New York

Bozidar Brazda


When producing art for public exhibition, how and to what extent should one reshape the particulars of autobiography into the more widely appreciable generalities of broader human experience? The question was raised by the second solo show at Haswellediger by Canada-born, New York–based artist Bozidar Brazda. The press release, written by the artist, made a superficial concession to universality by supplanting place names with asterisks in a narrative based on events in the lives of Brazda’s family, as if these experiences could happen to anyone, anywhere. Despite this background information, the painted prints, sculptural installations, video, and giveaway posters on view, all accompanied by a loud sound track comprising five versions of the Monkees’ “(I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone,” remained frustratingly opaque.

Brazda frequently pens tales to accompany his objects, installations, and

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