Polish Cultural Institute
POLAND-U.S. ARTISTS-IN-RESIDENCE EXCHANGE PROGRAM
Sunday, October 1, 2006 - Thursday, November 30, 2006
A series of Public Performances Through Nov. 30
The locations and dates
Exhibition showing documentation of her public actions
Art in General
79 Walker Street, New York, NY Tel: 212.219.0473
Hours: Tue. through Sat., 12-6 PM
Whether actions, videos, or sculptures, the Polish artist Julita Wojcik describes her work as an exploration on the theme of the commonplace. Her actions appear ordinary, but are usually performed in an atypical place or situation. For her actions, Julita has sat down and simply peeled potatoes, plenty of them, and continuously, at the Zacheta National Gallery of Art in Warsaw; she has worn an apron and swept, fruitlessly, the floors of a once popular and now abandoned textile factory in the city of Lodz; she has connected her kayak to a dock on the River Duagava, and rowed relentlessly to bring closer two Latvian neighborhoods before new urban developments cause gentrification.
For her residency at Art in General, Julita Wójcik has conceived a new action-based work where art, the ordinary, lifestyle, training, and performance can all be explored at the same time. She found ice skating as a conceptual knot for these interests and has been taking professional figure skating lessons to prepare for a series of appearances on public ice skating rinks throughout New York City. During these actions Julita performs in a special costume modeled on her girl/woman logo inspired by international gender symbols. A single channel video projection documenting Julita's classes and performances, updated each week as they happen, is presented in Art in General's Project Space gallery.
"Belonging to a generation that tries to erase the line drawn between art and life, she consciously turns the banality of life into a means of communication with the audience.[...] She is aware of the lost link between art and the audience and she wants to energize the discussion about art". - Aneta Szylak, Architectures of Gender: Contemporary Women's Art in Poland, exhibition catalogue, SculptureCenter, 2003
Julita Wojcik's residency is part of Art in General's Eastern European Residency Exchange, which gives artists the opportunity to create a new work in a new context and to meet and interact with art communities in Eastern Europe and New York City. Julita Wojcik's residency at Art in General is made possible thanks to the support of the Trust for Mutual Understanding and the Polish Cultural Institute in New York.
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