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“Inhabited” by Piotr Chizinski

Piotr Chizinski
March 4- March 27, 2010
Artist Talk and Reception: Thursday, March 4, 4-7 p.m.
Lecture open to public: Thurs, March 4 from 12-1 p.m.

KERA radio interview with the artist.

Piotr Chizinski: Inhabited

Livingroom Scale Project_ Philanthropist, 30x40 lightjet print, 2009

Livingroom Scale Project_ Philanthropist, 30x40 lightjet print, 2009

Richland College is proud to present Piotr Chizinski: New Work. Chizinski’s art develops through a careful questioning of assumptions surrounding the issue of class. Chizinksi’s photographic work utilizes pseudo-science to document class levels by quantifying the trappings of a living room into a score denoting low, proletariat, middle or high class. The work, while taking into account issues of heredity and culture, questions the stratification in society and the individual within a system that proposes unlimited upward mobility.

Family Tree project: each trailer denotes an individual, traits and lineage.

Family Tree project: each trailer denotes an individual, traits and lineage.

Born in 1981 in Connecticut, Piotr Chizinksi has traveled the world through doors opened by his art. After receiving his Bachelor’s degree from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas Chizinski collaborated on the creation of the Ryder Jon Piotrs Nomadic Gallery which has travelled throughout the Southwest. After inclusion in the Viewfinder photography exhibit in Houston and Dallas  Piotr Chizinski’s works were included in the Guangzhou Biennial of Photography in China and the Art LA Expo in Los Angeles, CA. He spent two months at the Hilmsen Residency in Germany during the summer of 2009 developing his recent studies.

The most recent work is based on a eugenics movement in Virginia during the 1920’s that sterilized over 10,000 men for their inability to pass tests developed by highly educated sociologists. The work takes an uncomfortably close look at the family trees of the area and offers a similar sterilization test notifying the test taker of their ‘breeding status’.

Please join us for the opening reception from 4-7 pm and a gallery talk at 6 pm on Thursday, March 4th, 2010. The Brazos Gallery is located on Richland College Campus in the Crockett Building, Room C-140. Brazos Gallery hours are from 10-5 PM Monday through Friday. For more information please contact Ryder Richards, Gallery Coordinator at Richland College, at 972.238.6339 or by email at rrichards@dcccd.edu.

Living Room Scale Project_ demo and explanation by Piotr Chizinski

Family Tree as a trailer park, based on early eugenics studies of the early 1900’s.

For more information www.chizinski.com

KERA interview