Avenir Magazine Interview


Corruption of memory
Polish-born and London-based artist Konrad Wyrebek speaks about the beauty of imperfection

In his latest work, Data Error Paintings, Wyrebek attempts to build a unique visual grammar to discover the beauty in corrupted and pixelated image, Data Error Paintings are a series of large format abstract 'paintings' using images captured from video footage. Each image is pixelated through a succession of digital compressions with deliberate settings in different softwares. Wyrebek explains that there is a connection between the process and the intensification of abstraction Mondrian's paintings_ During the process, images are destroyed, protected and subsequently retrieved "It is related to my interest in imperfection and deformation "

"I know what I am interested in and I am trying to make that happen_ When you are watching a video online, you can see that sometimes pixelation happens for a second, but I am trying to set the condition to make it happen a bit longer"

Although unintentional, it is possible that one may draw connection in the dialogue of Wyrebek's work with that of Jeff Elrod, whose large-format abstract paintings examine the relationship of mark-makings between the emotional artist's hand and rational technology. Like Wyrebek's previous half flash, half steel 'live sculpture', contrasting elements are brought into play in Data Error Paintings Apart from showing merely elements of abstraction, Wyrebek's paintings also retain the possibility of interference_ They are not simply the product of corrupting process of data, each painting is unique and singular, and each finishing layer is retouched.

The nature of abstract art is always a subject of investigation in Wyrebek's work_ "Can photography be abstract?" he asks_ In his previous work, Plato's Cave, he photographed abstract light in different environments. The photographs look abstract, but they are, nevertheless, a faithful representation of reality_ "It is a presentation of something that looks abstract, but it was an object, a video, a picture" 
"I hke the randomness_ When the mistakes come out, for me, they look beautiful_ By enforcing this mistake, they have the potential to become deeper stories than they are_ The mistakes and pixelation eventually end up looking interesting and have the intellectual potential to open the gate to see something different."
There is a certain irony in Wyrebek's abstract paintings, when the details are gone, we are but forced to step back to see a clearer and bigger picture_ As the viewers step back, the boarders of the pixels become invisible, the process of pixelation is being reversed and the seemingly calm, regular and geometrical pixels become chaotic and dynamic. By reducing the superficial meaning, and by abstracting the figurative, artists like Wyrebek's knowingly compel viewers to search for meaning in the art work, to see rather than simply looking. 

Perhaps the best way to describe Wyrebek's Data Error Paintings would beas 'the perfection in imperfection.' Like Wyrebek's paintings, our memories are an imperfect recording of the events in our lives_ Recalling them, they can be interrupted, or even corrupted by our emotions and the very imperfect nature of memory itself_ It is through, a different way of seeing: we see the perfection in imperfection. - Timothy Chan for Avenir Magazine

DataError painting

 "pDBBRR"i 150x200cm, Uv ink, oil paint, spray paint and vanish on canvas © Konrad Wyrebek 2013

DataError painting

“FoRRESTMA” 150x200cm, Uv ink, oil paint, spray paint and vanish on canvas © Konrad Wyrebek 2014

Konrad Wyrebek's "DataError Video Paintings" at Solyanka Art Museum

Konrad Wyrebek Naturell Video painting projection (20sec) 2013
Konrad Wyrebek “Naturell” Video painting projection in space (20sec) 2013



London-based artist Konrad Wyrebek is exhibiting new AV work in the group show Video/Painting at Solyanka State Gallery in Moscow.
Konrad Wyrebek is showing two large screen video pieces from his DataError series, alongside 14 other critically acclaimed Russian and international artists including AES+F, Erik Bulatov and Olga Chernyshova. 


With Solyanka Museum fast becoming one of the city’s most exciting art institutions,Video/Painting explores the relationship and tension between the two forms, and the potential for painting to come to life through video.

Konrad Wyrebek also works with sculpture, 3D scanning, painting and digital print. Investigating contemporary concerns – such as the effects of consumer culture, technology and obsession with physical perfection – his process often begins with images and material sourced online. These sources are then re-appropriated, distorted or re-made in different mediums, with much of Konrad/Wyrebek’s output attempting to find fault-lines where idealised images and messages begin to breakdown and become new possibilities.

Solyanka Museum, 109028, Moscow, Salsola Street 1.2, p. 2 (entrance from the street. Zabelina) 

Konrad Wyrebek Truth Relevance Video painting (10sec. on lope) 2013
Konrad Wyrebek Truth Relevance Video painting projection in space (10sec. on a loop) 2013


Naturell Video painting projection

Konrad Wyrebek Naturell Video painting projection (20sec) 2013
Konrad Wyrebek “Naturell” Video painting projection in space (20sec) 2013

Truth Relevance Video painting

Konrad Wyrebek Truth Relevance Video painting (10sec. on lope) 2013
Konrad Wyrebek Truth Relevance Video painting projection in space (10sec. on lope) 2013

"PacyficRGB"

Konrad Wyrebek "PacyficRGB" c-type print, 150 x 200 cm,  framed
Konrad Wyrebek "PacyficRGB" c-type print, 150 x 200 cm,  framed

Dash Magazine Feature


Left: above: "DataError Lgg2hot" c-type print, below: "PrayPlay" oil painting. Right: "DataError Abstt" c-type print.
Dash Magazine covers


Metal sculpture YYBKS

Konrad Wyrebek Metal sculpture 
YYBKS 80 x 120 x 200 cm
Konrad Wyrebek Metal sculpture YYBKS 80 x 120 x 200 cm
Konrad Wyrebek Metal sculpture 
YYBKS 80 x 120 x 200 cm
Konrad Wyrebek Metal sculpture YYBKS 80 x 120 x 200 cm

Metal sculpture GRSTV

Konrad Wyrebek Metal sculpture GRSTV 120 x 140 x 180 cm
Konrad Wyrebek Metal sculpture GRSTV 120 x 140 x 180 cm


Kaltblut Magazine review

"(...) And there’s another presence across the floor that seems to beckon you closer. Like futuristic power forks, two strikingly sharp steel sculptures by Konrad Wyrebek invite you to touch – if you dare. At once fetishistic and religious, alien and occult, closer inspection of Wyrebek’s YYBKSLAVE reveals strips of gaffer tape hanging from the metal spears."


"(...) Next you notice indentations in the strip of fabric beneath them and you start to think ‘people were here.’ But were these humans praying, or were they hostages bound to the metal?"
 

"(...) A short video fIlmed at the Flesh Reality private view offers some explanation as, awkwardly observed by a teeming crowd, two naked bodies are tied by tape to the sculptures and then, at the end of the evening, released."


"(...) There is the uneasy sense that the figures are simultaneously worshipping and enslaved, passively submitting to their own narcissistic fantasy. The sculptures then have two lives – a before and after. The residue of the piece’s human presence is rendered even more poignant when the documentation is considered too, with its suggestion that you have unearthed a relic from tomorrow."


"(...) It draws your eye back to Sarah Lucas and her intestinal snake in a skin of flesh tone nylon – a malformed piece of inside out life. And beyond this are two powerful paintings by Konrad Wyrebek, Triumverate I and II, that also twist the human form – here with brush strokes that are brilliantly free; alternately washed out and strident. The effect is a poised orgy of monochrome flesh that is somehow withdrawn and undecided – tainted with a bleak futility that no shower will ever shift." by Gerard Woods

Artlyst review

""The most immediately striking piece in the show is by Konrad Wyrebek with his sculpture 'YYBKSLAVE' which explores the idea of personal body obsession as a New Religion."



(...) "During the private view for Flesh Reality, two live models (one of each gender) were blindfolded, undressed and tied onto two steel sculptures that Wyrebek has evolved from the deconstruction of a pentagram. It's a piece that evokes the uneasy relationship between rationality and fanatic belief, and also the consequences that 'perfect body' fanaticism may inflict on a 'believer's' mind and body. Wyrebek also shows two powerful monochrome paintings, 'Triumvirate I and II', that connect visually with Sarah Lucas' 'NUD' sculpture and that, despite their small size, have an energy and sense of nihilism that resonates long after you leave."

YBKSLAVE sculpture activation

Konrad Wyrebek YBKSLAVE sculpture actication (3h) 2013
Konrad Wyrebek YBKSLAVE sculpture actication (3h) 2013
Konrad Wyrebek YBKSLAVE sculpture actication (3h) 2013
Konrad Wyrebek YBKSLAVE sculpture actication (3h) 2013

Konrad Wyrebek YBKSLAVE sculpture actication (3h) 2013
Konrad Wyrebek YBKSLAVE sculpture actication (3h) 2013

Sculpture Activation Video



Live sculpture by Konrad Wyrebek a a part of Flesh Reality show in Point Zero Project space, London.

Polish Cultural Institute

"The works of London based artists Konrad Wyrebek, Sarah Lucas, Matthew Miles and New York based artist Laurie Simmons, explore contemporary notions of the body in the capitalist fantasy."


(...) "Wyrebek's practice is also centered on the bi-phenomena of capitalist fashion and lifestyle consumerism, where building a certain kind of 'standardised' body in the media is treated as a new form of religion. Such a tendency can subsequently result in a submissive and sometimes even masochistic relationship to the manipulating voices of widespread media material."

Huffingtonpost review

"Visualise a kind of living sculpture, half human half metal and picture the scene... Two people walk into a gallery, naked, and are taped to a sculpture for three hours as spectators come and for an East End art opening, the opening of "Flesh Reality" at the Point Zero Project Space, Dalston, London. How do you think you would feel? Uncomfortable? Intimate? Scared? Aroused?"


"(...) exhibition featuring well established and up and coming artists working in with a range of media. If this show is anything to go by, I for one, very much look forward to seeing what they do next." by Amah-Rose McKnight-Abrams

Culture pl review

"As evidenced in the "live sculpture" seen in the video, Wyrebek's practice is focused on the capitalist approach to the body and lifestyle consumerism of contemporary life. The idea of a "standardised" body and its ritualistic representation in the media is part of a tendency to reduce the body to a shallow physical form, bringing on an inherent manipulation."

Hunger Tv review

"The inaugural show at any gallery is important as is sets the tone and the aims for each exhibition to come. Point Zero gallery has therefore made a powerful announcement with its first show Flesh Reality."

Konrad Wyrebek (two oil paintings) and Sarah Lucas (sculpture, courtesy of Sadie Coles HQ),
Konrad Wyrebek (two oil paintings) and Sarah Lucas (sculpture, courtesy of Sadie Coles HQ),

Diane Pernet - A Shaded View

"(...) its private view attended by over 800 gallery goers."


"(...) A live - and naked - performance that 'activated' an alien-esque sculpture piece by Konrad Wyrebek created a charged atmosphere, with the crowds also taking in bold works by the likes of Sarah Lucas, Erwin Wurm, Laurie Simmons."

FAD

Fast Art Newsletter FAD



WJ Magazine



http://whosjack.org/flesh-reality-point-zero-project-space-dalston/

4VSrrUV Metal Sculpture and painted bacground

Konrad Wyrebek 4VSrrUV Metal Sculpture 200 x 130 x 140 cm and pained background
Konrad Wyrebek 4VSrrUV Metal Sculpture 200 x 130 x 140 cm and pained background


Flesh Reality Video Tour



A short tour of Flesh Reality, the debut exhibition at Point Zero project space, London

Flesh Reality at Point Zero Project space, Dalston, London

Erwin Wurm (print, courtesy of Thaddaeus Ropac Salzburg), Konrad Wyrebek (metal sculpture), Matthew Miles (two screen video)

Erwin Wurm (print, courtesy of Thaddaeus Ropac Salzburg), Konrad Wyrebek (metal sculpture), Matthew Miles (two screen video)

Whitney McVeigh (monoprint), Konrad Wyrebek (metal sculpture), Sarah Lucas (sculpture, courtesy of Sadie Coles HQ), Konrad Wyrebek (two oil paintings)

Whitney McVeigh (monoprint), Konrad Wyrebek (metal sculpture), Sarah Lucas(sculpture, courtesy of Sadie Coles HQ), Konrad Wyrebek (two oil paintings)

FLESH REALITY - London

Flesh Reality is the debut exhibition at Point Zero project space. Flesh Reality explores the human relationship with the body and features works by Sarah Lucas, John Isaacs, Konrad Wyrebek, Erwin Wurm, Matthew Miles, Laurie Simmons, Whitney McVeigh, Tatsumi Hijikata, Kiki Smith, Matthew Killick, Hans Bellmer and Jiri Kolar.


Matthew Miles (two screen video), Konrad Wyrebek (metal sculpture), Jiri Kolar (collage), Whitney McVeigh (monoprint), Sarah Lucas (sculpture, courtesy of Sadie Coles HQ) Konrad Wyrebek (two oil paintings), John Isaacs (wax sculpture)
Left to right: Matthew Miles (two screen video), Konrad Wyrebek (metal sculpture), Jiri Kolar (collage), Whitney McVeigh (monoprint), Sarah Lucas (sculpture, courtesy of Sadie Coles HQ) Konrad Wyrebek (two oil paintings), John Isaacs (wax sculpture)



Sarah Lucas (sculpture, courtesy of Sadie Coles HQ), Konrad Wyrebek (two oil paintings), Laurie Simmons (print, courtesy of Wilkinson Gallery), Matthew Miles and Konrad Wyrebek (video), John Issacs (sculpture, courtesy of Aeroplastics Contemporary)
Left to right: Sarah Lucas (sculpture, courtesy of Sadie Coles HQ), Konrad Wyrebek (two oil paintings), Laurie Simmons (print, courtesy of Wilkinson Gallery), Matthew Miles and Konrad Wyrebek (video), John Issacs (sculpture, courtesy of Aeroplastics Contemporary)



Konrad Wyrebek (painting) , John Issacs (sculpture), Laurie Simmons (print, courtesy of Wilkinson Gallery)

Left to right: Konrad Wyrebek (painting) , John Issacs (sculpture), Laurie Simmons (print, courtesy of Wilkinson Gallery)

Between studios

Working in fire with new ideas between two different studios

Konrad Wyrebek studio, artist studio
cutting on fire
Konrad Wyrebek studio, artist studio
new baby to be born ^ drawings
Welding blue supernova

Crane Tv - studio visit and interview




A short interview video with artist Konrad Wyrebek. Filmed in his studio in Dalston, East London, the video takes a closer look at his work across various media, including painting, moving image and sculpture.

distort BbRD Digital works framed

Konrad Wyrebek distort 2nd 2ble Digital works framed 1235 x 1635 x 55 mm each


Konrad Wyrebek distort BbRD 2nd 2ble Digital works framed 1235 x 1635 x 55 mm
Konrad Wyrebek distort BLBL Digital works framed 1235 x 1635 x 55 mm

Platos Cave prints faramed

Konrad Wyrebek Cave 2ble Digital works framed 1235 x 1635 x 55 mm each


Konrad Wyrebek Cave BL 2ble Digital works framed 1235 x 1635 x 55 mm

Konrad Wyrebek Cave OR 2ble Digital works framed 1235 x 1635 x 55 mm