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- Author Bartosz Kokosiński
- Date of production 2011
- Dimensions height: 127 cm, width: 155 cm, depth: 40 cm
- Author's designation artist’s signature on the back
- ID no. BS/1003
- Availability in stock
- Acquired date 2012
- Object copyright Bunkier Sztuki Gallery of Contemporary Art
- Digital images copyright © all rights reserved, Bunkier Sztuki Gallery of Contemporary Art
- Digitalisation RPD MIC, Virtual Małopolska project
Taking up the fight with the two-dimensionality of the painter’s medium, Bartosz Kokosiński inflates the structure of the canvases with foam, deforms them, and radically bends their stretched frames. He deconstructs the painting as an artistic medium. In his most famous series – paintings devouring reality (2010–2015) – the canvases have been transformed into expanded objects, drawing in collections of various things, found by Kokosiński at flea markets, attics, and in the studios of befriended artists.more
Taking up the fight with the two-dimensionality of the painter’s medium, Bartosz Kokosiński inflates the structure of the canvases with foam, deforms them, and radically bends their stretched frames. He deconstructs the painting as an artistic medium. In his most famous series – paintings devouring reality (2010–2015) – the canvases have been transformed into expanded objects, drawing in collections of various things, found by Kokosiński at flea markets, attics, and in the studios of befriended artists. Some of the works relate to a situation in everyday life: a Painting devouring a flat, a Painting devouring a car crash and a Painting devouring a home scene; others form a modern dialogue with the history of painting genres and motifs: Painting devouring a still life with robots, a Painting devouring a battle scene, a Painting devouring a religious theme, a Painting devouring a vanitas motif. The Painting devouring a landscape also belongs to the latter category. Its interior absorbed elements of popular landscape paintings: stuffed wild animals, tree branches, and undergrowth. The cycle also includes works that refer directly to the activity of other artist-collectors: an example of this is the large-sized a Painting devouring Robert Kuśmirowski, from 2014. As a result, the artist’s painting has become a domain marked by the obsession of collecting, and, at the same time, organizing and categorizing reality, both according to criteria derived from the history of art and observation of everyday life which surrounds us.
Elaborated by Anna Lebensztejn, Bunkier Sztuki Gallery of Contemporary Art,
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Poland License.
Bartosz Kokosiński (born 1984) is a painter and the author of objects, videos, and installations. He is a graduate of the Faculty of Painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków (2009). He is the author of individual exhibitions, including: Niektóre obrazy nie chcą być namalowane [Some paintings do not want to be painted] (BWA Contemporary Art Gallery, Katowice, 2011), (Nie)porządek rzeczy [(Dis)order of things] (Bunkier Sztuki Gallery of Contemporary Art, Kraków, 2012), Termokoloryzacja [Thermal Colourization] (Lubelska 30/32, Warsaw, 2015), Dysfunctional Matter (Knoll Galerie Wien, Vienna, 2016), Moment ścinający kołek [Torque cutting a dowel] (Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art, Warsaw, 2016). He has also taken part in many group exhibitions, including: O.M.G. (City Gallery, Wrocław, 2012), Czeski papież [The Czech pope] (MeetFactory Gallery, Prague, 2014), Potęga abstrakcji [The power of abstractio] (Museum of Contemporary Art, Minsk, 2015),(Nie) dotykaj! Haptyczne aspekty sztuki polskiej po 1945 roku [(Don't) Touch! Haptic Aspects of Polish Art After 1945] (CSW Znaki Czasu, Toruń 2015), Inny świat [Different world] (BWA Ostrowiec, Ostrowiec Świętokrzyski, 2016). He is a two-time finalist of “Bielska Jesień” Biennale (2013, 2015 — honourable mention, 2013); he is a scholar of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage (2002, 2007, 2012, 2015), and a laureate of the Elisabeth Greenshields Foundation Award (Canada, 2006). He lives and works in Warsaw.
The web-address for the artist’s website is: bartoszkokosinski.com