September 6 – October 8, 2017
Gibbs Street Gallery
Opening Reception and Artist Talk: Friday, September 8, 7 – 9 PM
Jon Rajkovich’s sculptures take a contradictory position. His materials and processes provide fresh and surprising visual journeys that lead toward and away from possible narratives. The sculptures are like “something”, but what that “thing” is, remains elusive. Funny and sophisticated, crude and elegant, straightforward and disguised, they reflect a world unresolved and complex. “Perhaps,” he says, “they are a response to the fact that much of our contemporary culture is built on artifice. Romantic exaggerations and neurotic deceptions seem commonplace. Posture is important on the street, and becomes so in the forms within my work.” For Rajkovich it seems necessary, that to navigate this culture and to create work, he must locate a verisimilitude.
About the artist: Jon Rajkovich (b. 1974) grew up in Detroit, Michigan. He received his M.F.A. from Winthrop University and has attended residencies at Skowhegan and the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture. He is also co-founder of the Charlotte, North Carolina based dance troupe Sinergismo. He has an extensive exhibition history at venues including Shoshana Wayne in Santa Monica, Axel Raben Gallery in New York, Susanne Hillberry Gallery in Fernadale, Michigan, and Whitespace in Atlanta, Georgia. Rajkovich’s work has been written about in numerous publications including Art in America, the Chicago Sun Times, Time Out, Art Papers, the Los Angeles Times, and an overview of his work is included in the book Milk and Honey: Contemporary Art in California.