A street climbing up an unfinished viaduct cuts through the exhibition space like a fragment of a set from a disaster film. Krzysztof Franaszek's works show the omnipresence of asphalt in our lives - according to urban planners, streets take up 60% of the surface of cities. The artist touches upon the main problem of the contemporary debate on street design: the separation of areas for different traffic participants and the need to renegotiate the division of space between them. As theorists say, the street will not expand, we can only share it differently. The flyover was inspired by unfinished buildings, large-scale infrastructure investments, and finally the location of the Pavilion of the Museum on the Vistula, which stands on a tunnel crammed with cars.
Krzysztof Franaszek creates sculptures, installations and drawings. He is a graduate of the Faculty of Sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw (2006) and a Doctor of Fine Arts (2021). He is interested in the interaction between humans and the surrounding space, as well as in adaptation to artificially created urban environments. He explores the clash between creative energy and the destructive forces of nature and time. He exhibits in Poland and abroad. He has been an employee of his alma mater since 2006. He was a scholarship holder in the studio of Christian Jankowski at the Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Stuttgart (2005) and the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage (2009, 2018, 2020). In addition, he has carried out artistic projects in urban spaces in Poland, the Netherlands, Germany and Lithuania. The artist's works can be found in private collections, in the collection of PKO Bank Polski and at the Centre of Polish Sculpture in Orońsko.
Rok powstania: 2022
plywood, formwork structures
Courtesy of the Artist. Work carried out in collaboration with ULMA Construccion Polska S.A.