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Artur Zmijewski
THE GAME OF TAG
in Six Feet Under: Make Nice

Tuesday, August 3, 2004 - Saturday, August 7, 2004
Opening reception: Wed., Aug. 4, 2004, 6-8PM

White Box
525 West 26th Street, New York, NY Tel: 212.714.2347

Work by Zmijewski curated by Norman Kleeblatt, Curator of Fine Arts, The Jewish Museum, with help from White Box Local 525. Make Nice concept by Larry Litt and Juan Puntes, organized by Raul Zamudio.


Make Nice is the theme of the fifth edition of White Box's annual summer series, Six Feet Under, which runs July 7 - September 4, 2004. As in previous years, Make Nice consists of exhibitions mounted by critics and curators who take possession of White Box's exhibition space for the duration of one week each. These exhibitions are viewed through the sidewalk-level large window and in (VIDEOBOX), a division of White Box located in another outdoor window.


Artur Zmijewski: Selected Works, 1998-2003 is one of the most stunning little collections of video art to hit this town in years... imagine Bill Viola meets John Cassavetes - Michael Brodeur, Weekly Dig, Boston, May 2004


Days after Artur Zmijewski's first U.S. solo exhibition at The MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, MA (Artur Zmijewski: Selected Works, 1998-2003, organized by Jane Farver, May 6 - July 11, 2004), his work The Game of Tag (1999) chosen by Norman Kleeblatt, Curator of The Jewish Museum, will be on show at Six Feet Under: Make Nice at White Box in New York City.


Artur Zmijewski (b. 1966 in Warsaw, where he lives and works), who had numerous shows worldwide, views his video art as a "commentary on the real structures of the real world." Most of his compelling videos look at relationships between so-called "normal" individuals and those with physical defects, challenging viewers' ideas about perfection and success. Zmijewski questions the limits of identity by removing the societal norms that steer perception and make us "at home" in ourselves. His video The Game of Tag (1999, 3.5 mins.) captures a spontaneous logic of that game as played by mostly middle-aged nudes, and as such, the interactions and rules of the film are focused to rely on individuals, rather than any trappings of social marking or self-image.


for full program of Six Feet Under: Make Nice, July 7-September 4, 2004, please visit

www.whiteboxny.org


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