perception of an artist
by jennifer kiley
Adam Cvijanovic, born in 1960 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, is a painter based in New York City. He paints large-scale paintings onto Tyvek, an extremely thin and durable plastic sheeting, which can be easily moved from place to place. It allows him to create large paintings that expand and create new space. He extends beyond our physical world. Observe his achievement in Stardust. His works expresses the limitations of the artist’s media to create alternate versions of space.
Stardust was created in 2010. Cvijanovic has given the impression of a hole blown out of a wall and as you look through you see the far expanse into space. It’s realistic image convinces the viewer that they are observing a 3-D vision of the space they are in, with what lies in an unbeleiveable location out into the space of the universe, yet appears real. It dismisses for the moment your sense of the possible vs the illusionary.
Stardust is taken from images of the Orion nebula, just south of Orion’s Belt, from the constellation of Orion. Usually only seen in photos taken by a telescope, which I frequently collect, I love the images so. Cvijanovic creates it in a painting in an amazing depiction. One feels like one could walk into the painting. Stardust is a grand illusion, which caught my eye and that prompted me to want to share something so imaginative. And through this discovery, I searched out other examples of Adam Cvijanovic creative talent to share with the curious art lovers out there.
A last bit of information on Adam Cvijanovic, he studied at the Philadelphia College of Art in 1982 and Columbia University in 1986, but he is largely self-taught. As you can see, after viewing this piece, it made me want to seek out other paintings he had produced.