Konrad Smolenski/BNNT, S.T.R.H., 2013. Sound installation and performance. © BNNT/ Leto Gallery. Photo by Dagny Nowak.

Radek Szlaga with Konrad Smoleński TRIBUTE TO ERRORS AND LEFTOVERS

Fridman Gallery, 287 Spring Street MAP

Special closing night performance featuring
Dean Spunt (No Age):
Thursday, November 7 at 8 pm

An evolving show which makes no distinction between static exhibition and performance, Konrad Smoleński and Radek Szlaga's TRIBUTE TO ERRORS AND LEFTOVERS is an invitation for repeat visits and constant reconsideration over the course of the project. 
Key members of the enfants terribles artist group Penerstwo (Polish for "sensitive boorishness"), Smoleński and Szlaga occupy an empty storefront gallery to create a raucous installation with drummer Daniel Szwed and Los Angeles-based noise musician Dean Spunt, of experimental punk band No Age. Steeped in Szlaga’s distinctively dark and baroque sensibility, the immersive installation cross-breeds kitsch objects, plants, flags, rubbish, and personal family photographs to create a syncretist monument of mythologies imported from homeland Poland to American "Promised Land".
Echoes of different and contradicted aspirations fill the room, settling a feeling of unrest. Masked presences pace around the space, waiting for bursts of sound. Scattered slide projectors, scaffolding, and ladders surround Smoleński as he plays a missile guitar and noise sculptures. The environment oscillates between brightness and darkness, silence and noise to confuse, overwhelm, and bewilder the senses.

A Performa Project co-presented with the Adam Mickiewicz Institute as part of the Polish Pavilion Without Walls. Curated by Charles Aubin.

TRIBUTE TO ERRORS AND LEFTOVERS is open from 5pm to 8pm on November 2, 3, 5, 6 and 7; it will be closed on Monday, Nov 4th.


Generously supported by

The Adam Mickiewicz Institute is a state cultural institution which aims to promote Polish culture around the world and actively participate in international cultural exchange. The Adam Mickiewicz Institute has successfully launched its projects across 26 countries including Great Britain, Russia, Israel, Benelux countries, Spain, Austria, Sweden, France, Germany, Ukraine, Lithuania, Algeria, Morocco, India, Japan and China. As part of these projects IAM has organized over 4,000 cultural events which gathered an audience of 40 million people across three continents. 

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