Masked man of aesthetic mystery, Konrad Smoleński, has alerted the world to the dynamic and uncompromising will of the young Polish art scene. With his video series documenting landscapes of grey abyss as well as sound installations and performances, his tongue-in-cheek approach to art emulsifies action with aesthetics in a compelling mixture that lacks the detached attitude that has become characteristic of many contemporary artists. Think exploding plant pots, greased-up slo-mo bodybuilders, flaming drum kits, and a missile strung up like a bass guitar.
Having won the 2011 Views art prize for young Polish artists, Smoleński stands at the vanguard of the “guerilla”-styled Polish art scene and forms an ideal figure to shed some of his light on the nascent cultural scene in Warsaw. In his top picks of the Polish capital, the city’s industrial past serves as a sort of narrative that demonstrates where Warsaw’s appeal lies for young, restless talents.