Radakovich's style (pronounced rah-DAHK-oh-vich)
is a combination of Neo-Surrealism, Appropriation and
Neo-Expressionism. The figures in his work are posed in psychologically
ambiguous terms. The elongated heads are Icons of humans in a mechanized
society grappling with the questions of desire and nature.
paintings, he uses cryptic relationships, sexual scenarios and
psychologically charged tableaux. His Surrealistic atmospheres, cartoon like
drawing and appropriated Modigliani-like heads are painted in a linear but
expressionist technique. The paintings are frontal and highly colored often
evoking the space of Indian miniatures. His disrupted narratives beg the
viewer to unravel the tale that is set before them. His canvases are filled
with urban dramas where the participants struggle with the problems of
modern life, often with comical results.
49"H x 39"W Oil on canvas
sculptural works often incorporate totem structures that stack body parts
and biomorphic elements. Content is usually subconscious with an implied
narrative that is often not answered. Although inspired by primitive
cultural forms, Radakovich explains that they are modern urban signposts
containing the dramas of city life. They hang on the wall or are
freestanding. The space that is created in his new sculpture is a highly
complex fusion of open space and playful shifts in scale. Surfaces are
brightly painted with acrylic or coated with black rubber. Fragmented
figures appear and disappear behind Modern organic forms.
23"H x 6"W x 41/2"D
45"H x 12"W x 11"D
59"H x 16"W x 12"D
Jim Radakovich is a sculptor and painter
living and working in New York City. He graduated from The Maryland
Institute, College of Art. His classmates included Donald Baechler, Jeff
Koons, Aaron Fink and David Humphrey.
the vibrant New York City East Village art scene of the early eighties, he
has continued exhibiting in Soho, Chelsea, throughout the US and in Japan.
Radakovich's work has entered the collections of many prominent Americans
tastemakers including fashion designer Todd Oldham, TV's "Crossing Jordan"
producer director Alan Arkush, Ford Models owner Katie Ford, hotelier Andre
Balazs and the director of the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston Bill Arning.
Radakovich and his contemporaries were first documented in Arts Magazine in
September of 1985. Written by critic Robert Pincus-Witten and photographed
by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders for Arts Magazine, "The New Irascibles" an
essay and portfolio of photographs was based on the celebrated photograph
of the Abstract-Expressionist Group taken by Nina Leen in 1951. It was meant
as a historical overview and photographic record to preserve the
participants of a important scene in Manhattan where entrepreneurial
dealers opened their own galleries during between 1982 and 1988. After that time, most of these galleries and artists
were absorbed into the Soho art world eager for new talent and they
ultimately ushered in the explosion of the
80's art market boom. An update
of this important group was included in the November 1999 issue of Art
Forum. The historical significance of this group was established by
"East Village USA"
New Museum of Contemporary Art in
New York City
in December of 2004 and satellite
shows at the B-Side Gallery's
"East Village ASU"
and the Hal Bromm Gallery's
"Vintage East Village"
in January of 2005.
To contact Jim Radakovich