Monday, December 26, 2011

X-mas



Christmas greetings from Polish firemen ;)

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

review and interview in Didaskalia





The latest issue of the monthly theatre journal "Didaskalia" feature the review of my "Backstage" exhibition accompanied by the long interview with me (both by Piotr Kosiewski). Unfortunately for Polish readers only.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Slava - studio visit
































A really nice visit at Slava's studio last week. A lot of fun :)

Thursday, December 15, 2011

BODY OF WORK - closing event




























Michael Stipe attended the closing event of my BODY OF WORK exhibition :)
photo by Slava Mogutin

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Saturday, December 10, 2011

DIK Fagazine BEFORE ’89 issue premiere at Printed Matter




































Launch and Discussion

DIK Fagazine, Issue 8. BEFORE '89
Karol Radziszewski in Conversation with Boshko Boskovic

Saturday, December 10, 5-7 PM
Printed Matter, Inc.
195 Tenth Avenue New York, NY 10011

DIK Fagazine is happy to invite you for the New York premiere of our newest "BEFORE ’89" issue at Printed Matter. Join us for a launch event Saturday, December 10th, 5-7PM, with editor Karol Radziszewski discussing topics addressed in the issue with Boshko Boskovic, Program Director of Residency Unlimited. The talk will start at 6PM.

The newest issue of DIK Fagazine, "BEFORE ’89," is the culmination of extensive archive work, as well as travels across Europe. Drawing from a range of contributors, the magazine traces a cultural legacy specific to Poland, while following a trail through Romania, Estonia, Latvia, Serbia, Hungary and the Czech Republic.

Wolfgang Tillmans, who first visited Warsaw in 2011, provides an account of the anniversary of the plane crash in Smolensk, celebrated in the overblown national-religious vein of the Polish right. Bruce LaBruce’s contribution gives the impression that he's describing a time when communism is alive and well, and not Poland in the year 2000.

The publication explores park cruising areas, train stations, beaches and other casual hook-up spots. Ryszard Kisiel shares the astonishing story of his zine titled "Filo", Slava Mogutin uncovers the story of homosexuals in the Soviet Gulags, and "BEFORE ‘89" conducts a search investigation for Michel Foucault’s Polish lover.

Contributors of DIK Fagazine 8th issue include Arobal, Wojciech Bąkowski, Bruce LaBruce, Boris L. Davidovich, Andrej Dubravsky, Paul Dunca, Christine Fenzl, Nan Goldin, Kamil Julian, Ryszard Kisiel, Slava Mogutin, Jaanus Samma and Wolfgang Tillmans.

DIK Fagazine is available at Printed Matter or online here

Printed Matter is the world's largest non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of publications made by artists. More info: www.printedmatter.org


Sunday, November 27, 2011

NYC gay clubs interiors





























details of selected NYC gay clubs interiors / all pics by me


Backstage screening - Brussels



























My BACKSTAGE screening at Pink Screens 10th Alternative Gender Festival, Brussels / photos by Kristof Van Hoorde

Thursday, November 17, 2011

BODY OF WORK - preparations



 


BODY OF WORK












































With the support of Residency Unlimited and the Polish Cultural Institute, I'm delighted to invite you for Body of Work, my first solo exhibition in the United States. Body of Work is comprised of the videos Ready 2 Die (2009) and Backstage (2011).

OPENING RECEPTION // Fri Nov 18 / 8-11PM
EXHIBITION // through Sun Dec 11
GALLERY HOURS // Sat & Sun / 1-6pm and by appointment
for more info: www.splatterpool.com

SPLATTERPOOL ARTSPACE
138 Bayard St
Williamsburg / Greenpoint, Brooklyn NY 11222


from the press release:

Karol Radziszewski defines himself as a conceptual artist. His non media specific practice is shaped by the manipulation of the viewer to succumb to varying aesthetic constructs devised by the artist to play with the notion of “what constitutes art.”
One such construct is Radziszewski’s use and representation of the male body. Ready 2 Die (2009) and Backstage (2011) are manifestations of his captive attention to the concept of masculinity in contemporary culture. In both videos Radziszewski makes fantasies come true as he objectifies and sensually peeps through the camera lens. The artist captures his models/actors tenderly on camera as he directs them whilst never being intimate with his subjects.
Ready 2 Die is a black and white record of a video performance undertaken in the Muzeum Sztuki in Lodz (Poland). Its structure recalls the conventions of conceptual art, performance and body art of the 70s. Radziszewski frames what the viewer can see by imposing his point of view and playing with multiple cameras. Questioning the concept of performance art, the artist sums this work as an ambiguous action of conscious voyeurism and “dressing” a naked male body in art.
Filmed inside an art gallery, Backstage is a collaboration between Radziszewski and a group of young men who responded to an ad soliciting their participation. During each casting session, Radziszewski questions his subjects on the topics of shame, exhibitionism and voyeurism. This work not only provides a reexamination of the art historical difference between appearing naked and posing nude but also examines how people rationalize being without clothes in an art venue versus a public space. To break down mental barriers and overcome embarrassment, Radziszewski asks his models to gradually take off their clothes over the course of the session, and to his surprise many are ready to engage willingly for the sake of art.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Backstage in Brussels






















My BACKSTAGE video will be presented at Pink Screens Film Festival

18 November 2011, 8 pm

PINK SCREENS #10
ALTERNATIVE GENDER FILM FESTIVAL
Cinéma Nova
Rue d’Arenberg 3
1000 Brussels