Friend of a Friend is the first Warsaw incarnation of a new model of cooperation between galleries, launched in London in 2016 under codename Condo. For this international venture eight Warsaw galleries are hosting over a dozen young galleries from Europe and America.
At Raster, together with Galerie Bernhard (Zurich) and Ermes–Ermes (Vienna), works are presented by Nick Bastis (US, born 1985), Andrea Kvas (Italy, 1986), Genesis Breyer P-Orridge (UK, 1950), and Olaf Brzeski (1975), known from Raster’s own program.
This is be the first time that those artworks can be viewed and purchased in Poland: a rice, glass beads, and grocery dividers installation by Bastis, Kvas’ paintings with removed stretchers, and polaroids by P-Orridge, known for performance art and affiliated with the avant-garde music scene in England. Their works are joined by new objects and sculptures by Brzeski: A Piece of Wood the Size of a Briefcase Is No Particular Thought in Its Pure Form. I Dropped It into the Sea and The Life of a Pipe II were drawn from the artist’s seaside gleanings. As in Bedazzlement, based on the mad flight path of a fly, the essence of the sculpting process relies here on producing a materially refined form depicting intangible states and dimensions of reality: the flow of time, the sense of boredom and aimlessness.
Nick Bastis, Grocery Diver Sound Emitters, 2018, aluminum and plastic grocery dividers, aluminum tubing, brass tubing, glass beads, rice, epoxy resin, aluminum, screws
Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, Mousetrap, 2016, cigar press, tampons, meunstral blood, resin, brass, ca. 63 x 38 x 13,5 cm