"Life is Short", 14m. high. Installation at the ART UNLIMITED BASEL, swing seat, synthetic rope. 2002
Jan Baracz moved to New York from Poland in 1981, originally studying film before deciding to dedicate himself to fine art. He completed his M.F.A. in sculpture at Bard College 1999 and took part in the Whitney independent study program in 1998. He has exhibited widely in New York and Europe, including P.S. 1 / Clocktower Gallery, The Brooklyn Museum, and Basel International Art Fair. His approach to his work in his own words:
"My recent work employs sculpture, electronic media and installation to generate situations (rather than self-important objects) which through analogy (rather than metaphor) become tools of access to forms and underlying patterns, providing a variant angle of access to what is taken for granted and habitually accepted. I can best describe my current constructions as instruments that provide access to a variety of perceptual patterns while unhinging identification mechanisms. Much of my work is made for the public realm where the testing of the social ramifications of experience can unfold playfully. Public space as circumscribed by architectural decisions is a site where the interplay of the social and the individual allow for the active engagement and investigations of such devices. Evoking a challenging experience of a perceptual shift became my way of working. I am fascinated by the curiously pervasive conventions that often denominate art: frames and pedestals. When these signposts that exclaim: "OH, LOOK!" are freed of their burdensome subjects, they become playful objects with almost unlimited potential." email: email@example.com - 1999 WHITNEY MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART, Independent Study Program1996 - 1999 BARD COLLEGE. M.F.A. Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts1982 - 1995 NEW YORK UNIVERSITY, New York, NY. B.F.A. Tisch School of the Arts1978 - 1981 KATOLICKI UNIVERSYTET LUBELSKI, Lublin, Poland. Theoretical Philosophy
INDIVIDUAL SHOWS2005 New Work, OUTRAGEOUS LOOK, Brooklyn, NY1999 New Work, NIKOLAI FINE ART, New York, NY1999 Thirst, Public Art Project. SW corner of Grand Street and Wooster Street, New York, NY1997 Jan Baracz, ALEXANDRE DE FOLIN, New York, NY1995 Recent Works, BRONWYN KEENAN GALLERY, New York, NY1994 Recent Work, MINDY OH GALLERY, Chicago, IL1991 Winter Stations, KOSZ, Warsaw, Poland1990 Books Untitled, GNOSA, Hamburg, Germany
SELECTED GROUP SHOWS2005 DIVA, New Media Art Fair, New York, NY; PR*NC*SS, OUTRAGEOUS LOOK, Brooklyn, NY; It's not about Sex, LUXE GALLERY, New York, NY; Goodbye Exclusive World, OUTRAGEOUS LOOK, Brooklyn, NY2004 New New Yorkers, CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY ART Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, Poland; Photography, MIEDZY NAMI, Warsaw, Poland2002 Painting as Paradox, ARTISTS SPACE, New York, NYl; ART UNLIMITED, BASEL INTL. ART FAIR, Basel, Switzerland2001 INTERVAL, SCULPTURECENTER, Long Island City, NY; In/SITE/Out, APEXART, New York, NY2002 Simili, DE CHIARA/STEWART, NEW YORK, NY; Transparent Architecture, GALE GATES GALLERY, Brooklyn, NY; MIAMI INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR, Miami, Fl.1999 Xmas, KENT GALLERY, New York, NY; Surface/Structure, NIKOLAI FINE ART, New York, NY; (un) comfortable surroundings, FRIEDERIKE TAYLOR AND T'Z ART, New York, NY; Fauna, ZACHETA GALLERY, Warsaw, Poland; Video Selections, ART IN GENERAL, New York, NY1998 Sculpture, LONG ISLAND UNIVERSITY, Long Island, NY; 13, ALEXANDRE DE FOLIN, New York, NY; Book 2.0, PRINTED MATTER, New York, NY1997 Works on Paper, WEATHERSPOON GALLERY, UNC, Greensboro, NC; Ten Days in October, SCULPTURE CENTER, New York, NY; Current Undercurrent, THE BROOKLYN MUSEUM, Brooklyn, NY1996 Departure Lounge, P.S.1 MUSEUM, CLOCKTOWER GALLERY, New York, NY1995 Giftland IV, PRINTED MATTER, New York, NY1994 Six Artists, BRONWYN KEENAN GALLERY, New York, NY; EIGEN + ART, New York, NY1988 Telling Tales, ARTISTS SPACE, New York, NY
SELECTED GRANTS, AWARDS AND RESIDENCIES2003 Asian Cultural Council2000 Edward F. Albee Foundation Visual Arts Fellowship 1999 Artists Space Independent Projects Grant1998 Kosciuszko Foundation Grant; Ucross Foundation 1996 Edward F. Albee Foundation Visual Arts Fellowship1992 The Pollock-Krasner Grant 1989 Apparatus Productions; Art Matters Inc.
SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY2002 Margaret Sundell, Life after Death, Artists Space, TIME OUT, no. 373, Nov. 21-28, 2002.2003 Sarah Valdez, In/SITE/Out: Inquires into Social Space, Apex Art, TIME OUT, April 12-19, 2001.1999 Schillinger, Liesl. It's Art, It's water, It's... Loot, THE NEW YORK TIMES, June 27.; Levin, Kim. Jan Baracz, THE VILLAGE VOICE, June 8, 1999.1998 Glueck, Grace. For Art Too A Summer In the Sun, THE NEW YORK TIMES, Aug. 21, 1998.; Volk, Gregory. Jan Baracz at Alexandre de Folin, ART IN AMERICA, April 1998.1997 Grimm, Jay. On the Walls: Jan Baracz, CRITICAL REVIEW, 1997.; Atamian, Christopher. Jan Baracz at Alexandre de Folin Gallery, REVIEW, Nov 1, 1997.