The Weserburg modern art museum in Bremen, Germany, is showing a number of photos by Aneta Grzeszykowska from the Negative Book series in the museum’s “Artists’ Rooms” program.
This unique object of painted black steel, attached to the ceiling, evokes a certain state of mind of the artist.
PRZEMEK MATECKI BOOK
Published in this volume are part of a larger series of several hundred works created in 2016–2018 and exhibited in a show at Raster Gallery in February–March 2018. They were made using paper reproductions and oil paint on canvas. They are pictured here actual size.
ANETA GRZESZYKOWSKA BOOK
All eighty-four photographs from the “Negative Book” series by Grzeszykowska published in one album.
Przemek Matecki’s “Small Paintings” exhibition, showing at Raster in February and March 2018, has been the subject of numerous commentaries and we chose a few of them for you.
The knight’s armor alludes to the myth of the armed nation and its current pro-family policy.
Using the cosmetic masks referred to in the title, the artist creates a gallery of denatured, grotesque images. The female face hidden under the mask is subjected to clear deformation and loses its characteristic physiognomic features. The violent nature of advanced cosmetic treatments leads here to an association with extreme sexual practices, combat sports, and criminal disguise.
exhibitions abroad 2018
On the occasion of their first solo institutional exhibition in Germany, the artists turn to the enigmatic writer and philosopher Johann Georg Hamann.
“Friend of a Friend” is a concept based on the principle of friendly collaboration between contemporary art galleries. It puts together Warsaw-based spaces as hosts with international guests, and thus aims to establish an alternative platform for commercial galleries to present contemporary art. The group exhibition prepared at Raster will include works by Breyer P-Orridge (1950, UK) from Zurich’s Galerie Bernhard, Andrea Kvas (1986, IT) and Nick Bastis (1985, US) from Vienna’s Ermes-Ermes gallery, as well as Olaf Brzeski.
In his latest series of paintings, which he worked on nonstop for the past year or more, Matecki takes on the vastness of art. A tangible symbol of its fecundity is the heavy piles of superfluous exhibition catalogs and art magazines which the artist browses through in search of inspiring material for his own work. Matecki gives new life to reproductions, transforming them into sharp, witty miniature oil paintings. The treatments he applies generate surprising effects. Here art is submitted to an authorial compression and regains its vigor. Often with a single gesture, Matecki extracts the essence from the work of other artists and creates entirely new paintings exuding energy and humor, a kind of contemporary, masterly capriccio.
A collaborative fashion-and-art project between Rafał Bujnowski and Bytom, Polish luxury menswear label. A full range capsule collection is launched in limited edition to celebrate the encounter of contemporary Polish art and fashion.
Matecki gives new life to reproductions from exhibition catalogs and art magazines, transforming them into puzzling, witty miniature oil paintings, with a format not exceeding a frame of a 20×20 cm square.
Oskar Dawicki, a literary and film figure, an artist known as a practitioner of total performance, presents this time a dystopian narrative: a kind of script, or more precisely a reconstruction, of a performance originally directed in a dream. The central figure in his vision is a pregnant woman, the heroine of our times, nourisher of the unborn but also caretaker of the dead. As befits a doubting artist, the world of his creation is full of ambivalence.
2017 art fairs
Raster at NADA Miami: Rafał Bujnowski, Aneta Grzeszykowska, Przemek Matecki, Michelle Rawlings, Mika Tajima. Booth #3.07
warsaw gallery weekend 2017
Sourced from the multiple architectonic and technological realities that exist in Warsaw, the subjects of Tajima’s exhibition—machine, book, and body—are unseen. Instead they provide the underlying technical material for the hardware-laden sculptures and abstract woven textiles in AIR. Together the objects intimate a still obstinate and unreadable body in transformation. Skin perforated. Mind laced. Input ready. Configured for performance—work, pleasure, war. Not yet fully machine.
The exhibition at Raster will be the first individual show of the artist’s works in this part of Europe, premiering September 2017 as part of Warsaw Gallery Weekend.
After being shown at Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art, Warsaw, Pejman Foundation, Tehran, and SALT Galata in Istalbul, the collective’s first mid-career survey “Mouth to Mouth” is presented at CAC Vilnius.