7/02/2007

Dorota Jurczak

30 comments:

Painter said...

Dorota Jurczak @
P.S.1
22-25 Jackson Ave
Long Island City, 11101.

No Rush said...

Im a sucker for this kind of work. So much quirky personality. Visual thinking and all. Lovely. Why can't people like this run the world?

No Rush said...

Polish poster lineage

zipthwung said...

has a vintage feel - I'm notreally into it, but it does give me a gut reaction - triggers nostalgia (neutral not happy) about a whole raft of sixties and seventies era bad design and kitch, experienced first hand in rented houses and institutional spaces. Old magazines (print) and Pier One style near and far eastern imports.

So its definitely postmodern. Like a Trabant thats been retrofitted with a hooka and an altars to both Horus and the Pink Panther.

It seems like a lot of people mine their past for nostalgia - I prefer not to dwell in this kind of sentimental space.

No Rush said...

Its about more than nostalgia. Its about the continuing need to have the life that you want to have. By your own design. And I'll say it again--why cant people like this run the world.

surfkook said...

Because they are playing Picassoid games

no-where-man said...

Im a fan of the etchings, went to scope it yesterday but never made it past warm up. Liquid Sky, designed, Ball-Nogues merges form and function with a similar feel to this work.

No Rush said...

Like the my dinner with andre/pulp fiction duality. because they cant kill and they cant steal. Don't you ever feel like this stuff neutralizes the hate? Deserves credit.

Old Guy said...

It's so sweet. Hope it doesn't start a Richard Lindner revival.

No Rush said...

This is certainly a different kind of eroticism than R Linder or Picasso. Cant find any truth in those comparisons.

waste said...

Lindner is sweet? I can't see that.

Old Guy said...

The eroticism is not there, true, but flat colours, whimsical or loopy lineplay on spatial ambiguities have a certain stoner affinity.
http://www.artnet.com/artwork/424228838/424177306/richard-lindner-miss-american-indian.html
On a small scale, relishing delicacy of touch and rhyming of color, it can be sweet.

waste said...

That seems to be true to me only if you ignore the subject matter and look at the Lindner as if it is an abstraction. It isn't.

Old Guy said...

How concrete is the Jurczak?

No Rush said...

These are just crazy-ass beautiful, like a Wild polish forest. The one andre gregory did his open theatre in. Folktalish like clare rojas or rachel sumpter but more twisted like a really evil old fairytale. Erotic like that.

check it out, it's not sweet.

italo said...

masterpiece theater meets folk kitsch. i sorta like.

surfkook said...

No Rush sure has a stake in this artist. What's the relationship?

No Rush said...

Hard for you careerists to believe but I have no stake in anyone or anything. Just like the work. It doesnt even seem post-modern to me. Did u look at the etchings?

zipthwung said...

damn you! Nothing invested? I'll have to kidnap a dear one. It will be like cellular phone suspense - you'll be driving 55 in no time.

No Rush said...

My dear ones are too samrt for that!
Happy Holiday--
An' if you're in the crowd tonight,
Have a drink on me,
But go easy... Step lightly... Stay free...

sharon said...

I love the title of the show: The Slimy Trail of Slug and Snail.

twocoatsofpaint.blogspot.com

Nick said...

And I love your shameless self-promotion!

sharon said...

After I hit 'publish' I was embarrassed for the self-promotion so it isn't quite that shameless. I still love the title of Dorota's show, and the paintings are fetchingly off-kilter, too.

Nomi said...

"These are just crazy-ass beautiful . . ."

I agree. Not able to see them in person, but from the photos, I completely agree.

viewerslikeyou said...

When all else fails throw in a shadow of Hitchcock and grow a bird out of your head.
This is nice enough, funky enough but is it really anything more than that?

Nomi said...

I think they are a lot more than that.

viewerslikeyou said...

What is the more Nomi?

Nomi said...

They don't all make it for me. I'd say it's about half and half. But the ones that do, really do.

The color and the scale in the paintings is beautiful. I don't feel like the surreal combinations are forced or a "when all else fails" arbitrary choice; it feels authentic. The strangeness seems organic to me.

The etchings, the ones I like -- #18, 25, 28, 33 -- are just freakin' exquisite. The combination of the slightly disturbing strange imagery, that incredible care and attention and patience with the mark, and the graphic effect of the patterning is thrilling to me.

They feel like complete worlds. What can I say?

Don't like them all. The "grandmother" ones, with one exception (#18), seem too narrative in the wrong way, illustrative.

Some just seem adolescent. (#29) Though, I wonder if I'm being too quick about those . . .

Anyway, this is an exciting find for me.

Sunil said...

Dorota's work was very childish and seemed to lack depth. Maybe one or two pieces stood out and without any sort of contextual pros will not stand any scrutiny.
My recommendations for P.S.1 are as follows (if you happen to be there to see Dorota's work):
1. Oist Portrait paintings 'found' by Jim Shaw
2. Jack Whitten's monumental 9.11.01
3. Lee Quinone's graffiti bending work on canvas
4. Tunga's huge hanging ponderous sculpture of skulls on the level 0 floor

No Rush said...

Jack Whitten is awesome. And his brother designed Michael Jackson's glove.