Andrzej Zielinski’s sculptures are composites of a dazzling range of materials including bronze, agate, opal, perspex and wood. Through textural contrasts, sculptural ingenuity and riotous painted colour, Zielinski invests vitality into these inert substances.
His sculptures are quite unlike the ubiquitous electronic devices they represent – mobile phones, printers, laptops and shredders. Their base, unprocessed materials are the very materials humankind transforms to manufacture technology. With sardonic titles such as Cluster Analysing and Secure Encryption, Zielinski asks questions about the role of technology in our lives: both its effects on our environment, and the ways in which it has modified our engagement with the senses and the imagination. As Eleanor Zeichner suggests in the October issue of Art Almanac: ‘his work makes the case for a pause in progress, in favour of a version of the world more idiosyncratic than innovative, more fantastical than functional.’
Zielinski trained at Yale University and the School of Art Institute of Chicago with a major in painting. He has held solo shows across the United States as well as in Europe, Japan and Australia. In 2015 the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City staged his first survey exhibition, Open Sourced, with an accompanying monograph and essay by art critic for The Nation Barry Schwabsky. Zielinski's work is held in the collections of the National Gallery of Australia; Canberra Museum and Gallery; Portland Art Museum, Oregon; Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas and the Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, Missouri.
Zielinski is currently artist in residence at the Australian National University (ANU) School of Art, Canberra. Primary Data is his third exhibition at Gallery 9.
Press release 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...