Przemysław Kwiek (Poland)

Przemysław KWIEK (born in 1945)

This year (2010) pass 40 years of PK?s artistic activity ? his full CV counts 395 points up to April this year. As an effect of a one-and-half year research the BWA Awangarda Gallery in Wroclaw realized recently a major retrospective of Zofia Kulik and Przemyslaw Kwiek (KwieKulik) entitled Form is a social fact; soon will be published a source book prepared by an international team and the curators of the above exhibition.

Since 1967 PK has been cultivating SOMETHING, to which in a processual sense he gives a name of ACTIONS (DZIAŁANIA), and in a meta-spherical sense a name of INTEGRAL WHOLENESS – following a method of constant choices conditioned by the memory and by the external and the internal. The object is to efficiently operate the world, while to show thousands of POSSIBLE CHANCES – of operations as well as worlds – is the objective. Not to look for the truth in a static arrangement and to see (!) that it neither exists in the mobile one.

Between 1971-88 PK together with Zofia Kulik worked as an artistic duo KwieKulik, creating a method of ?documented material-spatial-life-based Actions in particular conditions? (PK since 1967). At home they established an ?extra-institutional institution? – a STUDIO OF ACTIONS, DOCUMENTATION and DISSEMINATION, where they were realizing their own exhibitions and live multimedia shows of their vast collection (mostly for foreigners).

Since 1988 PK works individually, continuing the ideas and formal achievements of KwieKulik , and those from earlier years. He uses the word APPEARANCE to name each one of his successive expressions ?intended outwards? – may it take a form of an Action, performance, installation, exhibition of objects (paintings, sculptures?), documentation show, speech, publication, or be a conglomerate of them all. This form he introduces into art as a new genre. Individual APPEARANCES together with some ?events of life? add up as CREATION ? an actual Work; it is not simply a sum of elements. PK is his own ?photographing-video/film-making-writing? documentalist. He is one of the co-founders of the Performance genre (since 1970) and a worldwide recognized performer.

Sculptor, author of various installations, films, interventions, Performer, man of action. Born in 1945 in Warsaw. Studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw at the studios of Oskar Hansen and Jerzy Jarnuszkiewicz. Along with Zofia Kulik formed an action duo KwieKulik. He proposes taking a radical approach towards events of life and treating them all as art forms. The Art of Behaving Manifesto stated: “Wherever you are, you are a Behaviour artist.” Regardless of the medium employed, Kwiek refers to his performances as “appearances.” He is also the founder of the Association of Artists of Other Arts, the originator and organiser of “Ogólnopolski Festiwal Pojawień się i Wyglšdów” (Festival o Appearences and Apparitions”) in the National Museum in Warsaw.


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1 May 2011