Andrzej Zielinski - solo show at Dolphin Gallery, Kansas CIty, 2012, installation view, photo credits - NY Post Modern

Andrzej Zielinski

United States 1976

Sculpture, Painting, Prints, Drawing

Andrzej Zielinski
Andrzej Zielinski
United States
July 28, 2015
Alias of Jasmina Sevic, a researcher and author for Widewalls. She graduated from the Faculty of Political Science (Department for Journalism) in Belgrade in 2013.

Andrzej Zieliński is an American contemporary artist known for his paintings depicting everyday electronic devices such as mobile phones, laptops, ATM machines and paper shredders.
Born in 1976 in Kansas City, Missouri, USA, Zieliński earned his BFA at The School of The Art Institute of Chicago in 2002 and his MFA in painting and printmaking at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, in 2004.

Paintings of Electronic Gadgets

During his studies at Yale University, Zieliński’s work transformed from orderly black and white collages, often made from cloth, into intense luminous paintings of electronic gadgets that have become the part of our daily life. Some of his first works were the paintings of laptops which were witty in their presentation – the lines were crooked, perspectives were tilted, while the colors were absurdly bright.

Left - Andrzej Zielinski - 4 dolars, 2005, Right - Andrzej Zielinski - 5 percent, 2005, photo credits - artist
Left: Andrzej Zielinski – 4 dolars, 2005 / Right: Andrzej Zielinski – 5 percent, 2005

The young artist then became interested in the presentation of other everyday electronic devices including ATM, paper shredders, and cell phones. Again, Zieliński painted in dense wild colors. He focused on how these inventions hide their complexities behind their uncomplicated exteriors. Althought we could hardly imagine one day without electronics yet most of us hardly know how they function.

Positive and Negative Sides of Technology

In his paintings, Andrzej Zieliński wants to show both the positive and negative sides of technology. Some of his machines are depicted like “monsters” presenting the detrimental applications of technology, while, at the same moment, the joyful colours express the advantages of modern technology. Depicted at a 1:1 ratio as compared to the real time objects, these paintings display a distortion between actual and perceived space which in turn highlights the dichotomy between the digital and the hand crafted, as well as our dependence on machines with constantly updating functions and capabilities.

Left - Andrzej Zielinski - Paused Printer, 2012, Right - Andrzej Zielinski - Blanco ATM #1, 2010, photo credits - artist
Left: Andrzej Zielinski – Paused Printer, 2012 / Right: Andrzej Zielinski: Blanco ATM #1, 2010

Zieliński’s pieces are mixed media, which includes a variety of materials. The artist seeks to update painting by using 21st century acrylics, transparent gels and mediums and his inimitable painting style means each scrape of the palatte knife parallel suggests description, abstraction and bas-relief. All of his heavily textured paintings have a sculptural quality.

Andrzej Zieliński’s Exhibitions

Andrzej Zieliński’s work has been included in many individual and collective exhibitions at Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, Kansas (2015; 2011); Mottahedan Projects, Dubai, United Arab Emirates (2014); The Dolphin Gallery, Kansas City (2013; 2012; 2011; 2010; 2009); Motus Fort, Tokyo, Japan (2013; 2011; 2010); Gallery 9, Sydney, Australia (2012; 2011); Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Canberra, Australia (2011); DCKT Contemporary, New York, NY (2011; 2009); Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery, New York, NY (2008; 2006; 2005; 2004); Marc Selwyn Fine Art, Los Angeles, CA (2005), amongst others.

Andrzej Zielinski - Devices, solo show at Dolphin Gallery, Kansas CIty, 2012, installation view, photo courtesy of Gallery 9
Andrzej Zielinski – Devices, solo show at Dolphin Gallery, Kansas CIty, 2012, installation view

Andrzej Zieliński’s art is in many notable public collections including Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, KS; Canberra Museum and Gallery, Canberra, ACT, Australia; Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, Sedalia, MO; Portland Art Museum, Portland, Oregon; and Johnson County Community College School Collection, Overland Park, KS, among others.

Chopin: Desire for Love

Andrzej Zielinski played Albert Grzymala, Fryderyk Chopin’s closest friend in the Polish movie Chopin: Desire for Love (Polish: Chopin. Pragnienie miłości), created by director Jerzy Antczak and based on the life story of the famous Polish composer and virtuoso pianist of the Romantic era, Fryderyk Chopin.

Andrzej Zieliński lives and works between Berlin, Germany, New York, NY and Canberra, Australia.

YearExhibition TitleMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
20168th International Printmaking Biennial of DouroDouro, PortugalGroup
2015Andrzej Zielinski: Open SourcedNerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, KS, USASolo
2015Group Exhibition: Masahiro Suda, Houran Yokoyama, Masaki Yada and Andrzej ZielinskiCamberwell College of Arts, London, UKGroup
20152nd Global Print 2015Douro, PortugalGroup
2014You Are Disconnected, Would You Like To ProceedMottahedan Projects, Dubai, United Arab EmiratesSolo
2014On Behalf of One’s ObsessionsHaw Contemporary, Kansas City, MOGroup
2013Object PossessionJANE: TERZIAN PROJECTS, Bantam, ConnecticutSolo
2013Devices Opening UpMotus Fort, Tokyo, JapanSolo
2013Thanks for the WarningThe Dolphin Gallery, Kansas City, MOGroup
2012Output DevicesGallery 9, Sydney, AustraliaSolo
2012InterfacesThe Dolphin Gallery, Kansas City, MOSolo
2012Artists in Residence Megalo Printshop/Gallery, Canberra, AustraliaGroup
2012Oppenheimer Collection, a 20th Anniversary Celebration The Nerman Museum of Contemporary ArtOverland Park, KSGroup
2012I Aim Too HighThe Dolphin Gallery, Kansas City, MOGroup
2011PrototypeCanberra Contemporary Art Space, Canberra, AustraliaSolo
2011DevicesGallery 9, Sydney, AustraliaSolo
2011Seven ScreensDCKT Contemporary, New York, NYSolo
2011Abstract • Kansas CityThe Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, KSGroup
2011PushThe Dolphin Gallery, Kansas City, MOGroup
2011No One in Particular, Except..Motus Fort, Tokyo, JapanGroup
2011A Momentary Stay Against ConfusionHorton Gallery, Berlin, GermanyGroup
2011What’s UpThe Dolphin Gallery, Kansas City, MOGroup
2011Recent AcquisitionsThe Nerman MoCA, Overland Park, KSGroup
2010Cell PhonesMotus Fort, Tokyo, JapanSolo
2010UnknownThe Dolphin Gallery, Kansas City, MOGroup
2009ShreddersDCKT Contemporary, New York City, NYSolo
2009Paper ShreddersThe Dolphin Gallery, Kansas City, MOSolo
2009Chimera Painting Exhibition, SCOPE Art ShowMiami, FLGroup
2009Life Goes OnParlour Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2009Charlotte Street Foundation FellowsKansas City Art Institute H & R Block SpaceGroup
2009Skin JobsMarc Selwyn Fine Art, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2008Organic GeometryNicole Klagsbrun Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2008UnknownJCCC, Overland Park, KSGroup
2007Possessed: Representations of Single ObjectsDorksy Gallery Curatorial Programs, Long Island City, NYGroup
2007Urban SuburbanEpsten Gallery, Overland Park, KSGroup
2006BlenderSundram Tagore Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2006View 2, Recent Acquisitions to the Oppenheimer CollectionJohnson County Community College, Overland Park, KSGroup
2006Jonathan Callan, Rodney Graham, Matthew Higgs, Imi Knoebel, Hirsch Perlman, Andrzej ZielinskiNicole Klagsbrun Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2006HomecomingJCCC Collection for the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, KSGroup
2006Clarissa Dalrymple’s Exhibition of Young Artists to Benefit the Foundation for Contemporary ArtBortolami Dayan, New York, NYGroup
2005Control Option ShiftNicole Klagsbrun Gallery, New York, NYSolo
2005Andrzej ZielinskiMarc Selwyn Fine Art, Los Angeles, CASolo
2005Greater New YorkP.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, NYGroup
2005UnknownMarc Selwyn Fine Art, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2005Beyond Bounds Gold RushNerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, KSGroup
2004Emerging NYCPool Art Center Gallery, Drury University, Springfield, MOGroup
2004Succeeding Where the Hippies FailedLeRoy Neiman Gallery, Columbia University, New York, NYGroup
2004Cable Twentieth AnniversaryNicole Klagsbrun Gallery, New York, NYGroup