Expo CHICAGO Art Fair Radenko Milak - solo

Radenko Milak (Bosnia, 1980) investigates the notion of private and public memory through the medium of painting. His watercolors and paintings are based on documentary photo, photojournalism, old newspaper, postcards, posters, documentary movie and other propaganda archives. His practice as an artist has always been heavily influenced by the idea that our relationship to the world and its history is largely determined by the uninterrupted and continuous flow of images that documents the world. In 2017, Milak was represented as the main artist at the National Pavilion of Bosnia and Herzegovina at the Venice Biennale.

Milak: ‘For me, the role of the image today is crucial, especially in the era of digital revolution. I am also very interested to understand the status of images today as a political fact to use them and to construct them as new versions of stories. This relationship has become even more important with the expansion of social networks and new information technologies. I’ve placed at the heart of my activity as a painter the question of what a painting could be at the age of the digital time and continuous accessibility to images. This global corpus of images, impossible to mentally embrace in its entirety, vast as it has become, is one of the fundamental elements of our imagination, be it individual or collective.’

EXPO CHICAGO – NASA: Secret Space Program

The ‘NASA: Secret Space Program’ watercolors are inspired by archive photographs of space programs led in total secrecy by NASA after World War II. These research programs were one of the beginnings of the mode of observation of the universe that keeps pushing further the unveiling of what is invisible to the naked eye such as dark energy, dark matter or black holes. At the same time, the aesthetic of these images reminds us of the black and white cinema of the 50s. His work is expressive and extremely subtle; two extremes that are not naturally present at the same time in an artwork. His dark stripes, spots and sweeps are honest, sharp and are directly transferred in different shades of black watercolor to paper, revealing the image in extreme details while making sure the painterly quality is not lost.

Entering its eighth year as a leading international art fair, EXPO CHICAGO, The International Exposition of Contemporary and Modern Art hosts more than 135 leading international exhibitors in Navy Pier Festival Hall, presented alongside one of the highest quality platforms for global contemporary art and culture. The exposition draws upon the city’s rich history as a vibrant international cultural destination, while engaging the region’s contemporary art community and collector base. The 2019 edition of EXPO CHICAGO will align with the 2019 Chicago Architecture Biennial (September 19, 2019 – January 5, 2020) and present various programs and events throughout Chicago during EXPO ART WEEK (September 16–22, 2019).

Vernissage:
Thursday, September 19 | 6:00pm–9:00pm

General admission:
Friday, September 20 | 11:00am – 7:00pm
Saturday, September 21 | 11:00am – 7:00pm
Sunday, September 22 | 11:00am – 6:00pm

EXPO CHICAGO is located at Chicago’s historic Navy Pier in the Festival Hall | 600 E Grand Ave, Chicago IL 60611

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Neil Armstrong testing the lunar landing research vehicle in 1968, 2019

  • watercolor on paper
  • 70 x 50 cm
Neil Armstrong testing the lunar landing research vehicle in 1968

1966-1967- Unmanned camera carrying the Lunar Orbiter looked as it circled the moon within 28 miles of its surface and took the pictures which were transmitted, 2019

  • watercolor on paper
  • 107 x 80 cm
1966-1967- Unmanned camera carrying the Lunar Orbiter looked as it circled the moon within 28 miles of its surface and took the pictures which were transmitted

Dark matter, 2019

  • watercolor on paper
  • 107 x 80 cm
Dark matter

Echo Satellite, 2019

  • watercolor on paper
  • 70 x 100 cm
Echo Satellite

Feb. 10, 1961. Ham the Chimpanzee in the space, 2019

  • watercolor on paper
  • 70 x 50 cm
Feb. 10, 1961. Ham the Chimpanzee in the space

Hublle in the Space, 2019

  • watercolor on paper
  • 107 x 80 cm
Hublle in the Space

Lunar surface, 1969, 2019

  • watercolor on paper
  • 35 x 25 cm
Lunar surface, 1969

Progressive stages in ascent of unsucessful Junpiter C rocket carrying Explorer II in its nose, 2019

  • watercolor on paper
  • 35 x 25 cm
Progressive stages in ascent of unsucessful Junpiter C rocket carrying Explorer II in its nose

Sunset - Mars, 2019

  • watercolor on paper
  • 35 x 25 cm
Sunset - Mars

Rover on the Mars, 2019

  • watercolor on paper
  • 35 x 25 cm
Rover on the Mars

Satellite in the space 2008, 2019

  • watercolor on paper
  • 70 x 50 cm
Satellite in the space 2008

Skylab 1Saturn V space vehicle is launched from Pad A, Launch Complex 39, Kennedy Space Center, Florida, at 1200 noon (EDT), May 14, 1973, 2019

  • watercolor on paper
  • 107 x 80 cm
Skylab 1Saturn V space vehicle is launched from Pad A, Launch Complex 39, Kennedy Space Center, Florida, at 1200 noon (EDT), May 14, 1973

Supersonic Wind Tunnel at what is now the Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, 2019

  • watercolor on paper
  • 70 x 50 cm
Supersonic Wind Tunnel at what is now the Glenn Research Center in Cleveland

The Command and Service Modules (CSM) in lunar orbit around the Moon, as seen from the Lunar Module (LM) after separation during NASA's Apollo 10 mission, 22nd May 1969, 2019

  • watercolor on paper
  • 35 x 25 cm
The Command and Service Modules (CSM) in lunar orbit around the Moon, as seen from the Lunar Module (LM) after separation during NASA's Apollo 10 mission, 22nd May 1969

The Horn reflector antenna at Bell Telephone Laboratories in Holmdel, New Jersey was built in 1959 for pioneering work in communication satellites for the NASA ECHO I, 2019

  • watercolor on paper
  • 70 x 100 cm
The Horn reflector antenna at Bell Telephone Laboratories in Holmdel, New Jersey was built in 1959 for pioneering work in communication satellites for the NASA ECHO I

Project Echo Nasa, 2019

  • watercolor on paper
  • 70 x 100 cm
Project Echo Nasa

Project Echo Nasa II, 2019

  • watercolor on paper
  • 70 x 100 cm
Project Echo Nasa II

Secret Space Program VI, 2019

  • watercolor on paper
  • 70 x 50 cm
Secret Space Program VI

Secret Space Program V, 2019

  • watercolor on paper
  • 70 x 50 cm
Secret Space Program V

Secret Space Program IIII, 2019

  • watercolor on paper
  • 70 x 50 cm
Secret Space Program IIII

Secret Space Program III, 2019

  • watercolor on paper
  • 70 x 50 cm
Secret Space Program III

Secret Space Program II, 2019

  • watercolor on paper
  • 70 x 50 cm
Secret Space Program II

Secret Space Program I, 2019

  • watercolor on paper
  • 70 x 50 cm
Secret Space Program I

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