the Polish Cultural Institute
Rafal Bujnowski, Aneta Grzeszykowska, Przemek Matecki and Jan Smaga in
Thursday, December 13, 2007 - Sunday, January 13, 2008
Opening: Thu., December 13, 2007, 7-9 PM
120 East Broadway, Fl. 6, New York, NY
Admission: $15, Tel: 212.608.6002
Hours: Wed.-Sun., 12-6 PM
"Raster Haircut" is the first presentation in New York City of the Warsaw-based Raster Gallery, one of the most influential contemporary art galleries in Poland. As the curators explain: "In contradiction to the Polish saying, "Don't split hairs in four", the exhibition is composed of works by four artists: Rafal Bujnowski, Aneta Grzeszykowska, Przemek Matecki and Jan Smaga. Most of them are most recent works, created or selected especially for this exhibition.
The exhibition does not have a subject - instead it has a main motif: hair. Hair as a characteristic, organic structure (often difficult to disentangle!), but also hair as a coiffure, a stylized form, a carefully designed shape, and also a sign of identity. "Raster Haircut", though, is not a proposal of yet another style or fashion, but rather an attempt to describe our artistic identity. "Raster Haircut" is not only a specific "hair-do", but above all it is our special way of seeing, which sometimes requires respectfully stooping down to examine every single "hair", whatever seems marginal and petty, and which at first glance is not always visible, even though - as with hair - we live with it every day. Thus "Raster Haircut" is simply a hair stylist's mirror, in which, as on the palm of the hand, one sees an unfolding process: sense slowly emerging from chaos, the promise of a new order."
Raster Gallery, which has been run since 2001 by curators and critics Lukasz Gorczyca and Michal Kaczynski, presents the best of the country's emerging young artists, and some from abroad. Located in top-floor quarters of a 19th-century apartment complex, it maintains its private, independent character as a meeting place while organizing a challenging, even subversive program of multidisciplinary activities, including screenings, discussions, and literary or musical events. Working both internationally and locally, Raster Gallery can combine the most progressive art achievements with the spirit of everyday social existence. It has become increasingly known abroad through its co-operation with foreign artists and galleries and through its presentations at such international fairs as Liste and Art Basel Miami Beach. Works by its artists are in several private and museum collections in Poland and abroad, including the U.S. Gallery artists: Azorro, Agata Bogacka, Michal Budny, Rafal Bujnowski, Oskar Dawicki, Zbigniew Libera, Marcin Maciejowski, Bartek Materka, Zbigniew Rogalski, Aneta Grzeszykowska & Jan Smaga, Wilhelm Sasnal.
To learn more about the gallery and the artists, please visit: www.raster.art.pl
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