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?ukasz Jastrubczak “hollow blocks in windowless room” at Knoll Galerie, Vienna

with cameo appearances by Robert Barry, Susanne Kriemann, Pawe? Kruk, Ma?gorzata Mazur and Agnieszka Polska

The exhibition revolves around excerpts from “Minus Twelve”, Robert Smithson’s notes on the qualities of minimal art (1968).
All the displayed objects—artworks, documents and found objects—are related to the “Mirage” project (2011-ongoing) by the visual artist ?ukasz Jastrubczak and the curator Sebastian Cichocki—which initially materialized as the book of the same title. It consisted of correspondence between the authors, in the form of a game or “duel” of images and text. Jastrubczak’s photographs arose during the artist’s journey around the United States, and Cichocki’s textual responses (treated as “curatorial guides and references”) were written in Poland and based, in part, on earlier essays by Smithson and other artists active in the 60s and 70s. In response to photographs sent by email, texts arose that were guides for the taking of subsequent photos, and so on. The authors had only 24 hours to respond.

The book was then reinterpreted in a series of staged lectures, concerts, public readings, and finally the film “Mirage: In Order of Appearance”. The film was shot in the summer of 2014, when the authors decided to go on an American journey in the footsteps of theirs protagonists: the pioneer of green conceptualism John G. Lee, his partner Anna Zaloon and the teenage hitchhiker Mia.
Some elements in the exhibitions are cameo appearances by guest artists (including the legendary conceptual artist, Robert Barry), works interwoven into the somehow cinematic sequence of events.

Curated by Sebastian Cichocki

Part of curated by_vienna 2015: Tomorrow Today

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at Knoll Galerie, Vienna

until 14 November 2015

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Above –  ?ukasz Jastrubczak, Mirage. In the Order of Appearance (still), 2015

?ukasz Jastrubczak, Mirage. In the Order of Appearance (still), 2015

?ukasz Jastrubczak, Mirage. In the Order of Appearance (still), 2015

?ukasz Jastrubczak, Mirage. In the Order of Appearance (still), 2015

?ukasz Jastrubczak, Mirage. In the Order of Appearance (still), 2015

?ukasz Jastrubczak, Mirage. In the Order of Appearance (still), 2015

Ma?gorzata Mazur, Untitled (Passaic), 2014

Ma?gorzata Mazur, Untitled (Amarillo), 2014

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?ukasz Jastrubczak “hollow blocks in windowless room” installation views at Knoll Galerie, Vienna, 2015

Courtesy: Dawid Radziszewski Gallery, Warsaw.



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