With their specific architecture, Tadić’s works look like minimized gallery or museum polygons that offer a visual revision not only of everyday perspective but also of exhibition frameworks and the ways in which works of art are normally displayed and presented. Their hybrid forms change our conventional impressions of an exhibition space; they disregard the standard dimensions of gallery walls and abandon the usual ways of arranging the objects along these ‘partitions’.
Tadić’s exhibition in Rijeka offers a cross-section view of his films, scale models and sketches created over the past six years. Completion through: is a sort of dedication to the medium of drawing as the foundation of thinking and imagination and to the technique of collage as the means of joining and recombining of individual elements into more complex structures, ‘packed’ in different forms and formats – from animation films to studies and sketches, books and objects. The process of selecting the works for this exhibition rests on the author’s process creating them, which reveals the connections between these works, but also establishes a relation to the artist’s previous material that influenced their creation. Owing to its characteristic display, this exhibition appears as a reconstruction of an imaginary journey in which the exhibited works act as fissures of time. Whether they symbolize mysterious landscapes or some recognizable locations, these works evoke forgotten times and vanishing spaces. Each film, placed in an object reminding of an open box, magnetizes our gaze with flickers of light coming from the projection in the background. The movable images invite us to explore these fluid ‘travel accounts’, images, memories and notes that are compressed in the form of a short film. In the meantime, the works on paper, placed in a separately built structure, present themselves as the palpable traces of the material that we see on the films. The intersecting relations between the different media – between the film image and the physical image – take us to a saturated time-space, drawing us into a crack in the collective memory and the artist’s reinterpretations of that, which sometimes include surprisingly recognizable motifs, such as those we store in our own memory. As Marko says, I use all these found objects as the symbols of a period; for example, photos become the window to a specific historical time. Interestingly, when that window is broken, these objects cease to represent a specific moment in the past and become signs of a timeless period. In this revision and reminiscence remains a trace of melancholy for the past, even though none of the photos contains the year of its creation.
Marko Tadić (1979) graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence, Italy. Exhibited at solo and group exhibitions and film festivals in Croatia and internationally, at venues in Zagreb, Ljubljana, Vienna, Kassel, Berlin, Los Angeles and New York. Awards: 28. Youth Salon (Zagreb, 2006) and Radoslav Putar Award for young Croatian artist (Zagreb, 2008). Participated in residencies and study programs: 18th Street Arts Center, Los Angeles (2008); KulturKontakt, Vienna (2008); ISCP, New York (2009); Kultur Bunker, Frankfurt (2010) and Helsinki International Artist Program (2011). Born in 1979 in Sisak, Croatia, lives and works in Zagreb.
Curator: Ksenija Orelj
Tue – Fri: 12 - 8 pm
Sat - Sun: 11 am - 2 pm & 6 - 8 pm
Support: Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia