JANIČIĆ Tadija

Artist Tadija JanicicBorn  1980 in Nikšić, Montenegro

Lives and works in Novi Sad.

 

1. Life was not Easy on Me, 2011

Oil on canvas

 

2. Offside, 2012

Oil on canvas

 

3. The Little Red Riding Hood Who Likes Tomato Sauce, 2015

Oil on canvas

 

4. Love Story, 2016

Oil on canvas

 

 

Irony, grotesque and paradox are Janičić’s favourite means of expression; however, he does not use them in order to convey any message/moral or mockery. His attitude toward the world could also be interpreted as voyeuristic, whereby what is seen is always and at the same time the reflection of the seer – of one’s intellectual, emotional and philosophical views, dilemmas and notions. The people who act in Tadija’s paintings are not really social subjects but objects who often take passive acceptance as their sole possible form of social participation and existence….

The gentle brutality of Tadija’s art, its visual appeal and seeming decorativeness – even with an undertone of the idyllic – additionally sharpens the emotional complexity and stratification of the scenes he presents. The paintings from the Love Story cycle testify to the place, role and status of intimacy today, in a world wherein emotion-related contradictions are intertwined and mutually conditioned to a degree higher than we can imagine where intimacy itself is by no means synonymous with closeness…. Janičić’s peculiarly sharpened sense of humour, (self-)irony, grotesque and paradox bring him close to those philosophical and emotional conditions that have, let me say, led the merry cynic of Croatian and European art Ivan Kožarić to his famed statement: I feel extremely happy about my feeling happy! Happiness, as a fabricated fetish – whether enacted and/or created via the media – is a commodity now clumsily used to hide and mask various psychological and social traumas and scars. The bodies in Tadija’s paintings seem to be in unison, depersonalized, directly shaped by banality as the prevailing ideology of today. More concretely, they show a symptomatic emptiness of meaning, content and suggest a constantly evasive purpose. Stuck in an immense gap between latent desire and the chronic (im)possibility of fulfilling it, the commonplace figures who populate Tadija’s paintings, bearing so much resemblance to us, have been caught in the trap of the world in which everybody keeps talking yet in which words have lost their weight and meaning since long ago….

—NEBOJŠA MILENKOVIĆ

 

Offside, Oil on Canvas

  • ALEXI-MESKHISHVILI Ketuta
  • BALADI Lara
  • BLANK Andreas
  • BORGERMANS Hilde
  • BOŽANIĆ Antonia
  • ČEKIĆ Jovan
  • DESTIL MARKOVIĆ Milovan
  • DJURDJEVIĆ Biljana
  • DRAŠKOVIĆ BOČKOV Kristina
  • EDEFALK Cecilia
  • EKICI Nezaket and SHAHAR Marcus
  • EPHEMERKI Jasna DMITROVSKA + Dragana ZAREVSKA
  • FAJFRIĆ Bojan
  • FUDONG Yang
  • HAHN Mariana
  • HOLZER Jenny
  • HUŠMAN Ana
  • IKEMURA Leiko
  • ILIĆ Siniša
  • IVKOVIĆ Ivana
  • JANIČIĆ Tadija
  • JOHANSSON Peter
  • k.r.u.ž.o.k
  • KANDL Johanna
  • KARAMUSTAFA Gülsün
  • KENTRIDGE William
  • KLOTZ Franziska
  • KOVAČ Irena
  • KRIPPENDORFF David
  • LAURANCE Janet
  • LEWANDOWSKI Via
  • LÜDEMANN Sarah
  • MARKOVIĆ Dejan
  • MAXIMOVA Natalie
  • MELHUS Bjørn
  • MILADINOVIĆ Anuk
  • MILAK Radenko
  • MILISAVLJEVIĆ Olga
  • MOFFATT Tracey
  • NIKOLIĆ Nemanja
  • PERIĆ Vladimir i Milica
  • PHILIPSZ Susan
  • PIROGOVA Sasha
  • RADULOVIĆ Siniša
  • RAEDLE Rena & JEREMIĆ Vladan
  • REINHARD Aurora
  • RUBIKU Anila
  • SAVADOV Arsen
  • SCHMALE Toni
  • SELANDER Lina
  • SHIROKI Asako
  • SKOKO Snežana
  • SOLAKOV Dimitar
  • STANOJEVIĆ Jovanka
  • Susan PHILIPSZ
  • TOMIĆ Miloš
  • TRPKOVIĆ Jelena
  • VASILEVA Mariana
  • VEPREVA Anastasia
  • VUČIĆEVIĆ Dejana
  • XUN Sun