Installation Views

This is an installation view of the exhibition by artist Wilhelm Sasnal in 2007 at Anton Kern Gallery, New York.This is an installation view of the exhibition by artist Wilhelm Sasnal in 2007 at Anton Kern Gallery, New York.This is an installation view of the exhibition by artist Wilhelm Sasnal in 2007 at Anton Kern Gallery, New York.This is an installation view of the exhibition by artist Wilhelm Sasnal in 2007 at Anton Kern Gallery, New York.This is an installation view of the exhibition by artist Wilhelm Sasnal in 2007 at Anton Kern Gallery, New York.

Works

This is a painting titled Untitled by artist Wilhelm Sasnal made in 2007. The materials are ink on paper, and the dimensions are 8.5 inches by 11.5 inches.This is a painting titled Pawel B. by artist Wilhelm Sasnal made in 2007. The materials are oil on canvas, and the dimensions are 15.75 inches by 15.75 inches.This is a painting titled Photophobia by artist Wilhelm Sasnal made in 2007. The materials are oil on canvas, and the dimensions are 62.75 inches by 62.75 inches.This is a work on paper titled Untitled by artist Wilhelm Sasnal made in 2007. The materials are ink on paper, and the dimensions are 59 inches by 43.5 inches.This is a painting titled Untitled by artist Wilhelm Sasnal made in 2007. The materials are oil on canvas, and the dimensions are 41.5 inches by 62.75 inches.This is a painting titled Untitled by artist Wilhelm Sasnal made in 2007. The materials are oil on canvas, and the dimensions are 21.75 inches by 27.5 inches.This is a painting titled Under the Canvas by artist Wilhelm Sasnal made in 2006. The materials are oil on canvas, and the dimensions are 62.75 inches by 62.75 inches.

Press Release

Wilhelm Sasnal
March 8 –
April 14, 2007

March 21, 2007—Wilhelm Sasnal’s third solo exhibition at Anton Kern Gallery consists of a 16 mm film projection, a set of posters (ink on paper), and a group of paintings. All works are held together by the theme of intoxication, which is introduced through the film’s narrative, structure, and atmosphere.

 

Sasnal’s film is, itself, based on an early 1960s Polish movie depicting—in fictionalized form—a historic event in which the protagonist finds gallons of industrial methyl alcohol, sells it as vodka and thereby causes widespread illness, blindness, and death. Sasnal, however, is not out to romanticize or vilify the effects of alcohol, or to describe the place of alcohol in the poetic mind. Rather, by creating a distanced, in fact twice removed relationship between the viewer and the events unfolding on screen (of a nation under the influence), his interest lies in the relationship between the appearance of the film images, the paintings and the relating (historical and current) social and political events. It is the metaphor of alcohol that Sasnal uses as a template to engage with history and memory in general, to start a conversation between past and present in a non-nostalgic and radical way. In motifs such as a faceless man tormented by a hang-over headache, or a disorienting perspectival view inside a cubic structure, or a look into the blinding sun from behind silhouetted grain, Sasnal formulates precise image ideas and transforms them—with a visual clarity reminiscent of poster art—into paintings that capture the uncertainty of life

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Press

  • March 1
    2007
    Art in America
    Wilhelm Sasnal
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