LUKAS MÜLLER, KRZYSZTOF MĘŻYK Friend of a Friend 2018
Dawid Radziszewski Gallery hosts Lucas Hirsch Gallery www.foaf.pl Lukas Müller, born in 1986, lives and works in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. In passing, Müller detaches his collected pieces from their location. He picks them up from the street, strips them from their urban functional relation, transforms them with minimal interventions: cuts, deforms, attaches, spray paints, rearranges, and puts them into a new context where they exist thrown back into themselves. His objects are naked; they seem to repel any further signification. Lukas Müller’s acts of collecting, picking-up, carrying away, ensue an awareness that is aimed at the marginalized. These works preserve their singularity and disrupt “The Way Things Go”. Krzysztof Mężyk, born in 1984, lives and works in Kraków, Poland. He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków. He often describes his artistic practice with the word 'qualia' - a term which denotes subjective, ineffable sensual perceptions experienced by a person. In his technique he employs a palette of warm colors. He's placing structures of flat forms onto open composition backgrounds, always executing it with bold and dynamic brushwork. Mężyk’s works are abstract, sensual and focus on the matter itself, but despite the impression of pure expressionism and the main interest in the painterly gesture, his trademark is always this precise and deliberate structure. – “Friend of a Friend” (FOAF) project sees eight important and thriving Warsaw contemporary art galleries sharing their exhibition spaces with international guests. A dialogue with galleries from the Czech Republic, France, Germany, United States, Switzerland and Great Britain lies at the foundation of group shows featuring Polish and international artists. The idea of “FOAF” refers to London’s “Condo” initiative held since 2016. Based on the principle of friendly collaboration (and not competition, often associated with the art market), the event not only succeeds in establishing an innovative platform to present contemporary art, but also an exchange model that provides an alternative to art fairs. By bringing this model to Warsaw, “FOAF” offers the local audience the possibility to view works created by international artists (often unexhibited in Poland so far) and compare their achievements with works by their Polish colleagues. In turn, foreign guests (gallerists, artists, as well as collectors, curators and journalists) are given an opportunity to discover the Warsaw art scene.
BWA Warszawa h/ Antoine Levi (Paris), Hunt Kastner (Prague) Foksal Gallery Foundation h/ ChertLüdde (Berlin), Jan Kaps (Cologne) LETO h/ Dürst Britt & Mayhew (The Hague) Piktogram h/ Future (Berlin/Mexico City), Lomex (NYC), SVIT (Prague) Dawid Radziszewski h/ Lucas Hirsch (Düsseldorf) Raster h/ Bernhard (Zürich), Ermes-Ermes (Vienna) Stereo h/ Crèvecœur (Paris), Reserve Ames (LA) Wschód h/ Neue Alte Brücke (Frankfurt), Union Pacific (London) _