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Working title

                                   Cracow, 1.04 - 24.04. 2022
ARTIST:

Bartek Buczek
Kornel Janczy

TEXT:
Alicja Mełzacka
NOTICE OF COMMENCEMENT OF WORKS
at 24 Rhetoric Street in Piana Gallery

We kindly inform you that at this address, from 01.04-24.04.2022, works will take place under the direction of 𝗕𝗮𝗿𝘁𝗸𝗮 𝗕𝘂𝗰𝘇𝗸𝗮 𝗶 𝗞𝗼𝗿𝗻𝗲𝗹𝗮 𝗝𝗮𝗻𝗰𝘇𝗲𝗴𝗼, in connection with the project "Working Title".

The works include the realization of a series of sculptures designed by Kornel Janczy, the presentation and documentation of a number of works by both artists, as well as related performative, discursive and peri-artistic activities. The entire work will be carried out by specialized staff (Bartek Buczek, co-founder of Technik Gallery), at the invitation of the Piana Gallery Foundation.

The Foam Gallery Foundation will be accepting visitors during the following hours:
Friday - 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Saturday - 16.00-18.00
Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays are the days without the reception of visitors.

On 01.04.2022 the inauguration of the project will take place. On that day, the Foam Gallery Foundation will, exceptionally, be accepting visitors from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. During the works, please keep an open mind and follow the general safety rules.

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"Working Title" is an undertaking by Bartek Buczek and Kornel Janczy: one technical and two artists. It seems like an exhibition; after all, we have a gallery, an audience, an accompanying text, and all the other hallmarks of an exhibition. However, the format of the exhibition becomes here merely a pretext for developing a range of activities on the borderline of artistic production, presentation, performance, and activities usually considered to be related to art.

For three weeks the gallery will host the workshop of Bartek Buczek, known to some as an exhibition technician and editor, to others as an artist, who often plays both roles simultaneously, consciously allowing for their mutual influence and 'contamination'. Behind Piana Gallery's glass window and under the public eye, he will be doing precise work - mainly sculptures by Kornel Janczy, but also commissions from other artists, coinciding with the time of the exhibition. The gallery will also serve as a photographic studio and, of course, as an exhibition space, where both sculptures by Janczy and Buczek's own works will be displayed among tools, transport boxes, technical stands and other elements of workshop equipment. We are not dealing here with a recreation of the often fetishized chaos of the artist's studio - all the elements of the equipment have been methodically selected and installed (one could say 'shrunk') by Buczek and Janczy, on an equal footing with the neighboring paintings or sculptures. The gallery itself was also meticulously prepared - freshly painted walls and bleached corners make it function as a large-format cyclorama. Devoid of a horizon line, the almost sterile space gives an impression of a vacuum in which the working artists, dressed in 'tuned-up' work uniforms, drift from station to station. This is by no means a practical solution, but one that highlights the constructed, performative nature of the entire situation. The collaboration between the two arists and the accompanying negotiation (between different definitions of 'work', roles, competencies and statuses of 'art workers') is the center of gravity of their joint exhibition - the individual works are less important here than the processes accompanying their creation and distribution. In his typical manner, Buczek highlights, and even exaggerates, certain aspects of the technician's work, but it is hard to speak of simulation or appropriation of anything here, since the artist is in fact a technician and the work actually gets done.

text:
Alicja Mełzacka