Listen in on a conversation between artist PIOTR SZYHALSKI and artist, writer, and MPLSart.com editor RUSS WHITE in honor of the release of Piotr Szyhalski: We Are Working All the Time! (Weisman Art Museum, 2020), a newly published survey of the artist’s work distributed by University of Minnesota Press, edited by DIANE MULLIN, senior curator at WAM.
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The catalogue accompanies the exhibition Piotr Szyhalski: We Are Working All the Time! (forthcoming), which will be the first exhibition featuring works from across Szyhalski’s extraordinary career to be critically considered together. Central to this project, this catalogue includes long overdue new scholarship on Szyhalski’s work and some 250 images. The six texts offer reflections and thoughts from varying perspectives, making the work not only more accessible, but also placing Szyhalski in the larger, international context of contemporary art from the 1980s to today. Read the catalogue introductory essay, “First We Survey, Then We Dig!” by WAM Senior Curator DIANE MULLIN → Z.UMN.EDU/FIRSTWESURVEY
Piotr Szyhalski’s work has been exhibited worldwide at such venues as the International Center of Photography, the New York Expo Film Festival, Siggraph, ISEA Paris, the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, the San Jose Museum of Art, and Experimenta Design in Lisbon, Portugal, and featured in a variety of catalogs and publications. His pieces are in the collections of the Walker Art Center, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and others.
In addition to his own performance-based projects, he was commissioned to develop large-scale, interactive, live projections for Wim Mertens quartet in Brussels (1998), the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (2001), and VocalEssence (2004). He released two CDs as Labor Camp Orchestra for the multimedia installations Theater of Operations (2007, 2009).
Russ White is an artist, designer, writer, and editor living in Minneapolis. Born and raised in the Carolinas with a formative stint in Mississippi, he received a BA in Studio Art from Davidson College and spent the next ten years in Chicago working as a high-end cabinet maker. After marrying a Minnesotan, his relocation to the Twin Cities became inevitable, and he now works out of his studio in the Casket Arts Building. He also works as a writer and editor for MPLSART.COM and NEMAA’s In Studio magazine.