Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on May 2010
Do Andrzej Zielinski’s cellphone paintings “answer the challenge head-on of how to ‘update’ painting and bring it into the 21st century,” as the curators of his new show claim? Answer the question yourself by visiting the American painter’s exhibition at Motus Fort gallery in Kanda. Brandishing an MFA in Fine Arts from Yale, the young New Yorker places his scale renderings of mobile phones amid warped backgrounds that suggest constant shifts in design and technology. Contemplate their meaning, or simply enjoy Zielinski’s simplistic forms and bright, cheerful color schemes.
Andrzej Zielinski. Cell Phones. Painting. Until June 12, free. 1-3-5 Higashi-Kanda, Chiyoda-ku. Open Wed-Sat 11am-7pm, closed Sun-Tue. Nearest stn: Bakurocho. www.motusfort.net