While contemplating wild habitats colliding with industrial build-up, I collaged the primitive biomorphic abstracts on top of stainless steel. I chose stainless steel backdrop for its mass produced and industrial material quality, and its always changing reflective surface, sensitive to the lighting conditions. In this way, I was able to evoke the volatile nature of interaction of humans with the environment, especially via interactive displays, which are so much part of how we, today, frame, view and alter the world around us, sometimes to strange effects. My craft of beauty stands for the ‘utopian impulse’ – our shared desire to build a more perfect world, be it trough technological progress, by going back to our primordial roots, or by a symbiosis of the two. The viewer is invited to explore.
Ivan Stojakovic is a Belgrade born, New York based artist-painter/sculptor. He studied at the Belgrade Academy of Fine Arts, Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto, and at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn where he received MFA degree. Stojakovic has exhibited internationally since 2001, solo, and in many curated group exhibitions, in Belgrade City Museum, Rush Arts Gallery and A.I.R. Gallery – New York, Bridgette Mayer Gallery – Philadelphia, to name a few. He is a citizen of Serbia, Canada and the U.S.A. He currently lives and works in Kew Gardens, Queens. For a full CV and other info please visit: www.ivanstojakovic.com