Critics’ Picks

View of “Krystian Truth Czaplicki: Final Touch,” 2016.


Krystian Truth Czaplicki

BWA Awangarda Gallery
ul.Wita Stwosza 32
April 8–May 29

Since Méret Oppenheim first exhibited her piece My Nurse, 1936, made of a pair of white heels served on a platter, found objects have invaded art’s representation of our desires, needs, and sorrows. Krystian Truth Czaplicki offers a new twist on this tradition by turning his steel and glass forms into containers holding Absolut Vodka, Listerine, and Nivea Cream. These materials, as well as the titles given to the works, such as Psychotic Morning, 2014, successfully turn his abstractions into depictions of life. Their spotless surfaces, just as well groomed as the face of American Psycho’s Patrick Bateman, are imbued with the dark side of human nature.

If we look at Czaplicki’s work as a portrait of modern man, we discover a character fascinated by sport, cars, bodybuilding, and the latest products. All these references collide in the work Stroll, 2016, where four containers of Jumbo protein supplement—designed to aid the growth of muscle mass—serve as the supporting legs of an improvised surface of multichamber polycarbonate panels. Atop all this, the artist has placed a precise model of the 2016 Porsche Macan Turbo. Another piece, I Do Not Pretend That I Participate Anymore, 2016, comprises a sweatshirt made of breathable fabric and snowboard bindings, all composed dynamically around a vertical black chrome steel form. In its precise arrangements and deft weavings of commercial materials, this exhibition strikes one as a gripping reflection on contemporaneity.