Sep 27, 2008

Barack Obama – it’s too early for a black president!

We decided not to stay away from the topic and we painted Obama, even twice! There are rather two versions - ‘whitening’ and ‘beautifying’ the candidate for the American president.

Krasnal Bansky "I am White / Barack Obama". 2008. Oil on canvas. 70 x 60 cm

Whielki Krasnal "I'm White / Barack Obama". 2008. Oil on canvas. 30 x 22 cm

The Polish journalist wrote from Washington in a ‘Rzeczpospolita’ daily newspaper on the 22 of Sept, that ‘it’s too early for a black president’ in United States. ‘Racist prejudice of the part of white electors can finish Obama, according to new surveys.’
Let’s hope the racist state of opinion will not dominate the elections.
Good Luck!
The Krasnals support Obama!

Daily reporting on the world of Barack Obama artwork, prints and auctions:

Group sex with Angela Merkel

The German town of Bodman-Ludwigshafen in the far south of Germany isn't exactly a hot tourist attraction. But lately it has been a magnet for tourists armed with cameras and camcorders. The sudden fame is due to a controversial tryptich at the center of town - a work by the German sculpture, Peter Lenk.

The sculpture is called "group-sex relief" and features prominent politicians and corporate players in various states of undress and completely nude. One panel stars German Chancellor Angela Merkel and former Chancellor Gerhard Schröder laughing and grabbing each others private parts.

In a ‘Wprost’ weekly (on 21 of Sept) they ask; where are the boundaries of satire and the freedom of the artistic statement?
‘There are no boundaries – German politics said unanimously.’
Meanwhile, not so far from Germany, polish art critics are indignant with The Krasnals drawings.
What a difference just a border makes…

Whielki Krasnal "Go on Wili". 2008. Markers on paper
(on the drawing: Slavoj Zizek, Kuba Banasiak, Slawomir Sierakowski, Wilhelm Sasnal)

Sep 26, 2008

The Animal Pyramid

Whielki Krasnal "The Animal Pyramid / based on the work of Katarzyna Kozyra". 2008. Oil on canvas. 92 x 65 cm

Sep 23, 2008

"We love The Krasnals"

Gorilla Magazine about the Krasnals and Homo Sovieticus:

Sep 20, 2008

Concrete brain of Homo Sovieticus

Whielki Krasnals "Concrete brain of Homo Sovieticus / based on the work of Monika Sosnowska". 2008. Oil on canvas. 90 x 100 cm

Recent activity of the Polish artist Monika Sosnowska inspired us for reflections about Homo Sovieticus.
The artist, who succeeded in the Venice Biennale 2007 and has just her show in Schaulager in Basel, contributed to rising one of the most aggressive fractions of commerce in Polish contemporary art. She uses our sad history and grey PRL (previous socialistic system) past refering to socmodern aesthetics only for career and money reasons.
For western art institutions this is just attractive and exotic because they didn't experience that reality. And for us this is socialistic kitch.

Whielki Krasnal "Concrete mask of socmodern Polish contemporary art/ from the Great Poles series / Monika Sosnowska". 2008. Oil on canvas. 50 x 60 cm

From Wikipedia:
"Homo Sovieticus (pseudo Latin for "Soviet Man (human)") is a sarcastic and critical reference to a category of people with a specific mindset that were allegedly created by the governments of the Soviet bloc. The term was coined by well-known Soviet writer and sociologist Aleksandr Zinovyev as the title of his book of the same name. [1] A similar term in Russian slang is sovok (Совок), which is derived from Soviet but also means scoop.

The idea that the Soviet system would create a new, better kind of person was first postulated by the advocates of the Soviet system; they called it the "New Soviet man". Homo Sovieticus, however, was a term with negative connotations, invented by opponents to describe what they said was the real result of Soviet policies. In many ways it meant the opposite of the New Soviet man, someone characterized by the following:
Indifference to the results of his labor (as expressed in the saying "They pretend they are paying us, and we pretend we are working"), and lack of initiative.
Indifference to common property and petty theft from the workplace, both for personal use and for profit. A line from a popular song, "Everything belongs to kolkhoz, everything belongs to me" ("все теперь колхозное, все теперь мое"), meaning that people on collective farms treasured all common property as their own, was sometimes used ironically to refer to instances of petty theft. The Law of Spikelets, which made stealing from the collective punishable by ten years’ imprisonment, was a failed attempt to break this attitude.
Isolation from world culture, created by the Soviet Union's restrictions on travel abroad and strict censorship of information in the media (as well as the abundance of propaganda). The intent was to insulate the Soviet people from Western influence; instead, "exotic" Western culture became more interesting precisely because it was forbidden. Soviet officials called this fascination "Western idolatry" (идолопоклонничество перед Западом).
Obedience or passive acceptance of everything that government imposes on them (see authoritarianism). Avoidance of taking any individual responsibility on anything."

Sep 14, 2008

Wow! How NICELY is here / Georgia 2008

Whielki Krasnal "Wow! How NICELY is here! / Georgia 2008". 2008. Oil on canvas. 40 x 55 cm

Based on the frame from the video "Wow! How NICELY is here! / Georgia 2008" realized by The Krasnals in September 2008 by The Krasnals in Georgia.
We all watch the hot news about Georgia. Polish position is defined.
For us the situation in Georgia is particularly close. In September 2008
we realized the video which was the inspiration for the painting of
Whielki Krasnal "Wow! How NICELY is here! / Georgia 2008". We can't see
there bloody victims of the attack of Russian tanks. However in the
overtone and in the context of all the news about this difficult, tensed
up situation, the tragedy is present.


Sep 13, 2008

Przemysław Gosiewski

Krasnal Halabala "Great Poles/Przemysław Gosiewski - adin, dwa, tri...". 2008. Acrylics on hardboard. 55 x 46 cm
Member of the Polish right party PIS

Sep 10, 2008

Zbigniew Brzezinski - Out of control

Zbigniew Brzezinski, from the interview in The Huffington Post on 10.08.2008: "Fundamentally at stake is what kind of role Russia will play in the new international system. Unfortunately, Putin is putting Russia on a course that is ominously similar to Stalin's and Hitler's in the late 1930s. Swedish foreign minister Carl Bildt has correctly drawn an analogy between Putin's "justification" for dismembering Georgia -- because of the Russians in South Ossetia -- to Hitler's tactics vis a vis Czechoslovakia to "free" the Sudeten Deutsch."

Krasnal Bansky. “USA – Poland – Russia - Out of control / Zbigniew Brzezinski”. 2008. Akrylic, stencil on canvas. 70 x 60 cm

Sep 3, 2008

Whielki Krasnal’s painting – from the exhibition Olympic Fine Arts 2008 to the museum in Beijing

Painting exhibited:
Whielki Krasnal “Propulsion”. 2008. Oil on canvas. 120 x 160 cm

Whielki Krasnal was invited by International Olympic Committee, Chinese Ministry of Culture and the Organizing Committee for the Olympic Fine Arts 2008 to take part at the exhibition Olympic Fine Arts 2008. As the only one he represented Poland.
The formal exhibition opened in Beijing on August 11 Li Changchun; member of the Standing Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee Political Bureau, Jacques Rogge, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) president and Juan Antonio Samaranch, the IOC honorary president, attended the opening ceremony in the China International Exhibition Center.

The artist received official letter with acknowledgement from the chairman of Olympic Fine Arts - He Zhen Liang, certificate, Olympic Torch from Torino 2006, designed by Pininfarina – designer of Ferrari. Whielki Krasnal is one of the few artists that supported Olympic Games.

The artist presented the painting “Propulsion”, which is the travesty of Rodchenko’s work for Russian Car. He believed in strict connection with the strong body and healthy spirit. The concept is based on avant-garde tradition in which the power of development, strength and futuristic ideas were the most valuable.

The exhibition will last till the end of September, at the International Exhibition Center in Beijing.
After that it will be shown in Switzerland, Greece, United States, and finally situated at the new Museum for Olympic Fine Arts at the Forbidden City.