Exhibition & Residency:
March 1 – April 30, 2011
Konrad Smolenski is a multimedia artist, who expertly uses film, music, performance, and object. Irrespective of the chosen technique or a combination of them, the artist displays an above-average knowledge of the tricks of trade of each medium, an ability that has been known as artistry.
Technical perfection of Smolenski’s works comes as a surprise taking into consideration the subjects he takes on and the conspicuous presence of the vibrant and openly anarchist personality of the author, who is not so much an implicit trace but the cornerstone of this oeuvre.
Hypnotic movie stills and their virtuoso editing as well as soundtracks of powerful impact, painlessly introduce the viewer into an alternative field of perception, designed by Smolenski to ultimately destroy the viewer and confront him with the borderline experience of the brutally inevitable, such as decay or death. In spite of their uncompromising attitude, their display of ultimate subjects and a regular use of very intrusive forms, Smolenski’s works are balanced off by subtlety, with and unbounded liberty.
This residency was realized in collaboratorim with artists-in-residence laboratory, CCA Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw