This exhibition works by Oskar Dawicki at the "Bunkier Sztuki" ("Art Bunker") will be the first solo show by this artist in Krakow, a city he has been living and working in for the last few years.
This exhibition works by Oskar Dawicki at the "Bunkier Sztuki" ("Art Bunker") will be the first solo show by this artist in Krakow, a city he has been living and working in for the last few years. The exhibit will not seek to be a retrospective or to summarize Dawicki's work during his time in the city. Instead, it will constitute an autonomous whole consisting of numerous works. These will include paintings, video projections and video performances and in situ works created with specific gallery spaces in mind. Supplementing this will be a recording of a performance from Dawicki's PRZEPRASZAM / I'M SORRY series, a work from the HOMAGE TO BRUCE LEE series, as well as a theoretical work exploring the identity of a Polish artist (drawing on the achievements of Oskar Dawicki as an example). Many of the works on view will be completely new pieces commissioned by the "Art Bunker."
A grand exhibition space featuring twenty "classical" paintings from the DZIESIECIOLECIE MALARSTWA / TENTH ANNIVERSARY OF PAINTING series will form the center of the exhibition. These canvasses will simultaneously be the core element in a game between their status as "paintings" and reality itself: the paint that covers them will read as a likeness, in this case creating the illusion that the canvasses are in fact fragments of their environment - the walls upon which they hang. In an adjacent room, the artist will present his multimedia response to this "traditional" section of the exhibition: an exact copy thereof in 1:1 scale rendered as a video projection (DZIESIECIOLECIE MALARSTWA 2 / THE TENTH ANNIVERSARY OF PAINTING 2). This space will also house a video performance in which Dawicki will appear as a magician.
The painting reference of the title may be surprising because thus far Oskar Dawicki has never before exhibited paintings. Yet as a title, THE TENTH ANNIVERSARY OF PAINTING carries many possible meanings. The simplest of these refers to a fact from the artist's biography: just over ten years ago Dawicki completed his thesis project for the painting degree he obtained from the art school he attended in Torun. Paintings also seem to be Dawicki's response to the challenge he perceived in the "Art Bunker's" decision to simultaneously present his exhibition alongside that of one of Poland's most renowned painters, Edward Dwurnik. A third interpretation centers on Dawicki's own reflections on the state of art in general. Until recently painting was the premiere visual art, remaining a vanguard of artistic transformation; although at present it has not disappeared as it was predicted it would, it has certainly lost much of its significance. From thence Oskar Dawicki's questions about art (Does it still exist? What is its role? Why should it still be produced today?), questions which invariably embody doubt, might just as well relate to the specific discipline of painting.
Dawicki's works and actions are usually mocking, stripped of pathos, yet also embody no conceit. His oeuvre seems to have issued forth from Dadaism. He produces art of resistance, art that promotes independent thinking and encourages the posing of hard questions. This is art at the end of innocence, suggesting questions we are afraid to answer yet which relate to the times we live in.
A catalogue containing an extensive and detailed chronology of Dawicki's life in art will accompany the exhibition.
Galeria Sztuki Wspolczesnej "Bunkier Sztuki"
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