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    Wróć

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.

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