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
rafał bujnowski’s book
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
ART FAIRS 2016
Raster for viennacontemporary fair in Vienna: Oskar Dawicki, Aneta Grzeszykowska, Peter Puklus, Zofia Rydet
ARTISTS IN ACTION
“The battle of good vs. evil” is the title of a performative action by Zbigniew Libera that was part of a 24-hour-long art project “Long cycle” in the national theatre Stary Teatr in Kraków. Two pairs of wrestlers fought non stop over night on June 5 in the theatre foyer.
exhibitions in warsaw
“May 2066″ is a three-chapter story about time.
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.
Bujnowski’s works strike a singular balance between his means and his subject. Upon observing their technical brilliance, one might suspect that this particular technique determines the subject of his canvas. And yet the opposite is true – each particular subject calls for a special means and so in the ideal constellation of what we are dealing with, the applied technique reveals a deeper level of meaning within the representation.
Slavs and Tatars call for a rescue of the 400-year-old Trakai cucumber which sadly didn’t survive the second World War.
An obscene hand gesture specific to Turkic and Slavic cultures, “Figa” revisits the old Egyptian proverb: “Life is like a cucumber: one day in your hand and one day in your ass.”