Andrzej Zielinski’s vivid paintings depict everyday electronic devices such as mobile phones, laptops, ATM machines and paper shredders. Painted with thick gestural paint in bright confectionary colours, these works comment on the ever expanding reverence contemporary society has for technology and information. They also reference the art historical notion of the readymade and the history of abstract painting.Read More
Depicted at a 1:1 ratio as compared to the actual objects, these paintings display a distortion between actual and perceived space. They also highlight our dependence on everyday machines with their constantly updating functions and capabilities. Zielinski seeks to update painting by using 21st century acrylics, gels and mediums and his unique painting style means each scrape of the palatte knife simultaneously suggests description, abstraction and bas-relief.
Having just completed a visiting artist residency at ANU, Canberra, this young artist has received much critical attention in the USA. In 2009 New York art critic Jerry Saltz named Zielinski as one of 33 notable American artists to have emerged after 1999.
Born in 1976 in Kansas City, USA, Zielinski completed his BFA at The School of The Art Institute of Chicago in 2002 and his MFA at Yale University in 2004. He has been in numerous group shows across the USA such as *Greater New York at PS1 MOMA. Previous solo exhibitions include Motus Fort, Tokyo, DCKT Contemporary New York City, The Dolphin Gallery, Kansas City, Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery, New York and Marc Selwyn Fine Art, Los Angeles.
Andrzej Zielinski lives and works between Berlin, Germany, New York, NY and Canberra, Australia. His first exhibition in Australia was Devices at Gallery 9 in June 2011. His was also shown at Canberra Contemporary Art Space in July 2011. Andrzej’s work is in the collection of the Canberra Museum and Art Gallery.
Text courtesy Gallery 9.
Working across sculpture, painting, drawing and printmaking, Andrzej Zieliński's practice challenges the myth of contemporary technological innovation. His work depicts electronic devices – phones, computers, shredders, fax machines – and addresses the many contradictions embedded in our relationships to them, which are cutting-edge one moment and...