Karol Radziszewski

BORN 1980, Białystok

Karol Radziszewski - multi-media artist, creator of installations, photographer, video film director, author of interdisciplinary projects, painter. Graduate of the Faculty of Painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw (1999-2004). Co-author of the Szu Szu Flying Gallery. Publisher and chief editor of DIK Fagazine. Awarded with Polityka’s Passport award in 2009. In his works, Radziszewski disputes with the tradition of neo avant-garde, stereotypes ever present in contemporary art, as well as taboos. Participant of many joint and solo exhibitions in Poland (among others, the Zachęta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw; Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw; National Museum, Warsaw; Łaźnia Centre for Contemporary Art, Gdańsk; Muzeum Sztuki, Łódź) and abroad (among others: the Biennale in Prague; the New York Photo Festival, New York; the Biennale of Young Artists, Tallin; the Bat-Yam International Biennale of Landscape Urbanizm, Bat Yam; the Museum for Contemporary Art, Leipzig; the Museum of Contemporary Art Vojvodina, Novi Sad; the Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna; the New Museum, New York and the Cobra Museum of Modern Art, Amsterdam).

untitled, from the cycle Balance Exercises
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Karol Radziszewski

untitled, from the cycle Balance Exercises

2009 / acrylic, canvas / 100 x 73 cm / no. 0116 Creative CommonsCreative CommonsCreative Commons Licence 3.0 1/ 2 Wróć
Description

The Balance Exercises cycle relates to instruction pictures taken from textbooks published from the 1920’s to the 1950’s, for example those to do with first aid. Today, these drawings are extremely old fashioned, marked by the individuality of unnamed authors. For example, the “objective” characters have hairstyles or face details drawn in a way specific to those times. Even the situations presented, such as the Balance Exercises, are carried out with candle holders, and the scene of saving a drowned person is on the verge of staging and a real life situation. Hence the series of instructions becomes a series of subjective images.

By transferring illustrations from old books onto canvas, Radziszewski underlines the conventional and canonical presentation of male carnality. Balance Exercises are in line with interests the artist developed in his college years. At the same time, the paintings depict another motif developed for many years – that of concentrating on medium, and meanings which the medium brings to mind. Transferring a drawing onto a painting is an endeavour similar to when Radziszewski's earlier work, when he styled contemporary photographs into performances resembling historic documentations.

Karol Radziszewski

America is not Ready for This

2012 / video / 67'27" / no. 0135 Creative CommonsCreative CommonsCreative Commons Licence 2/ 2 Wróć
Description

"America is not Ready for This" is a video based on wide research by Karol Radziszewski and interviews with gallery owners, curators and artists associated with the art scene of the 70’s. The project was inspired by Natalia LL, an important neo-avant-garde personage, who stayed in New York for several months. The narration of the film is based on statements, often contradictory, of persons remembering her stay and activities in the United States. The narration also raises questions about gender, feminist and conceptual art. Another important theme of the project is the issue of artists from Eastern Europe aspiring to exist in Western art. Although the project is based on the statements of those involved in artistic movements of the 70’s, it is largely a modern self-portrait. It raises questions about the functioning of Eastern European artists in the global art world after the fall of the Iron Curtain.

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