The Department of Subterranea about Marcin Dudek


Dudek‘s book takes us into the artist’s living space usurped by a parasitic mass of adhesive tape and plastic, through the illusion of a painting out into a space behind his exhibitions

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Marcin Dudek’s book delves into the captivating universe of a literal and figurative underground, which took form in works he created below and above ground in the past ten years.
 The Department of Subterranea takes us into the artist’s living space usurped by a parasitic mass of adhesive tape and plastic film Tunnel Recording, through the illusion of a painting out into a space behind the exhibition How to Rumble Painting, and into underground mazes constructed from tape, wood or jute fabric
 I Will Eat This Sleepy Town, Cathedral of Human Labour, Land of Space and Optimism, out to public space Winter Pavilion, Pumping Station.
It also allows us to revisit composite shows and performances Too Close for Comfort , Wild , Punch to the Sky, and see a few of Dudek’s unique hand-made books Coal, Strata as well as his extensive series of meticulously composed collages When I Think About Painting , Unexplained Ground Subsidence , 17972 and many others – unveiling many of Dudek’s intricate references in its concise project descriptions and an insightful interview. Produced in co-operation with Harlan Levey Projects.

The book as an object demands your active participation – the black plastic wrap it is covered in, which taints your hands and, thus, enables you to identify more closely with Dudek’s characters when you try to open it. More importantly, you have a choice to make: do you browse the book straight away and leave black marks on its white pages? Or do you perform an act of ritual cleansing and wash your hands first?

Marcin Dudek studied at the University of Art Mozarteum and Central Saint Martins, graduating in 2005 and 2007 respectively. Recent presentations include Head in the Sand, Curated by Sebastian Gawlowski, Galeria Leto (Warsaw 2015), No Matter How, Round and Square, Sala Projeto Fidalga, (Sao Paulo 2015), Revers de Trompe, Curated by Siegfried Zaworka, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna (Vienna, 2015). Dudek’s work has been exhibited internationally at venues including Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Kunstlerhaus, Salzburg, the Arad Art Museum and the Goethe Institute, Kiev. Dudek lives and works in Brussels and London.

Edition of 800 books

Language: English

Dimensions: HC, 25 × 16 cm | 200 pages | Hard Cover

Published by MER. Paper Kunsthalle | Authors: Harlan Levey, Anna Stüler Design Amélie Bouvier & Rita Máximo  | ISBN 978 94 9232 103 9

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Weight 0.750 kg
Dimensions 25 × 16 × 3 cm

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