Christian Tomaszewski

BORN 1965, Gdańsk

Christian Tomaszewski, born in 1971 in Gdańsk. Graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Poznań (known today as the University of Arts) and the International Studio and Curatorial Program in New York. His works were exhibited at, among others, the Sculpture Center, Bronx Museum, the Performa biennale (with Joanna Malinowska), the Drawing Center in New York, the Center for Contemporay Art Ujazdowski castle and Zachęta National Gallery of Art in Warsaw. Scholar of the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in New York. Teacher at the Sculpture Faculty at the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia. Tomaszewski is in particular interested in the role of the language of film, avant-garde art and modern utopias, which impact the collective imagination. Some of his works are created together with Joanna Malinowska.

untitled #4 (Indira Ghandhi) from the cycle Hunting for Pheasants
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Christian Tomaszewski

untitled #4 (Indira Ghandhi) from the cycle Hunting for Pheasants

2007/2008 / pencil, ink jet print, paper / 71 x 53 cm / no. 0131 Creative CommonsCreative CommonsCreative Commons Licence 1/ 3 Wróć
Description

“Hunting for pheasants” uses the aesthetics of the classic film poster. Of particular importance is the impact of the Polish School of Posters. A great deal of works present public figures killed in assassinations: Rasputin, Indira Gandhi, William McKinley, Konca Kuris, Martin Luther King, Lev Trotsky. However, these works are not elegies. The artist is interested in the impact of events of major political implications on the collective imagination. Reality is sampled with fiction. Tomaszewski mixes different realities, for example the characters from “Natural Born Killers” by Oliver Stone can be found among true characters. From under Ghandi’s photograph we see the names of French actors. The work depicting Rasputin is designed as a tabloid magazine cover, with hints of constructivist avant-garde. Tomaszewski examines how media space links reality with fiction and shapes the collective memory. 

untitled #6 (Grigori Rasputin) from the cycle Hunting for Pheasants
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Christian Tomaszewski

untitled #6 (Grigori Rasputin) from the cycle Hunting for Pheasants

2007/2008 / pencil, ink jet print, paper / 71 x 53 cm / no. 0132 Creative CommonsCreative CommonsCreative Commons Licence 2/ 3 Wróć
Description

“Hunting for pheasants” uses the aesthetics of the classic film poster. Of particular importance is the impact of the Polish School of Posters. A great deal of works present public figures killed in assassinations: Rasputin, Indira Gandhi, William McKinley, Konca Kuris, Martin Luther King, Lev Trotsky. However, these works are not elegies. The artist is interested in the impact of events of major political implications on the collective imagination. Reality is sampled with fiction. Tomaszewski mixes different realities, for example the characters from “Natural Born Killers” by Oliver Stone can be found among true characters. From under Ghandi’s photograph we see the names of French actors. The work depicting Rasputin is designed as a tabloid magazine cover, with hints of constructivist avant-garde. Tomaszewski examines how media space links reality with fiction and shapes the collective memory.
 

untitled #56 (Eye in the Tube) from the cycle Hunting for Pheasants
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Christian Tomaszewski

untitled #56 (Eye in the Tube) from the cycle Hunting for Pheasants

2008 / pencil, spray paint, ink jet print, paper / 71 x 54 cm / no. 0133 Creative CommonsCreative CommonsCreative Commons Licence 3/ 3 Wróć
Description

“Hunting for pheasants” uses the aesthetics of the classic film poster. Of particular importance is the impact of the Polish School of Posters. A great deal of works present public figures killed in assassinations: Rasputin, Indira Gandhi, William McKinley, Konca Kuris, Martin Luther King, Lev Trotsky. However, these works are not elegies. The artist is interested in the impact of events of major political implications on the collective imagination. Reality is sampled with fiction. Tomaszewski mixes different realities, for example the characters from “Natural Born Killers” by Oliver Stone can be found among true characters. From under Ghandi’s photograph we see the names of French actors. The work depicting Rasputin is designed as a tabloid magazine cover, with hints of constructivist avant-garde. Tomaszewski examines how media space links reality with fiction and shapes the collective memory.
 

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