The Russian Cyrillization of Polish was introduced in the Russian partition in the nineteenth century. Two Polish letters in particular were problematic: the “ą” and the “ę.” These nasals had disappeared from
most other Slavic languages. The solution came via letters from the Old Slavonic language, Ѫѫ (big yus) and Ѧѧ (little yus): Naughty Nasals underline the affront of Orthodox- Cyrillic on a Catholic-Latin identity. Slavs and Tatars have transformed
the letters into furniture resembling portable confession booths.
Hellish Road, Earthworms, The Nightmare, Strangling, Snake & Tit—we are showing these and other works painted in recent months, weeks and days in an exhibition of three young artists working in the Kraków district of Zabłocie. The “potency” from the title is the name of the small gallery they founded together and have operated for the last couple of years, but also an expression of a ravenous appetite: for unfeigned emotions, for painting every day and grabbing pictures by the throat. A Warsaw premiere of the most promising painting formation to rise up in recent years.
The fabric of the skin, wrinkles, hand gestures. The joint exhibition of works by Zofia Rydet (1911–1997) and Aneta Grzeszykowska (born 1974) is a show of two artists who use the camera to construct captivating and rhetorically rich images of the female body.
Another book from the “Warsaw” series—photographs from years 1915-2016
Włodzimierz Borowski’s Artons, from which the title of Jan Smaga’s exhibition is taken, is one of the most intriguing and original series of works in the history of Polish modern art. Their striking materiality and amorphous, introverted structure inspired Smaga, a photographer often working with exhibiting institutions and well-known for his experimental documentation techniques, to conduct his own creative process based on the legendary works of Borowski. Using photography, Smaga broke the Artons down into elementary particles, in order to reassemble them into a new, two-dimensional whole—a kind of visualization of the cosmos interwoven in the material of art.
ART FAIRS 2016
Raster at NADA Miami Beach: Rafał Bujnowski, Aneta Grzeszykowska, Michelle Rawlings, Janek Simon, Mika Tajima. Booth 3.10
Razem Pamoja Foundation from Kraków organized Bartek Materka’s exhibition in Mathare Art Gallery, located in the Mathare slums of Nairobi, Kenia.
Warsaw Gallery weekend 2016
The works of Rafał Bujnowski continually engage in a dialogue with the fundamental properties of painting. The artist is interested in what paintings are essentially for, how they function in architectural and social space, but also the manner of their creation. These considerations have led him to radical solutions and far-reaching formal restraint. The phenomenon of his painting consists in the constant balancing between representation and the illusion of representation. The painting process, often purely mechanical, leads to surprising results and launches another, symmetrical, process of reading the completed painting, which depends on the variable lighting, distance, and the involvement of the viewer.
2016 art fairs
Raster at FIAC in Paris: Olaf Brzeski, Michał Budny, Rafał Bujnowski, Aneta Grzeszykowska, Marcin Maciejowski, Slavs and Tatars
Wykonane tuszem kompozycje z serii “Człowiek na drzewie” to opisana najprostszymi środkami plastycznymi metafora uwikłania, ale też swoistego azylu i ukrycia.
An artist book complementing Rafał Bujnowski’s solo show at Zachęta—National Gallery of Art
“The Epic Love Story of a Warrior – A Trilogy and Epilogue” follows the events and conflicts of the 20th century seen through the eyes of a Central and Eastern European family but told through a fictitious story based on actual events, just transformed by an associative process.
A series of abstract tondi with different variations of a geometric, color-gradient composition.
ARTISTS IN ACTION
A group of artists led by Jakub de Barbaro, Agnieszka Polska and Jacek Simon has prepared an amazing holiday project: a traveling gallery called Szalona Galeria (Crazy Gallery) that will visit small towns all around Poland during a summer roadtrip in July and August. In each stop they will set a camp with a pop-up exhibition and art bookshop, followed by film projections