James Fuentes presents an online exhibition of 10 works on paper by Stipan Tadić, in tandem with the Croatian artist's exhibition at its 55 Delancey St gallery. In these works, Tadić maps the neighborhoods surrounding the D line train from the Bronx to Coney Island. Throughout the works in this project, Tadić creates a portal into a unique psychogeography: a space that infuses socialist and surrealist ideologies to contemplate how a geographic environment can consciously or unconsciously shape the emotions and dynamics of a community. Tadić’s philosophy of urban exploration comes alive in this coded city: a place where characters are signified and narrative is malleable. Across acid-green skies and fluorescent bodega isles, Tadić’s New York is simultaneously otherworldly and familiar—an iconic American city rendered in a visual language all his own.
Stipan Tadić was born in Zagreb, Croatia in 1986. He graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb in 2011 and received his MFA in Visual Arts from Columbia University School of the Arts in 2020. His first solo exhibition was in 2009, after which he has been featured in numerous solo and group presentations. Tadić received the Best Young Artist Award from HDLU, Zagreb in 2013 and was awarded 1st Prize at the International Comic Book Festival in Lodz, Poland in 2018. Tadić currently lives and works in New York.