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.”
Whether in North America, Europe, the Middle East or Asia, we’re increasingly sour on power.
Pan Chrzan is the main hero of Slavs and Tatars’ body of work on Pickle Politics.
art fairs 2016
Raster at LISTE in Basel: Rafał Bujnowski, Michelle Rawlings, Slavs and Tatars (booth 0/10/1)
A premiere of a new series of graphics or rather an abstract linocut wallpaper by Rafal Bujnowski in Berlinskej Model gallery in Prague
A special auction of photography will be held at Raster on May 12, 2016, to support the Jerzy Lewczyński Institute and Raster’s publishing activity.
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.
Rafał Bujnowski at Art Basel, “Walser” movie by Libera and “Performer” movie featuring Dawicki
Premiere of the Mister D. music video directed and designed by Maria Strzelecka accompanied by an exposition of the intricate set used in the clip.
The conversion of a language from one script to another is a routine act of alphabet penitence. The reason we do so hurriedly—with a dose of chagrin, holding our noses, on the back of a scrap of paper—stems in part from transliteration’s maligned status. One thing is clear: translation it is not. Alas, transliteration is the trashier younger sibling of translation, its more prestigious, older sister.
In his paintings from the “Perspective Trap” series Bujnowski explores the concept of an illusion of a three-dimensional object in a way that undermines traditional ways of looking at an image.
A new series of nocturnal landscapes is an example of a maximal synergy between the painter’s means and his subject.