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n 1957, the second Krakow Group was formed, an association of independent artists, each with a different way of thinking but all equally committed to art. They were individualists, but what united them was their interest in contemporary art. The basic prerequisite for being invited to join the Group was a creative ‘neurosis’ – a feeling of intoxication with the drug that was making art. In this approach, the second Krakow Group was a few years ahead of Fluxus.
Jakub Julian Ziółkowski (1980) is one of the most important contemporary Polish artists. The exhibition at MOCAK is the first comprehensive presentation of his work – with 100 works on display, including large-format paintings, elaborate installations, precise drawings and monotypes, small sculptures and ceramic objects.
The exhibition presents a selection of 10 films – purposefully arranged as a chronological cross-section. The works on display from 1966 to 2008 include experimental films, video performances, video poems, actions in public space and a recording of a performance from the 2007 Venice Biennale.
Contemporary artists are adept at probing realistic images to stunning effect, offering reflection on every possible theme.
The works presented here employ realistic language to take on board everything that matters in today’s world.
Works in which the relationship with the surroundings they are in plays a significant role and provides a semantic clinch are usually called installations. Artists employ the exhibition space available or design it themselves.
The artist called his works Concept-Shapes. He sometimes invested works and punctuation marks with a spatial form, combining an intellectual experience with that of the senses, thus revealing the diffusion of the two.