In his latest works, Dudek references his own biography of memories - memories that are intrinsically tied to Poland and the exact moment he left the country, in 2001. His youth was heavily doused with intense experiences within the realm of football fanatics. The extreme violence that he was witness to during his adolescence became a point-of-reference in his art. In fact, his career as an artist sprung from an escape from this volatile environment. He began with copies of reproductions of the "Great Painters" series, and later took up art studies in Salzburg and London. 15 years later, he presents a very personal expression of artistic intent, in which his reflections of the violent souvenirs of the past are woven together with ideas on the subject of art.
Opening of the exhibition: December 5th (Saturday), 2015 | at 6:00 pm
7:00 pm - performance by Marcin Dudek
8:00 pm - preformance by Siegfried Zaworka
Marcin Dudek's performance consists of the active engagement of the artist within the context of the installation/reconstruction of his room in a Krakow apartment block. The room served as both his bedroom and his art studio. His directs his aggressive gestures towards a space that was his first and primary abode, but also a space of isolation. In conducting this intervention within the piece, Dudek shifts and manipulates its structure, which, in turn, then begins to actively participate in the creative process.
b. 1979 in Krakow. Lives and works in Brussels and Krakow.
After leaving Poland aged 21, Marcin Dudek studied at the University of Art Mozarteum, Salzburg, and Central Saint Martins, London, graduating in 2005 and 2007 respectively. His work has been exhibited internationally at institutions including Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Kunstlerhaus, Salzburg, the Arad Art Museum, Bunkier Sztuki and the Goethe Institute, Kiev. His installation “The Cathedral of Human Labor”, 2013, in on permanent view at the Verbeke Foundation in Antwerp.
Siegfried Zaworka aka SMEGMAGNOM plays synthesizer, drum kit and his voice simultaneously. The performance AUA- LAIT for the exhibition HEADS IN THE SAND is generated out of loosely rivited musical motives, ranging from manic/ecstatic to downtrodden and depressive. Bipolar in the basis, the Olé,Olé,Olé song serves as a rudimentary common musical greeting of anger ridden bliss.
b. 1972 in Wolfsberg. Lives and works in Vienna.
Austrian artist and musician. In his performances simultaneously uses various instruments and equipment (drums, organ, synthesizers, etc.). He studied at the University of Art Mozarteum, Salzburg and Universität für angewandte Kunst in Vienna. His works and performances have been presented, among others, at Lust Gallery in Vienna, Kunstverein in Salzburg, White Box, in Munich, Waterside Contemporary and The Others in London.
partners of the exhibition:
Harlan Levey Projects