Wojciech Bąkowski

BORN 1979, Poznań

Recurring motifs in Wojciech Bąkowski’s work include tunnels, spaces, and interiors, including the interior of the head. His animated films are like hypnotic visions: private, ultra-subjective statements in a characteristic “dirty” style. Bąkowski is a member of the Poznań-based collective Penerstwo, alongside artists such as Radek Szlaga, Piotr Bosacki, and Magdalena Starska. He graduated from the Poznań Academy of Fine Arts. Besides film animation, he practices audio performance, drawing, and the graphic arts. He obtained a master of arts degree in Prof. Leszek Knaflewski’s Audio Performance Studio, and an annex in Prof. Hieronim Neumann’s Animation Studio, 2005. He is also the leader of two music bands, KOT and Czykita. Member of the PINKPUNK association. Winner of the Views 2009 competition.

Wojciech Bąkowski

Problems with Getting Up

2009 / non camera film, BetaCam tape / / no. 0109 Creative CommonsCreative CommonsCreative Commons Licence 3.0    Wróć

Problems with Getting Up is a neurotic miniature on sleeplessness,” writes curator Michał Lasota. “The artist’s typical methods: ‘muddiness,’ and apparent clumsiness and rawness reach their climax here and serve to retune the viewer’s attention and sensitivity. In the degenerate aesthetics shine intelligent mental shortcuts as if from satirical drawings, as well as the standard painting tricks. Using absolutely minimal means of expression, Bąkowski builds a convincing alternative world, highly autonomous towards the dominant Adult, Rational, and Moral Reality. This is a small kingdom of freedom. In its nature, this alternative reality is similar to a child’s fantasy, which is why it needs no other justification than inner logic. Bąkowski creates a hyperrealistic world, indifferent to psychology and sociology; rather than just stylising it, he genuinely creates it in its entirety.”

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