PIOTR UKLAŃSKI at Independent Projects 2014
5 November 2014
Since the mid-1990s, Uklański's diverse body of work has included large-scale paper reliefs, tie-dye paintings, textile sculptures, photography, performance, and a feature-length film, Summer Love: The First Polish Western (2006).
This presentation marks the debut of a new body of work that builds upon Uklański's belief in the curative powers of art. These new paintings draw upon the therapeutic and spiritual properties of crystals, and as such, they could easily be unified under the title New Age paintings.
Expanding upon Uklański's ongoing "meta-painting" practice, these works deploy embroidery and the application of various crystals, minerals, rocks, gemstones, fossils, meteorites, agates, shells, and other metaphysical stones to fields of velvet or fabric. The pictorial arrangements of these elements often take an illusionistic form that conjures parallel universes or mystical landscapes. Just as the New Age movement itself has embraced alternative approaches to traditional Western culture--by foregrounding spirituality, mysticism, and holistic practices--Uklański's New Age paintings are invested in art's potential to stimulate human energies and its ability to channel healing powers.
Piotr Uklański was born in in Warsaw, Poland in 1968, and lives and works in Warsaw and New York. His work has been collected and exhibited by museums worldwide, including Museum of Modern Art, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Tate Britain, London; François Pinault Foundation, Venice; and Kunsthalle Basel. In 2006, Uklański debuted his first feature-length film, Summer Love: The First Polish Western. Recent museum exhibitions include "Piotr Uklański: A Retrospective," Wiener Secession, Vienna (2007); "The Joy of Photography," Musée d'art moderne et contemporain, Strasbourg (2007-08); "Mapping the Studio: Artists from the François Pinault Collection," Punta della Dogana and Palazzo Grassi, Venice (2009-11); "2010: Whitney Biennial" (2010); "Piotr Uklański: Forty and Four," Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw (2012-13); and "Piotr Uklański: ESL," Bass Museum of Art, Miami (2013-14). A solo exhibition of Uklański's work will open at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, in spring of 2015.
Uklański lives and works in New York and Warsaw.
This new initiative from New York's Independent will take place at Center548, in the heart of New York's Chelsea district.