31/07-15/08 raster will be closed for summer break

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NEW EXHIBITION

Society of Rascals

For their second show at Raster, the Slavs and Tatars col­lec­tive presents an instal­lation in the form of a pickle-​juice bar. The title Society of Rascals (Towarzystwo Szubrawców) was drawn from the name of a now-​forgotten literary society of 19th-century Vil­nius, famous for its heavily ironic, caustic displays of satire that stood coun­ter to the self-​important stance of the roman­tics, their sooth­saying and exal­ted engagement in the nationalist discourse. The pic­kled juices served by the artists along with provocative lexical gym­nastics are meant to sug­gest an antidote for the pathos of Polish patriotism, while also expres­sing their own soured regard for any politics based on the oppositional binary of us-versus-them.

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2016 exhibitions

Salon of New Photography

This exhibition takes on the, per­haps, dated for­mula of the artistic salon, set­ting the emotional focus on individual images—works of photography and their distinct strength in replicating, con­struc­ting and injec­ting a dose of magic into reality. We invited a few dozen con­tem­porary artists to each exhibit a single work created in the past 2-3 years. The col­lec­tion on show, thus, is not only an assort­ment of the most intriguing exam­ples of new Polish photography, but also a record of the most magnetic – in the visual and emotional sense – obses­sions that drive each individual artist to act within the medium.

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2016 EXHIBITIONS

ACTIVITIES WITH FAMILY

In what way does the family life of artists merge into their art? Star­ting with the total prac­tice of KwieKulik, a pair of artists who introduced their own child and other relatives into their poetic-​structural “activities with a camera” in the 1970s, we take a look at how family ties and relations are tested in the public forum through the medium of art. So, does art work to create distance, or, conver­sely, does it con­tribute to a deeper under­stan­ding, empathy and unraveling of familial tensions?

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2015/2016 EXHIBITIONS

Michał Budny
CROWN

When con­sidering Budny’s works, one is con­sisten­tly awed by the noble, sub­dued power packed into those simple, natural gestures, materials and forms. The latest exhibition develops the fun­damen­tal themes within the prac­tice of this extraor­dinary artist in a new way—struggling with the material and the space, the emotions and the architec­ture. “Crown” is an exac­ting com­position of individual objects that cor­respond and, in turn, provoke one another. They are all con­nec­ted through a striking manifestational quality, precision and uncom­promising character.

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WARSAW GAL­LERY WEEK­END 2015

Olaf Brzeski
MEGALOMANIA

The disrup­tion of scale and weight, the fan­ciful use of material, the trans­ference of drawing into the physical space and an obses­sive imagination that revolves around the human figure—these are the stan­dard elements of Brzeski’s craft. “Megalomania” exhibition is a sculp­tural study of size, ambition and fragility – in which the artist will face off with figures and materials that appear in various ways hyper­bolic or imagined even.

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2015 exhibitions

Michelle Rawlings
A GENTLE CREATURE

Relatively small in size, Michelle Rawlings’ pain­tings come together as a sequence of images, much like a blog or instagram feed. Raw­lings referen­ces various styles and genres of pain­ting, adap­ting them to her individual scale and nar­rative. The realm of her visual pur­suits is in large part focused on represen­tations of young women and girls – artists, actors and models – as well as the formal lan­guage of con­tem­porary art.

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2015 exhibitions

Janek Simon
PEOPLE WITH THE HEADS OF DOGS

Simon’s many exotic trips over the past dozen years have served to develop his para-​artistic endeavors, vested on the frin­ges of economics, art and post-​colonial thought. His newest exhibition is an offshoot of these ear­lier experien­ces, as it also inverts the per­spec­tive of the artist as observer. Simon’s main topic of interest shifts from inter­cul­tural exchange towards the sub­jec­tive observations of a researcher-​traveler: exploration, and con­fabulation, too, of which the experien­ces of recognized travelers, repor­ters and artists are full of.

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2015 EXHIBITIONS

Sławomir Elsner, Zbigniew Rogalski
VIEW FROM THE DEPTHS OF THE EYE

A joint exhibition by Sławomir Elsner and Zbigniew Rogal­ski reveals images that customarily only artists are privy to – inside the studio and across land­scapes viewed from the depth’s of the painter’s eye. Each of these artists is fascinated by the conven­tions and the ethereal aspect of pain­ting, while the works on show also exhibit a self-​reflection on the typicality of the space in which art is created, and on the delusory nature of mankind’s visual apparatus.

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2015 EXHIBITIONS

Błażej Pindor
PAŁAC LX

In the 60 years since the erec­tion of Warsaw’s Palace of Cul­ture and Science, this peculiar architec­tural struc­ture remains an impenetrable aesthetic phenomenon. Błażej Pindor’s photography project is the first ear­nest attempt at an artistic inter­pretation of the space within and around the Palace. The essence of his photography is an analysis of the impact the struc­ture has on the viewer – dominating, rescaled, sel­fish and opulent beyond measure, at the same time raw and seductive.

2015 EXHIBITIONS

Jan Tomza-Osiecki
ISPC

Jan Tomza-​Osiecki is part of a generation for whom the inten­sive experience of vir­tual reality – via new media, the Inter­net, simple program­ming lan­guages, gaming, and 3D graphics and design – is key to creating works of art. His point of depar­ture is the abs­tract sculp­tural form, which he animates through the introduc­tion of sound, endowing it with real­ness and dynamism; the func­tioning of his interac­tive objects is based on a feed­back effect, which is typically con­sidered undesirable among engineers. The noisome issue of feed­back is now at the heart of the object’s pur­pose, opening up the field of experimen­tation and creating possibilities for gaining a new under­stan­ding for familiar spaces and the movement’s of one’s own body.

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2014 EXHIBITIONS

Aneta Grzeszykowska
SELFIE

Mistyfikacja należy do ulubionych metod twórczych Anety Grzeszykow­skiej. Artystka kon­sekwent­nie, wręcz obsesyj­nie rozkłada na części swój wizerunek, znika bądź pod­szywa się pod cudze tożsamości. Analiza procesów autokreacji­ – jed­nego z fun­damen­tal­nych tematów sztuki, ale także pod­stawowej kwestii dla kon­dycji dzisiej­szego, post­medial­nego społeczeństwa – ­jest również prze­wod­nim motywem naj­now­szej serii zdjęć.

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OGÓREK TROCKI

Slavs and Tatars call for a rescue of the 400-year-old Trakai cucum­ber which sadly didn’t survive the second World War.

RASTER EDITIONS


Lion

Znany z per­skiej mitologii motyw lwa pożerającego wojow­nika prze­niesiony w świat współczesnych kolek­cjonerów sztuki.

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FRAU (Birgitt Jürgenssen)

Grzeszykowska w swoim fotomontażu aktualizuje kon­cep­tualne studium autor­stwa Bir­gitt Jürgenssen z 1972 roku.

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From the “In the Car with R” series

Fotografia powstała pod­czas wyprawy artysty do Islan­dii i przed­stawia hydroelektrownię Karahn­jukar położoną w odległym, przy­lodow­cowym terenie.

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From the “Ephemerophytes” series

Artystka aranżuje misterne kom­pozycje lewitujących, polnych kwiatów polnych z osobistym, metaforycz­nym podtekstem.

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Sztuka z nerwów. Sztuka jeszcze raz to samo. Sztuka wyrywania zębami tego co się należy

Seria trzech oryginal­nych stem­pli z lat 1970. z hasłami ze słownika KwieKulik.

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Abstract Composition with a Photograph of a Stranger

A flag based on a wall com­position prepared by Matecki for his “Piastowski Square” exhibition at Raster (2009).