/PAV-HEL CROOK/ Born in 1976, lives and works in Bolinas, California. He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Poznań and Rijks Akademie in Amsterdam. Kruk is an enigmatic artist whose work mainly involves staging performative situations. He approaches each new piece like a writer would approach a blank page: true and untrue fuse together, projects evolve, change, and are rewritten depending on which character enters the story.
Paweł Kruk Artist under the influence, 2012 offset print 84 x 59 cm ed. 10 Poster on which Paweł is dressed in a T-shirt with the logo designed by himself – “Morgan Stanley Matthew Barney,” based on the logotype of the brokerage institu- tions Morgan Stanley Smith Barney. Matthew Barney is an American artist best known for a series of works titled “Cremaster”.
Paweł Kruk AM I WHITE OR AM I WHITE?, 2015 acrylic on canvas 190 x 120 cm Paraphrase of the American saying: “Am I right, or am I right?”, used to emphasize the unquestionable truth and indisputable fact. The work refers, among others, to the diploma of the artist – the film in which he starred as Mi- chael Jordan. For a few years the topic of basketball, espe- cially Jordan, was one of the main themes in Kruk’s work.
Paweł Kruk Please Leave Me Alone, 2015 photography 12 x 15 cm ed. 5 Paraphrase of the work “Please Do not Leave Me” by Dutch artist Bas Jan Ader, who disappeared during a solo attempt to cross the Atlantic Ocean in 1975.
Paweł Kruk Rod, 2015 photography slide, wood, glass, LED, power adapter 3,5 x 138 cm Each slide shows one of the 36 pieces of steel rod bought from a scrap “shop” in the street Powązkowska 32a in Warsaw.
Paweł Kruk What I Talk About When I Talk About Running, 2009, 2014 book, soft cover, Muza SA Publishing House 14,5 x 20,5 cm What I Talk About When I Talk About Running (走るこ とについて語るときに僕の語ること) is a memoir by Haruki Murakami in which he writes about his interest and par- ticipation in long-distance running as well as his writing. At Kruk’s request, a photograph of himself running on San Francisco’s Ocean Beach was used on the cover of the Polish translation of the book. It was published in Poland in 2010 by Muza SA.
Paweł Kruk Winning The Water: The Swimmer As Hero, 2010 performance As part of the ‘Transplanted’ exhibition at the San Fran- cisco Arts Commission Gallery (SFAC), the artist per- formed a swim from Alcatraz to Aquatic Park in San Francisco. The feat was accompanied by an original score performed live from a kayak by the band Coconut. The public was invited to gather at Aquatic Park. A small, se- lected group watched the act from a nearby boat. The work was promoted by a poster designed by Kruk. It fea- tured a black and white photograph of the artist standing next to his father-in-law, an avid open water swimmer.
Paweł Kruk Pick-up Game, 2001 performance video link: https://vimeo.com/53235926 A performance at the opening of the final show of the VII Advanced Course in Visual Arts in Como, Italy. The artist shot hoops on a court outlined by a red carpet, in- side the San Francesco Church. He was wearing only AIR Jordans, a jock strap and an elbow protector.