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Born in Wadowice, Poland, in 1974 and meanwhile one of the established representatives of the young Polish art scene, Rafal Bujnowski will be showing new works that have as their theme, among other things, the working process of an ancient handicraft, basket weaving. In Bujnowski's paintings, the process of basket weaving is transferred to the canvas. The painting emphasizes the clear, simple patterns and the tactile quality of the material. The painting process is documented on film. A commonplace object is celebrated; a solid handicraft becomes the theme and subject matter of art. Bujnowski deliberately confuses the genres, calling in question both our own expectations of painting and what painting itself seeks to achieve. Commonplace objects have featured in Bujnowski's work before: such objects as bricks, video cassettes or even a photograph of the Pope, which he then depicted in serial fashion. Reflection on reality and perception is the basic conceptual approach of Bujnowski's painting. Another new project – "Testing Areas" – was realized in a paint shop in Krakow, where artists would try out the paints before they bought them.For this project, which lasted 6 months, Bujnowski placed canvases at the artists' disposal. By the end of the project, the canvases were completely covered with colourful strokes and daubs.

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Untitled (Rush series), 2006
oil on canvas
80 x 80 cm each
Testing areas, 2006
3 C-Prints (1 image above)
13 paintings oil on canvas (3 images below);
24 x 33 cm each
Testing areas, 2006
2 of 13 + 3 C-Prints
oil on canvas
24 x 33 cm
Testing areas, 2006
1 of 13 + 3 C-Prints
oil on canvas
24 x 33 cm
Plaiting 1, 2006
1 painting oil on canvas 
50 x 50 cm (painting)
Untitled (Rush series), 2006
oil on canvas
45 x 45 cm
Untitled (A2, Colonies series), 2006
oil on canvas
30 x 30 cm
Clouds, 2006
3 paintings, oil on canvas
45 x 45 cm each
Untitled (Rush series), 2006
4 paintings, oil on canvas
45 x 45 cm each
Plaiting 1, 2006
1 DVD  (stills above)

Rafal Bujnowski04.11.2006 – 12.12.2006
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