Burnt Polish small cars, the aesthetics of third-rate Hollywood films, Danse Macabre - medieval depictions of the dance of death, a huge mess from assembled ready-mades, sculptures and painting, from drawing and video: all these are Radek Szlaga's artistic means for his exhibition THE END.
After a first presentation at ALEXANDER OCHS GALLERIES BERLIN 2009 and a working period in the gallery's own artist-in-residence program in Beijing, China 2010, the gallery devotes the third solo exhibition to the artist, born 1979 in Gliwice, Poland.
While we have already met the Polish Volkswagen, the under license produced Polski Fiat, in Szlagas earlier paintings, he now organizes an installation arrangement with collisions of small cars in the gallery space, which he collages with trash, pin-ups, fast-painted canvases and videos into one work.
Based on critical social theories, such as that of the Unabomber Theodore Kaczynski, Szlaga investigates influences of visual media on our existence and promises end-time scenarios.
Radek Szlaga is also shown with DROGA in the Museum of Contemporary Art, National Museum, Stettin, Poland and was included in the 14th Vilnius Triennial, Lithuania and Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts, Poland.