"Art/Market" is a solo exhibition by artist Wojciech Gilewicz living and working between Warsaw, Poland and New York, the U.S. The expansive, multilayered film narrative on life’s precarity and its margins, labor and work of an artist juxtaposes images of exotic settings and globalized gentrification processes to address issues of (cultural) otherness, in-betweenness and non-belonging. A dozen video works make up the comprehensive presentation, encompassing ten years' worth of personal search, research, and filming in Asia between 2008 and 2018 in South Korea, China, Vietnam, Japan,and Taiwan.
Gilewicz's films of performative and painting interventions in urban space and, less often, in nature, as argues Magda Kardasz, curator of Zacheta National Gallery of Art in Warsaw, are not so much documentations of artistic actions as autonomous impressions, paradoxically, of a very well-thought-out structure and composition. Gilewicz films them himself using a tripod-mounted camera: a part of his performances which is a near-guerrilla-like action, sucking in the many unpredictable events street life offers. So obtained footage is then edited.
The films “reality-trap” viewers’perception, testing their ongoing interpretation of subsequent scenes, where elements of artistic intervention merge with harsh realities of the landscape,the artist’s actions with people’s day-to-dayness. Gilewicz’s work investigates labor, in particular, the grounding ingredient of human existence, as well as life of social outcasts and their survival techniques. The focus on social issues has been a recurrent theme of his entire oeuvre.
Exhibition venue: C8-8 Warehouse, Dayi Area, Pier-2 Art Center
Exhibition period: December 28, 2019 -January 12, 2020
Monday to Thursday: by appointment (until 18:00), please email: email@example.com;
Friday to Sunday: 12:00-19:00
Wojciech Gilewicz (b.1974) lives and works between Warsaw and New York. His media are painting, video, photography and installation, his practice extends to site-specific projects and performative actions. In his video art, each recorded frame becomes a species of a painting, fluidly registering adjoining social relations and activities taking place “outside” of artist’s actions. Gilewicz’s practice probes boundaries of art, space and social relations, reflecting on mechanisms and cultural determinants governing perception of our surrounding reality. In 2017, the Bunkier Sztuki Gallery of Contemporary Art in Krakow,Poland published STUDIO (http://gilewicz.net/ckfinder_pliki/files/STUDIO.pdf) ‒a comprehensive monograph of his work.That year, the artist established his free-of charge Beach64retreat (https://beach64retreat.wordpress.com/about/) in Rockaway, Queens, NY, a personal response to rising precarity in the cultural sector currently. This grass-root micro-level initiative destined for creative individuals is in its third season now.
His solo projects and exhibitions include Akiyoshidai,Labirynt Gallery, Lublin, Poland (2019);Hanoi Hello!, Arseanal Gallery,Bialystok, Poland (2019); Wojciech Gilewicz: Videos, Columbus State University,Columbus, USA (2017); Cuboids, Cuchifritos Gallery / Artist Alliance Inc, New York, USA (2015); Rockaway, Foksal Gallery,Warsaw, Poland (2015); Painter’s Painting, Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, Taipei,Taiwan (2013); Residency Unlimited, Flux Factory, New York, USA (2012); Foksal Gallery, Warsaw, Poland(2009); Front Room: Wojciech Gilewicz, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, USA(2008); Museum of Fine Arts, Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine(2007); Foksal Gallery,Warsaw, Poland (2005).
Video works by the artist were presented internationally in the framework of numerous screenings including Media Art Biennale WRO, Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin/Madrid, CURRENTS: Santa Fe International New Media Festival, and Hors Pistes Japon. The artist’s works were reviewed in Art Forum, ArtPulse, and Frieze among others. Gilewicz’ works are in many public and private collections in Poland and abroad, including Shanghai Himalayas Museum, China; Zacheta National Gallery of Art and CCA Ujazdowski Castle both in Warsaw, Poland; Omi International Arts Center, Ghent, USA, and MoCA Belgrade,Serbia. (www.gilewicz.net)