Jon Rajkovich

 

b. 1974, Detroit, MI
Lives and works in Virginia

Biography

MFA Winthrop University; attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture; BFA Michigan State. Extensive exhibition history at venues including Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Santa Monica; Guerrero Gallery, San Francisco; Lisa Boyle Gallery, Chicago; Whitespace, Atlanta; Axel Raben Gallery, New York. His work has been written about in the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Sun Times, Art Papers, and Art in America.

Artist Statement

Jon Rajkovich makes sculpture that resonates with life and movement. Rajkovich’s interpretation of sculpture is fluid: he uses found and fabricated objects, video, site–specific installation, drawing, and choreography as a means to explore interactions between the found and formal, rhythmic and erratic, and various notions of completeness. In doing so, his works act as an index of physical and psychological engagements over a period of time. By objectifying the creative process, he creates works that also locate meaning within their formation.

The movement conveyed in Rajkovich’s static sculpture begins where the process of its own becoming is made evident, and continues throughout the work. Sometimes this arrangement reflects an otherworldly and imaginative approach, sealing an object from an external situation entirely with color, for example; and, at other times, his sculptures are charged with a crude elegance, where hints of unresolvedness are maintained and choices are revealed to reflect the complexities of the world as it is.

Rajkovich’s attention to diverse materials and craft reward the attentive viewer. Many of the materials have begun to impersonate other materials. Plastic looks like metal, wood looks like plastic, perhaps a response to the fact that much of our contemporary culture is built on artifice. Posture is important on the street and becomes so in the forms within his work. Romantic exaggerations and neurotic deceptions can seem commonplace, so a necessity, according to the artist, in navigating this culture and creating work, is locating verisimilitude.

Education

Skowhegan School of Sculpture and Painting, Skowhegan, ME
MFA, Sculpture, Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC
1997 BFA, Studio Art, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
1996 Overseas Study, Art History, Europe, Russia, Turkey, Egypt, Israel

Solo Exhibitions

2012 The Sun Below the Ceiling, THIS Los Angeles, CA
2007 Partial Interference, Lisa Boyle Gallery, Chicago, IL
2007 Circle Dance, Taliesin East, Spring Green, WI
2006 Fluent Menagerie, First Street Gallery, Humboldt State University, Eureka, CA
2005 Jon Rajkovich: New Work, Lisa Boyle Gallery, Chicago, IL
2003 Transplanted Scenes, McCelvey Center Gallery, York, SC

Two Person Exhibitions

2013 We are One, We Are Many, galerie102, Ojai, CA

Selected Group Exhibitions/ Performances

2013 By Way of South, Guerrero Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2010 Not Biodregadable, Whitespace Gallery, Atlanta, GA
Gold in Braddock, Unsmoke Artspace, Braddock, PA
COPY0909, Westbourne Church, University of the Arts, London, UK
2008 Prenatural Selection, Mass. College of Liberal Arts, North Adams, MA
2007 3-D News: Jon Rajkovich, David Herbert, and Angie White, Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
Crater, (dance performance), Theater Artaud, San Francisco, CA and the Landis Performing Arts Center, Riverside, CA
Degrees of Separation, City of Brea Municipal Gallery, Brea, CA
2006 Unnatural Presence, Platform Gallery, Seattle, WA
Summer Pack, Susanne Hillberry Gallery, Fernadale, MI
Gas, Food, Lodging, Georgia State University Galleries, Atlanta, GA
Push Play, Jacksonville Museum of Modern Art, Jacksonville, FL
Synthesis, Axel Raben Gallery, New York, NY
2003 Sinergismo, Piccolo Spoleto Festival, (dance performance), U.S. Custom House, Charleston, SC
Synthesis, Grossman Gallery, Lafayette College, Easton, PA
GSU Faculty works on Paper, Rialto Center, Atlanta, GA
Point (dance performance), Space Revisions: New Work for a New Space, Sumter Cultural Council, Sumter, SC
2002 Convergence XV, Providence, RI
Tri-State Sculptors, Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton, NJ
Crossing The Line, Moore College of Art and Design, Philadelphia, PA
Summer Select, Chapel Hill, Public Arts Commission, Chapel Hill, NC
2000 White Years, Alfred Berkowitz Gallery, University of Michigan, Dearborn, MI
1999 Franconia Sculpture Park, Shafer, MN

Selected Publications

Milk and Honey: Contemporary Art in California, edited by Justin Van Hoy, Pasadena, CA: Ammo Books, 2012
Art in America, February 2008, image and review by Mark Staff Brandl
Bay Area Reporter, July 19, 2007, San Francisco “Taking a New Direction,” by Joe Landini
Time Out, May 10-15, 2007, Chicago, IL, image and review by Lauren Weinberg
Chicago Sun Times, May 11, 2007, review by Margaret Hawkins
Los Angeles Times, Jan 26, 2007, review by Holly Myers
Winston-Salem Journal, Sunday, March 18, 2007, “Lessons: Little Works Loaded With Meaning,” article by Tom Patterson
Creative Loafing, Sept 5, 2007, Charlotte, NC, “Dance Festival Takes Flight,” article by Perry Tannenbaum
Art Week, September, 2006, review by Debra Koppman
Metro Times, August 3-9, 2005, Detroit, MI, “Scrap Mettle,” image and article by Glen Mannisto
Time Out, June 2-9, 2005, Chicago, IL, image and review by Madeline Nusser
The Chicago Reader, (image) April 29, 2005
Creative Loafing, March 23, 2005, Atlanta, GA, “Art Attack,” image and article by Felicia Feaster
Creative Loafing, Feb 8, 2005, Atlanta, GA, “Rambling On- Gas, Food, Lodging,” article by Felicia Feaster
Art Papers, Nov/Dec 2004, image and review by Madeline Peck
The Times-Union, June 4, 2004, Jacksonville, FL, “Pop! Goes JMOMA,” Image and article by Tanya Perez-Brennan
Catalogue, Push Play, Redefining Pop, Jacksonville Museum of Modern Art, Jacksonville, FL
The Morning Call, November 20, 2003, Allentown, PA, “Artist Pairs Collaborate on Altered States,” article by Geoff Gehman
Free Times, May 7-13, 2003, Columbia, SC, “Space Revisions,” article by Mary Bentz Gilkerson
The Providence Journal, Sept. 12, 2002, Providence, RI, “Sculpture Showcase,” article by Bill van Siclen
The Chapel Hill News, April 21, 2002, Chapel Hill, NC, “Public Group Makes Art a Part of Everyday Life,” article by Renee Piechocki
Catalogue, Tri-State Sculptor’s Guild, Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton, NJ
Catalogue, Convergence XV Festival, Capitol Arts, Providence, RI
The State, Oct. 4, 2001 Columbia, SC, “In Sumter, Temporary Art Makes a Permanent Impression,” article by Jeffrey Day

Awards and Fully Funded Residencies

2009 Vermont Studio Center (full fellowship)
2007 Taliesin, Frank Lloyd Write School of Architecture, Visiting Artist/ residency
Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (full fellowship)
2005 Forward Arts Foundation, Atlanta, GA, Artist Grant
1997 Louis B Sudler post-graduate scholarship, Michigan State University

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