Beautifully strange and unsettling work by Jerzy Kalina, developing the style he’d begun to explore in Solo na ugorze and Obrabiarka. Combining film footage drawn over to highly expressive effect, the images have a uniquely textured quality somewhere between photography and painting.
Action artist, performance artist, scenery designer, creator of animated films and stained glass. Born on the 15th of April 1944 in Garwolin; resides in Komorów near Warsaw.
Kalina was a student in the Painting Department of the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw between 1965 and 1971. He obtained his diploma in the studio of Stefan Gierowski. In 1989 he was invited by the same department of his alma mater to lead a “guest studio,” which he lead for three semesters during 1990 and 1991. Kalina’s oeuvre encompasses a number of separate, varied activities to which the artist assigns his own names. These include “ritual actions,” “determinants” and “living pictograms.” The artist developed his individual language of forms early on, selecting and experimenting with the materials and objects that would eventually come to characterize his art, and delineating his sphere of interests. He has focused on issues of existential enslavement and limitation, which he strives to deconstruct through… read more