Janek Simon <br> SIXTEENTH WORLD

WARSAW GAL­LERY WEEK­END 2023

Janek Simon
SIXTEENTH WORLD

The work of Janek Simon grows out of experien­ces of travel between diverse cul­tures, economies and visions of the future, which the artist com­bines using innovative digital tools and DIY practice. The sculp­ture series “Meta Folklore”, executed over the past two years, is an artistic, tech­nological and political fantasy—a vision of a new, univer­sal art created using artificial intel­ligence fed by a database of thousands of non-​academic sculp­tures from all over the world.

Oskar Zięta <br> COURTYARD SCULPTURES

WARSAW GAL­LERY WEEK­END 2023

Oskar Zięta
COURTYARD SCULPTURES

Oskar Zięta’s design prac­tice derives from a moder­nistic ethos of innovation and tech­nology which drives aesthetics. The point of depar­ture for the project prepared especially for the Raster Sculp­ture Garden is the figure of the rug-​beating frame typically found in the cour­tyard of a housing com­plex, from which the artist explores a sur­prising space between func­tional garden fur­niture and an abs­tract, futuristic spatial forms.

Alicja Pakosz <br> VORTICES

EXHIBITIONS 2023

Alicja Pakosz
VORTICES

The first individual show at Raster by Alicja Pakosz (born 1996) is a nar­rative woven around the figure of a toxic landscape—obsessively retur­ning as a clas­sic motif from the history of pain­ting and also a vision evoking fear, an under­lying anxiety. An image appearing in the least expec­ted moment like hal­lucinations pres­sing under the eyelids. Something morbid and not entirely benign. The artist plays out this story like film frames in a series of pain­tings in two dif­ferent scales and a fully-​formed diorama.

Zofia Rydet <br> ENDLESSLY DISTANT ROADS

EXHIBITIONS 2023

Zofia Rydet
ENDLESSLY DISTANT ROADS

Zofia Rydet (1911–1997), creator of the iconic Sociological Record and the fan­tastic World of Feelings and Imagination, was an artist gifted with a sense for observing the entropy of the world around her. This excep­tional photographic per­spec­tive is revealed in all its power in the series Endles­sly Distant Roads, executed in 1980. In the exhibition at Raster, we present a selec­tion of 40 photographs from this unusual and rarely shown collection.

Rafał Bujnowski, Peter Puklus, Zofia Rydet<br>1000 HANDS

2019 exhibitions

Rafał Bujnowski, Peter Puklus, Zofia Rydet
1000 HANDS

Metaphorically and seasonally, the exhibition 1000 Hands suits the climate of the pre-​spring thaw, illuminating a land­scape of exhaustion and approaching, intuitively sensed change. In Polish literature this metaphor car­ries a political dimen­sion. In the works shown together here by Rafał Buj­now­ski (1974–), Peter Puklus (1980–) and Zofia Rydet (1911–1997), what is vital is the very process of trans­for­mation, and the accom­panying ambivalence, the tem­perature of inter­per­sonal relations and the poten­tial of the human hands from the title.

If I Were the Moon

warsaw gal­lery week­end 2018

If I Were the Moon

The post-​romantic figure of the drun­ken artist is fading into the past, leaving behind a land­scape lit­tered with hal­lucinations, depravity, and shat­tered illusions. This is the story of the intimate ties between con­tem­porary art and vodka. Con­ceived as a medley of artworks and documen­tary con­tent, the exhibition features Krzysztof M. Bed­nar­ski, Olaf Brzeski, Michał Budny, Rafał Buj­now­ski, Oskar Dawicki, Edward Dwur­nik, Władysław Hasior, Jerzy Lewczyński, Honorata Martin, Dominika Olszowy, Zbigniew Rogal­ski, Wil­helm Sasnal, and others.

Nobuyoshi Araki, Aneta Grzeszykowska, Eva Koťátková<br>FOREIGN BODIES

2018 exhibitions

Nobuyoshi Araki, Aneta Grzeszykowska, Eva Koťátková
FOREIGN BODIES

Contemporary visual cul­ture treats the body as a plastic material that can be formed, shaped, distor­ted and defor­med as needed or desired. The images gathered for our exhibition are a special col­lec­tion of such bodies sub­jec­ted to various treat­ments and forms of sub­duing and con­trol­ling the body.
The cosmetic masks photographed by Grzeszykow­ska effec­tively reshape the artist’s face. The school les­sons in anatomy in Koťátková’s col­lages results in decon­struc­tion of the holistic unity of body and psyche. Araki’s nudes fran­kly address sexual prac­tices groun­ded in domination.

Friend of a Friend

2018 exhibitions

Friend of a Friend

“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. 

Przemek Matecki<br>SMALL PAINTINGS

2018 exhibition

Przemek Matecki
SMALL PAINTINGS

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.

Oskar Dawicki<br>MARY

2017 shows

Oskar Dawicki
MARY

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.

Waldemar Baraniewski<br>Pałac w Warszawie

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Waldemar Baraniewski
Pałac w Warszawie

“Pałac w War­szawie” by Wal­demar Baraniew­ski, a book from our architec­tural Warsaw series of publications, with a special photograph by Błażej Pindor in limited edition of 30 copies.

BYT

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BYT

A series of black and white photographs showing figures “found” in the shape of bran­ches, made of sticks, gras­ses, hay.

Gutt’s Warsaw

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Gutt’s Warsaw

“Romuald Gutt’s Warsaw” by Błażej Pindor, a book from our architec­tural Warsaw series of publications, with a special photograph by the artist in limited edition of 30 copies.

Photographs

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Photographs

Collector’s edition of Zbigniew Libera’s “Photographs” album with a limited edition miniature format of his “First Day of Freedom” 2012 photograph.

& Jan Smaga<br>Private Archive

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& Jan Smaga
Private Archive

A joint col­lec­tion of photographs to which Grzeszykow­ska and Smaga refer to as their “private archive” is on the one hand a peek into the back­ground of the couple’s artistic prac­tices, on the other—provides an indelible record of life in such a partnership.

Message

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Message

The only exam­ple still for sale of the excep­tional early sculp­tural works by Budny that laun­ched the artist’s inter­national career.