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Jakub Julian Ziolkowski

Hauser & Wirth

With the painting Timothy Galoty & the Dead Brains (all works 2010), Jakub Julian Ziolkowski has invented a surreally raucous, somewhat wild-eyed band of performing artists, apparently based on a fantasy heavy metal band. Galoty, an imaginative surrogate for Ziolkowski, is divided against himself, as his split head, featuring two faces in profile, suggests. One, more pugnacious visage has blubbery lips and a small face; the other, marked by tight lips and a larger face, is relatively handsome. Both have the same electrifying eyes—sort of lurid white jellyfish, each with streamers of tentacle-like nerves emanating from their red rims and inset with four brightly colored irises that glow like gems. This Janus-faced figure wears a large white collar with red stripes, as well as an oversize bow tie, which is colored the same deep-shit brown as the head and also gleams—and teems—with eyes (each

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