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- Author Bartek Buczek
- Date of production 2014
- Dimensions height: variable, width: variable
- Author's designation artist’s signature on the book’s cover
- ID no. BS/1063
- Acquired date 2014
- Object copyright Bunkier Sztuki Gallery of Contemporary Art
- Digital images copyright CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 Attribution – NonCommercial – NoDerivatives 4.0
- Digitalisation RDW MIC, Virtual Małopolska project
Bartek Buczek, apart from being a painter of works of art, is also a bouquiniste, an owner of an antique book shop, and he likes to emphasize this. In his painting, as well as when going beyond the boundaries of paintings, one can find not only literary inspiration, but also a melancholy atmosphere accompanying a focused reader, a thoughtful detective, who follows the development of plot threads and narratives. While working on his art in his own way by means of his creative personality, he remains patient. And this is how he plots stories that are almost real, whether on stretcher frames or in the pages of a book.more
Bartek Buczek, apart from being a painter of works of art, is also a bouquiniste, an owner of an antique book shop, and he likes to emphasize this. In his painting, as well as when going beyond the boundaries of paintings, one can find not only literary inspiration, but also a melancholy atmosphere accompanying a focused reader, a thoughtful detective, who follows the development of plot threads and narratives. While working on his art in his own way by means of his creative personality, he remains patient. And this is how he plots stories that are almost real, whether on stretcher frames or in the pages of a book.
And yet, it would be a mistake to treat Buczek as an extremely serious artist, drifting in the clouds with the poets. In the introduction to the art book, Too expensive, too weak, too difficult — a dozen selected recipes for a work of art possible in a hypothetical fantasy world, he wrote:
The aim of this work is to recall a dozen unaccomplished ideas for works of art, their analysis, consideration of the reasons for their failure, attempts to repent the grief associated with the impossibility of accepting the state they are currently in, and perhaps also the final elaboration of the strategy, according to which they would be considered full-value ones.
Conceptualists in the past lived with the belief that there are artistic ideas which do not need to be implemented or it is even better not to realize them. They placed the poetics of their concepts in the universe of ideas. Buczek is a few steps further ahead. Realizing that some of his ideas are naive, sometimes being no more than just funny, and completely non-transgressive, ostentatious – like a rapper (he is particularly fond of rap) – he shares them with the help of the queen of arts: literature. He is insolent, but charming in his naivety, and this allows him to reach the heights of contemporary art thought and – as might be suspected – literary talent.
He has created an engaging text in which – as an author, artist and visionary – he guides us through a mass of ideas in works such as: Wirus-hipnotyzer infekujący oprogramowanie odbiorników GPS [Virus-hypnotist infecting the software of GPS receivers], or 500 potraw z ziemniaków [500 potato dishes] and Zmiana układu dziur w serze [Changing the layout of holes in cheese]. He has also given one of his ideas the humble title: Na ten czas nic we mnie dla Was nie ma [Right now, there is nothing in me for you]. Bartek Buczek’s book is a work that reformulates the possibilities of the traditional assessment of the quality of a work. He realizes ideas considered weak or unworkable in a hypothetical fantasy world, in the conditions of a literary narrative in which they are capable of acquiring the qualities of a finite work. At the same time, he ostentatiously mentions that fantasy does not belong to particularly sophisticated genres.
Elaborated by Krzysztof Siatka, Bunkier Sztuki Gallery of Contemporary Art,
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Poland License.
Bartek Buczek (born in 1987) is a painter and conceptual artist, the author of paintings, photographs, objects and art books, a former member of the Ośmiornica [Octopus] group, a bouquiniste, and the owner of the antique bookshop, “Lektury Nieobowiązkowe” [“Non-compulsory Readings”]. He is a graduate of painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice. He is the author of individual exhibitions, including: Panic room (CSW Kronika, Bytom, 2012), Czarny Romantyzm [Black Romanticism] (BWA Sokół, Nowy Sącz, 2013), Czarny charakter [Villain] (Bank Pekao Project Room, Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art, Warsaw, 2013) and Za drogie, za słabe, zbyt trudne [Too Expensive, Too Weak, Too Difficult ()] (Bunkier Sztuki Gallery of Contemporary Art, Kraków, 2014). He has taken part in numerous collective exhibitions, including: Boundary (Granica) (Bunkier Sztuki Gallery of Contemporary Art, Kraków, 2013), O powstawaniu i ginięciu [About creation and perishing] (BWA Katowice, 2014), Mleczne zęby [Milk teeth] (Baltic Gallery of Contemporary Art, Słupsk, 2014) and Co ukryte. Aktualna sztuka ze Śląska [What’s Hidden. Current art from Silesia] (State Art Gallery, Sopot, 2015). He lives and works in Katowice.