[…] this time we have turned our attention to street art and art occurring in various forms in a broadly understood public space. We would like to ask what public space is at the moment, we will think about the relations of street art and the net, and how artists engage directly in current political events, supporting protests, manifestations or simply start a discussion on the shape of the surrounding reality — say Editors -in-Chief.
The theme of the latest issue is street art and art in the public space. The unique and hand-painted covers of each issue were created by the artist – Sławek Zbiok Czajkowski.
From protest art to anti-surveillance art, in this issue, we bring engaging reviews on art in public space exploring how urban art shapes societies and cityscapes. As Magdalena Abakanowicz once pointed out: Art does not solve problems but makes us aware of their existence. It opens our eyes to see and our brain to imagine. Contemporary art, similarly to philosophy, constantly asks us questions, which are often inconvenient, annoying or occur at an unexpected time and place. It involves us in a conversation, but on its own terms. The most sensitive and at the same time the most brutal place in this respect is the proverbial ’street’. It is in this place that artists express their views in the most direct way and communicate with passers-by. We ask what public space is today, we discuss about the relations of street art and the Internet, and present how artists engage directly in current political events, supporting protests, manifestations or simply discussing the shape of the surrounding reality.
Since we held the first issue in our hands two years ago, our magazine has been trying to reflect these discussions, presenting the most interesting contemporary art and the most significant phenomena. The magazine cover is a perfect introduction to exploring them. For this reason, we invited Sławek Zbiok Czajkowski, one of the most original and the most engaged street artists, to collaborate with us in creating the new issue. The artist hand-painted every magazine cover during a three-day-long artistic action, which took place at the Trafo – Centre for Contemporary Art in Szczecin in March 2017. Zbiok, using all the covers of this issue as a canvas, created an enormous work of art. Each reader, regardless of which part of the world they live in, will be an owner of a part of this work.
Urban art does not create barriers, it does not distance itself from viewers; on the contrary, it makes us take part in a dialogue and often in direct confrontation – regardless of our background, education or age. Recalling Magdalena Abakanowicz’s words, we would like to invite you to open your eyes and ears to the space around us and the art that is integral to it.
14 In the Spotlight
18 Invader. When a Spot Catches My Eye I Try Everything to Reach It
26 For Your Eyes Only. Marcin Maciejowski
37 PostcART. Anna Molska
30 Zbiok. The World Is a Mess
40 Making the Lynx Cover. Photostory
42 Marcin Dudek. Special Feature
54 Is Street Art Becoming Outdated?
62 Cedar Lewisohn. Look at Things Outside Your Comfort Zone
67 MIND THE MAP. Lisbon
75 Street Art & Protests. Top 10 Street Artists
80 Art in the Service of Socio-political Upheaval
86 Street Art and Web Art. In Not-so-public Spaces
94 I Can See You. (Anti)Surveillance in Art
100 Beyond the Decisive Moment. Public Spaces in Contemporary Photography
107 MIND THE MAP. Łódź
116 Mosaics. All That Glitters
120 Projecting Cities
126 Sound Lab. In Between the Public and the Private — Experimenting With Sounds In the City Space
128 Mehr Licht! The Short History of the Neon Signs
134 From the Street to Private Collections
139 Event-Information-Image. Ryszard Winiarski in Venice
142 Vinyl Canvas. Łukasz Liebersbach on Designer Toys
150 Let’s Take a Walk. Art Collections Beyond Museum Walls
156 EXPERT’S PICK. Mirosław Bałka
162 On Our Shelf
- Dobromiła Błaszczyk,
- Anna Dziuba,
- Sonia Kądziołka,
- Monika Kozub,
- Sylwia Krasoń,
- Marta Kudelska,
- Maggie Kuzan,
- Maja Lorkowska,
- Kaśka Michałowska,
- Kamila Naglik,
- Magdalena Niedużak,
- Anna Prokop,
- Anna Tomczak,
- Artur Wabik,
- Marek Wołyński,
- Magdalena Zięba,
- Kuba Żary
- Mateusz Szczypiński