Wojciech Gilewicz

BORN 1974, Biłgoraj

Gilewicz’s paintings pretend to be fragments of walls, windowsills, flagstones, etc., and remain almost invisible to the viewer. The artist leaves them in public spaces, exposing them to the elements or the intervention of third parties. The blurring of the boundary between reality and its artistic representation, and the limits of human vision are themes that Gilewicz explores also in video and photographic projects. Wojciech Gilewicz graduated with an honorary mention from the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts in 1999, where he studied painting under Prof. Leon Tarasewicz. Since his 2000 debut at Biała Gallery, he has regularly shown his work at venues such as Foksal Gallery, Zendai MoMA Shanghai, CCA Ujazdowski Castle, SculptureCenter New York, and the Zachęta National Gallery of Art.

Binary City
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Wojciech Gilewicz

Binary City

2003 / oil, canvas / 125 x 105 cm / no. 0100 Creative CommonsCreative CommonsCreative Commons Licence 3.0    Wróć
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Binary City, a piece employing 1:1-scale replicas of reality, was created in two stages. First, in the autumn of 2003, the artist placed his paintings in four spots around Warsaw. Several months later, two had been lost and one, placed on a newsstand, had been twice repainted by the agent, unaware of participating in an artistic experiment. In the autumn of 2006, the two remaining Warsaw replicas were taken to Łódź and placed in settings where they could blend in with their environment. This time, to achieve the desired illusory effect, the artist performed artistic interventions around the paintings. The swap can be interpreted as an attempt to integrate the two cities, or as an investigation of the paradoxical potential of painting. The canvas is accompanied by three photographs of the sites on which it used to be displayed.

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