ArtSlant - Recently added en-us 40 Radek Szlaga - Harlan Levey Projects - June 5th - July 11th <p>Harlan Levey Projects is proud to announce the first solo exhibition of Radek Szlaga in Belgium.</p> <p>Radek Szlaga&rsquo;s works observes and draws connections between critical agendas of the past and contemporary trends and opportunities. His new body of work confronts various themes related to the text "Heart of Darkness" by Polish author&nbsp;J&oacute;zef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski. In these works, Szlaga investigates forms of cultural colonialism and artistic appropriation along with passages of the novel and the work&rsquo;s translation to other forms of popular media, drawing lines from the Congo to Vietnam .&nbsp;Divided between an anthropological need for mythical and founding narrations and the disruptive forces of visual culture, Szlaga develops a hyper-textual language that questions the relationship between the traditional medium of painting and the more recent possibilities of digital reproduction.&nbsp;</p> <p>Born in Poland in 1979, Radek Szlaga is constantly traveling between the US, where to his parents emigrated (Detroit), and his homeland. This somehow enforced nomadic lifestyle paired with his interest in social and political developments are the source of his visual reflections. Strong aesthetics, superb quality and sharp conceptual criticism are reminiscent to the spirit of Picasso&rsquo;s prophetic and politically charged works during the turbulent 1930s.&nbsp;&nbsp;Other references to painting are also visible. The directness of critcism turns into an aesthetic strategy that brings Jasper Johns to mind while the clearness of his messages and the emphasis paid by a painter to text play to the tune of Christopher Wool whose work appears in line with Szlaga&rsquo;s visual discourse on appropriation.</p> Wed, 27 May 2015 11:51:53 +0000