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Leaving the Nest – a text for Wimbledon MFA

In Art Basel, artists, Artprojx, Daata Editions, David Gryn, Frieze, MFA, Tate Modern, Uncategorized on 18/06/2016 at 1:27 pm

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The Outro text for Wimbledon College of Art MFA degree show catalogue

Leaving the Nest

The MFA course is graduating. A group of artists aged between 23 and 67 from countries all over the world. Now leaving the safety of a leading art school to enter the fray of the art world.

The art world eco-system comprises of artists, education, galleries, art fairs, museums and institutes, funders, collectors, curators, organisers, critics, advisors, auction houses, collaborations, project spaces and residencies. These all have their own inherent and combined hierarchies, secret codes, politics, processes and languages. It is sometimes impossible to fathom, seemingly unregulated and not always desirable. It has grey but very real borders, which govern and determine its outcomes, confirming the status of each other and generally the best wins out in this wholly abnormal creative, business and manufacturing process.

Ultimately the art world is yours – the artists, who make the art, to explore the unknown, utilise all mediums, show audiences new thoughts, horizons and aspirational aesthetics. A process to engage, educate, enthral, exude beauty, anger and banality.

In a world with dominant brands such as Frieze, Art Basel, Hauser & Wirth, Gagosian, Tate, MoMA it is very hard to see the wood for the trees. In the making of great art, there are often many layers of failure. The artists that fill these esteemed entities have not always been successful, not all they touch is gold, but what they do is to persevere, persist, be disciplined and exude a belief in their entire practice in their focussed pursuit of making art.

The art worlds ultimate winners are those who constantly strive to make the very best artworks, collaborate, communicate, take risk and are not basing their future on wealth creation, but on pure art making. Great things will happen if you truly believe in yourself and convey your message with confidence.

Be true, be believable, be an artist.

David Gryn, Director of Daata Editions and Artprojx and Curator of Film, Art Basel in Miami Beach

https://wimbledonshow2016.wordpress.com/

Sadie Coles HQ and Artprojx invite to Wilhelm Sasnal’s FALLOUT screening

In Art, Artprojx, Cinema, Culture, David Gryn, Entertainment, Fallout, Film, Film and Video, Film and Video Umbrella, Frieze, Frieze Art Fair, London, Performance, Prince Charles Cinema, Sadie Coles, Screenings, Shooting People, Stuart Comer, Tate Modern, Video, Video Art, Wilhelm Sasnal on 07/10/2010 at 8:22 am
You are invited to
FALLOUT by Wilhelm Sasnal
Sadie Coles HQ
in association with Artprojx presents …
the world premiere of
FALLOUT by Wilhelm Sasnal
Special screening during the week of the Frieze Art Fair
Friday 15 October 2010 at 10.30am
at Prince Charles Cinema
7 Leicester Place, Leicester Square
WC2H 7BY
Quote from the first screening:
“One of the most shattering experiences I’ve had at a cinema, it had a physical effect on me.  Not one moment of relief, totally remorseless. If the point was about daily life in the former Warsaw pact nations, and surely it was, then it made its point with a power I haven’t ever seen articulated so well. Stepping outside afterwards, the light was not only a relief but a surprise. Anyway, an experience I’ll remember for a while.”

 

Artprojx at Prince Charles Cinema

PRESS RELEASE …

FALLOUT by Wilhelm Sasnal
The world premiere screenings of a new film by Wilhelm Sasnal, 70 minutes, Poland, 2010, in Polish with English subtitles.
this is the brief moment after the disaster
when they crawl out of their holes

Sadie Coles HQ in association with Artprojx is delighted to announce a series of screenings of Fallout, the second feature film by Polish artist Wilhelm Sasnal, at the West End’s Prince Charles Cinema in October. Set in an unidentified region of Poland, Fallout glimpses at the decimated existences of men and women in the aftermath of a nuclear bombing. The largely nameless characters inhabit a wasteland of  junk-strewn garages and drab apartment blocks – locked in a listless waiting game that recalls the dramas of Samuel Beckett. Only the ghosts of human dynamics survive, fraught with undercurrents of sexual suspicion and decay. Men address each other using sardonic epithets – ‘Mr Bad’ or ‘Mr Kiddo’; and they observe and follow each other with ambiguous intent.Sasnal holds his characters at arm’s length, undercutting our instincts about them as their desperate interrelationships shift and expire, to form an acute and unnerving picture of personal and social degeneration.

Wilhelm Sasnal has emerged in the last decade as one of Europe’s most celebrated figurative painters as well as a prolific maker of short films shot on 8mm or 16mm camera. Fallout demonstrates his engagement with Polish avant-garde cinema from the 1940s works of Stefan and Franciszka Themerson to the punk music videos of the 1970s. In particular, the film foregrounds the relationship between picture and sound: its discordant, tremulous soundtrack merges with interior noises while mirroring the phases of wobbly footage shot on a handheld camera. As in Sasnal’s short films, the influences of music video and poststructuralist cinema combine to evoke ‘personal cinema’ – the privately produced short films which proliferated among Polish artists during the Communist regime, and which often overlaid the banal details of life with whimsical fantasies. A painterly sensibility furthermore threads through the film, which echoes the off-kilter angles, minute observations and mundane subjects of Sasnal’s canvases.
The characters of Fallout find parallels to their dystopian world in stories and dreams: ‘Mr Bad’ speaks of Siparis, the sole survivor of a volcanic eruption, while a doctor relates how she has been “dreaming of mice lately, young and old, all sick”. Fallout is itself a social fable in the mould of Orwell. Its nightmarish world, where memories, whether individual or collective, are suspended, and words themselves have disappeared – furnishes an allegory for the Polish Communist regime’s assaults on individual freedom, as well as the identity crises, personal and national, of the post-Communist era.
Wilhelm Sasnal was born in 1972 in Tarnow, Poland, and lives and works in Krakow. In 2009-2010, he had retrospectives at K21 in Düsseldorf, Germany and Centro De Arte Contemporàneo, Málaga, Spain. Major solo shows include Wilhelm Sasnal, Sara Hildén Art Museum, Tampere, Finland, 2010; Years of Struggle at the Zacheta National Gallery, Warsaw, Poland, 2007; Matrix, The Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley, USA, 2005; Wilhelm Sasnal, The Locker Plant, Marfa (TX), USA; Camden Arts Centre, London, 2004; and Kunsthalle Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland, 2003.

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Sadie Coles HQ and Artprojx present FALLOUT by Wilhelm Sasnal

In Art, Artprojx, Cinema, David Gryn, Film, Film and Video, Frieze, Frieze Art Fair, London, Prince Charles Cinema, Sadie Coles, Screenings, Stuart Comer, Tate Modern, Video, Video Art, Wilhelm Sasnal on 07/09/2010 at 1:51 pm

Sadie Coles HQ

in association with Artprojx, presents

FALLOUT

by

Wilhelm Sasnal

Artprojx at Prince Charles Cinema
7 Leicester Place, Leicester Square
WC2H 7BY

www.princecharlescinema.com

Free performances during the week of the Frieze Art Fair.

Tuesday 12, Thursday 14, Friday 15 October 2010 at 10.30am

There is a Special Breakfast screening with Wilhelm Sasnal on Tuesday 12 October from 10 am and a Q&A with Stuart Comer, Curator of Film, Tate Modern

Numbers limited to all screenings, RSVP required to reserve your seat/s:
rsvp@sadiecoles.com or +44 [0] 20 7493 8611

www.sadiecoles.com

FALLOUT by Wilhelm Sasnal

PRESS RELEASE …

FALLOUT

The World premiere of a new film by Wilhelm Sasnal, 70 minutes, Poland, 2010, in Polish with English subtitles. 35mm.

this is the brief moment after the disaster

when they crawl out of their holes

Sadie Coles HQ in association with Artprojx is delighted to announce a series of screenings of Fallout, the second feature film by Polish artist Wilhelm Sasnal, at the West End’s Prince Charles Cinema in October. Set in an unidentified region of Poland, Fallout glimpses at the decimated existences of men and women in the aftermath of a nuclear bombing. The largely nameless characters inhabit a wasteland of  junk-strewn garages and drab apartment blocks – locked in a listless waiting game that recalls the dramas of Samuel Beckett. Only the ghosts of human dynamics survive, fraught with undercurrents of sexual suspicion and decay. Men address each other using sardonic epithets – ‘Mr Bad’ or ‘Mr Kiddo’; and they observe and follow each other with ambiguous intent.Sasnal holds his characters at arm’s length, undercutting our instincts about them as their desperate interrelationships shift and expire, to form an acute and unnerving picture of personal and social degeneration.

Wilhelm Sasnal has emerged in the last decade as one of Europe’s most celebrated figurative painters as well as a prolific maker of short films shot on 8mm or 16mm camera. Fallout demonstrates his engagement with Polish avant-garde cinema from the 1940s works of Stefan and Franciszka Themerson to the punk music videos of the 1970s. In particular, the film foregrounds the relationship between picture and sound: its discordant, tremulous soundtrack merges with interior noises while mirroring the phases of wobbly footage shot on a handheld camera. As in Sasnal’s short films, the influences of music video and poststructuralist cinema combine to evoke ‘personal cinema’ – the privately produced short films which proliferated among Polish artists during the Communist regime, and which often overlaid the banal details of life with whimsical fantasies. A painterly sensibility furthermore threads through the film, which echoes the off-kilter angles, minute observations and mundane subjects of Sasnal’s canvases.

The characters of Fallout find parallels to their dystopian world in stories and dreams: ‘Mr Bad’ speaks of Siparis, the sole survivor of a volcanic eruption, while a doctor relates how she has been “dreaming of mice lately, young and old, all sick”. Fallout is itself a social fable in the mould of Orwell. Its nightmarish world, where memories, whether individual or collective, are suspended, and words themselves have disappeared – furnishes an allegory for the Polish Communist regime’s assaults on individual freedom, as well as the identity crises, personal and national, of the post-Communist era.

Wilhelm Sasnal was born in 1972 in Tarnow, Poland, and lives and works in Krakow. In 2009-2010, he had retrospectives at K21 in Düsseldorf, Germany and Centro De Arte Contemporàneo, Málaga, Spain. Major solo shows include Wilhelm Sasnal, Sara Hildén Art Museum, Tampere, Finland, 2010; Years of Struggle at the Zacheta National Gallery, Warsaw, Poland, 2007; Matrix, The Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley, USA, 2005; Wilhelm Sasnal, The Locker Plant, Marfa (TX), USA; Camden Arts Centre, London, 2004; and Kunsthalle Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland, 2003.

www.artprojx.com