1mr Swan Point (Flocked Again), Michael Radyk, jacquard, woven of wool, recycled vinyl coated polyester, cotton and linen, 55” x 70” x 6”, 2013, $19,000
4mr Sow 1, Michael Radyk, recycled polyester, wool, linen, milk fiber, nylon, hand cut and manipulated quadruple cloth, 24” x 26”, 2012, $1,800
3mr Sow 2, Michael Radyk, recycled polyester, wool, linen, milk fiber, nylon, metallic threads, hand cut and manipulated quadruple cloth, 33” x 32”, 2012, $2,400
2mr Michael Radyk
Swan Point (Flocked)
jacquard, woven of wool, recycled vinyl coated polyester, cotton and linen. Each work varies depending on the size, cutting, flocking. The woven structure is related to quadruple cloth
55” x 31” x 6”, 2013, $8,000
Selected exhibition venues:
Lancaster Arts Museum, Pennsylvania (Fiber National); San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, California (International TECHstyle Art Biennial); Erie Art Museum, Pennsylvania (FOCUS: Fiber 2014-15); Eisentrager-Howard Gallery, University of Nebraska, Lincoln (Binary Fiction: Digital Weaving); Wichita Arts Center, Kansas; The Hambidge Center For The Creative Arts, Rabun Gap, Georgia (The Constant Thread); Local Lure Museum, Kherson, Ukraine (Fibremen International, 1 & 4); Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, Massachusetts (Small Expressions); Wayne Art Center, Pennsylvania (CraftForms International, jurors, Bruce Pepich, Chief Curator, Racine Art Museum, Wisconsin; David McFadden, Chief Curator Emeritus, Museum of Arts and Design, New York); Crane Arts Building, Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Victory For Tyler, juror, Paulina Pobocha, Assistant Curator, Museum of Modern Art, New York); McLanahan Gallery, Penn State University, State College, Pennsylvania (solo exhibition); University of Wisconsin Design Gallery, Madison (N[e]W[e]ave: Five Contemporary Weavers); Textile Center, Joan Mondale Gallery, Minneapolis; Minnesota (Art Healing Lives); Ice Box Project Space, Crane Arts Building, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Inside/Outside the Box, Fiber Philadelphia); Center for the Visual Arts, Denton, Texas (Materials: Hard & Soft); Defoor Center, Atlanta, Georgia (Extreme Threads: Works in Fiber, Stitch and Surface); Society for Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Focus on Fiber: The Work of Michael Radyk and Timea Tihanyi, solo exhibition). Recipient: Visionary Award of Excellence: CraftForms International, Wayne Art Center; Grant: Ruth and Harold Chenven Foundation; Residency: Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts; Residency: Oregon College of Art and Craft; President’s Prize: FOCUS; Fiber 2014-15, Erie Art Museum.
The making of woven cloth is at the core of my artistic practice. My investigation into making cloth stems from those dualities inherent in its value, structure, meaning, production, visual impact, craft and history. What I hope to achieve in my cloth is an abstraction formed around dualities. In the work and textiles I produce there is a consistency of influences. As I weave my body around the halls of museums or my eyes around architectural references or words or my local surroundings, the layering of their influences start to overlap and under lap, touch and diverge. Using a multi-layered or mosaic-like approach to research is how I work. Weaving together a sort of atlas of influence and memory, my aim is to demonstrate the evocative power of images which occur/recur, to expose their impact, their nature, to explain how they function, how they infect one another.