July 9 - August 14, 2010
Georgia Scherman Projects is pleased to announce its first solo show with critically acclaimed Toronto-based collective Blue Republic. Comprised of artists Anna Passakas and Radoslaw Kudlinski, the collective is best known for their multi-disciplinary projects dealing with socio-economic, political and philosophical issues. Weather Report exhibition presents a cross-section of past and present works incorporating installation, photography, painting, drawing, sculpture, and mixed media.
Blue Republic’s art is grounded in a socially charged discourse in which the artists’ life experiences, including their research projects in South America and South East Asia, are fundamental. These experiences animate forms that destabilize systems of values, juxtaposing artistic and non-artistic roles, reality, and representation. In its search for new paradigms in art and cultural practice, Blue Republic is raising questions that give a new perspective to culture as a medium of social engagement:
“We hope that the observer/participant will eventually be forced to question what is in front of him/her and perhaps look at the most ordinary things without the indifference of someone who habitually uses them, grasping in the object not a fetishistic nature, nor an inner, simulated ecstasy, but a human, concrete, real activity, with which the object is connected.”
As Mark Kingwell remarks in Opening Gambits, Essays on Art and Philosophy “In works that are deliberately unstable, witty and beautiful, they both acknowledge and dismantle the yearnings that are characteristic of cultural moment whose predominant narrative is that there is no narrative... Beneath it all one hears the thrum of play and possibility that may be the one and only valid meaning of that much abused notion, utopia.”
Anna Passakas and Radoslaw Kudlinski studied Art, Philosophy, Comparative Religion and Literature at: King's College London University, U.K., University of Toronto, Canada, Jagiellonski University, and Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow Poland. Blue Republic has been involved in numerous research projects, presentations and exhibitions in Canada and internationally, including Galleria d’Arte Moderna in Bologna (Officina America), the Ludwig Forum for International Art in Aachen, Germany, CCA Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw, Poland, Cultural Services Co-op/Fields Of Dreams Project in Siem Riep, Cambodia, Curitiba, Brazil, Tokyo, Japan; as well as Oakville Galleries and the Koffler Gallery in Canada. Most recently they installed a permanent sculpture in Oslo, Norway as winners of the Peer Gynt International Sculpture Competition. Their work is part of the Viewing program of New York’s Drawing Center, USA.