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Artur Zmijewski, The Game of Tag/Berek, 1998, video, 3:40 min.
Artur Zmijewski in
IRREDUCIBLE: CONTEMPORARY SHORT FORM VIDEO

Wednesday, January 19, 2005 - Saturday, March 19, 2005
Opening Reception: Tue., Jan. 18, 7-8:30 PM
(exhibition and reception free and open to the public)


Logan Galleries, CCA Wattis Institute
California College of the Arts (San Francisco campus), 1111 Eighth Street (at 16th and Wisconsin), San Francisco, CA Tel: 415.551.9210
Hours: Tues.11-8, Wed.11-6, Thurs.11-7, Fri.& Sat.11-6; closed Sun. and Mon.

This international survey in which a leading Polish artist is represented brings together recent video works that are structured around a single situation, action or individual, often reinterpreting the process-oriented concerns of performance and conceptual art from the 1970s, while exploring an expanded social and psychological landscape. Artur Zmijewski, who will be representing Poland at the 2005 Venice Biennale, is an artistic radical who addresses the problems of personal and social space through human corporality and physicality, often creating situations in which so called "normal" people are to build a relationship with the disabled - and then recording what happens. Other works concentrate on human frailty and vulnerability: in The Game of Tag, nude men and women of varying age play tag as the camera follows their behaviour and relations - from childish, through erotic, to even a bit aggressive - unfolding in small concrete interiors, one of which is discovered in the end to be a former Nazi gas chamber. "What ultimately unites these diverse works is their ability to draw complex meanings from singular situations and actions," says Wattis Institute Director Ralph Rugoff, who calls the exhibition "an illuminating and provocative look at a vein of international video production that has become increasingly significant over the past decade." For complete information on "Irreducible" click here: www.wattis.org


?Zmijewski manages to combine elegant figurative composition with a hand-held, casually confrontational style - imagine Bill Viola meets John Cassavetes." - Michael Brodeur, The Weekly Dig, Boston, 2004


"None of this is exploitative, as Zmijewski's impassive, respectful lens [...] triggers an instinctive sympathy in the gallerygoer. [...] Zmijewski's emphasis on vulnerable bodies and faltering minds is a sharp reminder of the precariousness of the privilege of health." - Brian Sholis, Artforum, 2004


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