LARGER THAN LIFE
The American Effect: Global Perspectives on the United States, 1990-2003
curated by Lawrence Rinder
Thursday, July 3, 2003 - Sunday, October 12, 2003
Whitney Museum of American Art
945 Madison Avenue at 75th Street, New York, NY
Pawel Kruk, one of the best among younger Polish artists, makes his U.S. debut in the exhibition The American Effect, showing critical approaches to the United States by artists around the world over the past decade.
For Polish artist Pawel Kruk, impersonating the basketball star Michael Jordan is a way to gain access to what he perceives as an emblematically American aspiration to perfection. His single-channel video, Larger Than Life, is a faux interview with Jordan, in which Kruk himself plays the role of the basketball superstar, using lines borrowed from Jordan's 1993 autobiography Rare Air: Michael on Michael. "I don't remember the fall of communism", says Kruk, "but the day of the first televised NBA game in Poland is a day that changed my life. For me, Michael Jordan is the embodiment of the American possibility of achievement." - Lawrence Rinder, from the exhibition catalogue
Pawel Kruk, born in 1976 in Koszalin, Poland, lives and works in Warsaw. He graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Poznan with a degree in drawing. The video Larger Than Life is his diploma work. Pawel Kruk was an Artslink 2002 Fellow.
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