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 Piotr Uklanski  (1968 - )

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Lived/Active: New York / Poland      Known for: politically charged paintings, sculpture and films

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Working from a studio in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, New York and sometimes from his hometown of Warsaw, Poland, Piotr Uklanski does painting, sculpture and filmmaking that often reflects his heritage of a communist dominated country.  In a 2008 New York gallery exhibit, he had large size, blocky Styrofoam letters that spelled out "Bialo-Czerwona", meaning white/red which is slang for the Polish flag.  Six paintings represented neighborhoods of Warsaw, and he also "fabricated a version of the heraldic emblem of Poland as a 13-by-7-by-12 foot eagle that stood sentinel" (Leffingwell) to the accompanying work.

Much of his work seems to be shifting out of text pop images that on the surface seem ordinary but become much more with his unique abilities of conversion.

He wrote, directed and produced a film, Summer Love: The First Polish Western (2007), a rough and tumble and violent Wild West movie for which he made props such as decapitated heads.  The film, with a main character that was a bloated corpse, had a seven week showing at the Whitney Museum in New York.  Another film, The Nazis, is a series of stills of fascist soliders and in October 2006, sold at auction for $1.1 million dollars.

Uklanski lives with his girlfriend, Alison Gingeras, curator and the mother of their two-year old daughter.   He studied painting at the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts and photography at Cooper Union in New York.

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http://www.mensvogue.com/arts/articles/2007/11/uklanski?currentPage=3
Edward Leffingwell, "New York: Piotr Uklanski", Art in America, June 2008, p. 186


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