painting), Auckland, New zealand
  • 1987 Grupenkunstwerk (Installation), International Exhibition of Art Groups, Kassel, Germany

SOUND EXPERIENCEs – Performance and Installation

  • 2017 MAY 26 2017 The Great Insaturation The Projection Band, Pyramid Club, Wellington
  • 2017 Sounding La Rosa, Green Bay, Auckland, New Zealand
  • 2016 Share/Cheat/Unite at Te Tuhi. Kakokarangaphonia Orchestra, Karanga Plaza, Wynyard Quarter. Nga Hei Hei Orchestra, Te Tuhi. youareherewearehere, various locations, Auckland, New Zealand
  • 2016 Rotational Love (sculpture, video projection)
  • 2015 THE PROJECTION BAND (NZ/HR): HIDDEN LANDSCAPES | GANZ …
  • 2015 The Projection band Hidden landscapes, MM Centre, Zagreb ,Croatia
  • 2015, The Projection Band (NZ/HR) Vinyl, Zagreb, Croatia
  • 2015 Trauma Therapy,  The Projection Band – Phill Dryson- Prepared guitar, Hermione Johnson- Keyboards, Aaron Longville- Sax, Ivan Mrsic – Cymperzeal, Audio Foundation, Auckland, New Zealand
  • 2015 Emotional Engeneering The Projection Band,  Pyramid Club · Wellington
  • 2015 To Be ContinuedSolo performance – live over the world from Audio Foundation, Auckland, New Zealand
  • 2014 Solo performance” I spring from the sink” and group performance, Pyramid Club , Wellington, New Zealand
  • 2014 Festival of Uncertainty, Sold Them Out (sound performance), Old Folks Association, Auckland, New zealand
  • 2014 Sounding Tiritiri Matangi, Phil Dadson’s Project, Tiritiri Matangi Island, New zealand
  • 2013 Freedom Farmers, et al., description, sound compilation, Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland, New zealand
  • 2013 Frontside, Performance with Joseph Griffen, Plaza Gallery, Auckland, New zealand
  • 2013 A Whole Lotta Cocks With No Balls, Jeff Henderson exhibition. Performance with Josh Rutter and Ben Holmes, Audio Foundation, Auckland, New zealand
  • 2013 Equinox- The Intercontinentals with Rosie Langabeer and Somin Son, Artspace, Auckland, New zealand
  • 2013 Sound preformance with Phill Dryson and Torben Tilly, For New Structures Gregor Kregar’s show at Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland, New zealand
  • 2013 Performance with Andre Vida, (US) Wystan Curnow, Jeff Henderson, Hermione Johnson, Josh Rutter. See video.
  • 2013 The Projection Band with Jeff Henderson, Heremione Johnson, Phill Dryson, Josh Rutter, Kristian Larsen, John Radford and Torben Tilly, Audio Foundation, Auckland, New zealand
  • 2013 Simulcast, Radio Performance with Andrew Clifford and Jay Hollows, Audio Foundation, New zealand
  • 2013 Sounding Tiritiri Matangi, Phil Dadson’s Project, Tiritiri Matangi Island, New zealand
  • 2012 A view from the top view to looking up common sense, Oracle Tower Performance with Phil Dadson, Karin Hofko, and John Radford
  • 2012 10th Anniversary Vitamin S Festival, Wine Cellar, Auckland, New zealand
  • 2012 Audio Foundation Festival, Vitamin S, Silo Park, Auckland, New zealand
  • 2012 Et Al-Films from non-existent in the everyday world?, Jonathan Smart Gallery, soundtrack
  • 2012 The Dream House Orchestra, Te Tuhi, Auckland, new zealand. With John Bell, Chris OʼConnor and Felix OʼConnell
  • 2012 Running on Pebbles II, Snake Pit Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand. With John Bell, Chris OʼConnor and Phil Dadson
  • 2012 Running on Pebbles I, Snake Pit Gallery, Auckland, New zealand. With Sean Kerr and Phil Dadson
  • 2011 The Ritual, Sound Performance The Projection Band With Phil Dadson and Sean Kerr, Snake Pit Gallery, Auckland, New zealand
  • 2011 From a Ripple to a Swell-LATE at the Museum Tsubasa Kawamoto/ Ivan Mršić, Auckland Museum, Auckland, New zealand
  • 2011 T-Party, The Projection Band, Wine Cellar, Auckland, New zealand
  • 2011 Te Tuhi Carnival, Te Tuhi Gallery, Pakuranga, Auckland, New zealand
  • 2011 Video Life, Ko Nakajama and Kentaro Taki, live performance, St Paulʼs Gallery, Auckland, New zealand
  • 2011 Palcontents, Whammy Bar, Auckland, New zealand
  • 2011 Trans-cryption (sound performance), Michael Lett Gallery, Auckland, New zealand
  • 2010 Jonny Marks with Superstars of Westlynn, Wine Cellar, Auckland, New zealand
  • 2010 DIY Workshop circuit bending, Gus Fisher Gallery, Auckland, New zealand
  • 2010 Superflux co llaboration (sound, video, 16 mm film) Wine Cellar, Auckland, New zealand
  • 2010 B 431 Projectspace, Collaboration with Kikiilimikilii, The University of Auckland, Auckland, New zealand
  • 2010 Hypnosis at Wine Cellar collaboration with Jacob C Hammes Auckland, New zealand
  • 2010 The Original Orifice, The Ambassador Cinema, Auckland, New zealand
  • 2010 Sound Invention Convection Festival, Wine Cellar, Auckland, New zealand
  • 2009 Auckland Fringe Festival, Collaboration, 10 Acre Block, Auckland, New zealand
  • 2009 Collaboration, Shoji Hano, Wine Cellar, Auckland, New zealand
  • 2009 Cross Street Carnival performance, Cross Street, Auckland, New zealand
  • 1977-1979 Jazz Youth Orchestra Vatroslav Lisinski, Zagreb, Croatia
  • 1979-1982 Jazzzest Quintet, Zagreb, Croatia

PHOTOGRAPHIC EXPERIENCE

  • 1976-1978 Photographer for various youth magazines
  • 1976-1978 Teaching Photography, Community Centre, Zagreb, Croatia
  • 1985-1988 Freelance Photographer

OTHER ART-RELATED EXPERIENCE

  • 1975-1979-Working at the Childrenʼs Theatre, Zagreb, Croatia

COLLECTIONS

  • Work is held in private collections in New Zealand, Canada, USA, Japan and Europe