Multi-media artist Piotr Szyhalski will be in residence at Temple Contemporary Monday, September 30–Wednesday, October 2 creating a monumental banner using a public-access letterpress printer. It’s an eccentric device where people can use their body weight to make inked impressions, one letter at a time. Each letter is more than 2 feet high, cut by Szyhalski out of insulation foam. The print surface is a continuous roll about 3 feet wide. It is Piotr’s hope to work with students to help him create this monumental artwork, followed by a performance starting at Temple Contemporary on Wednesday, Oct. 2 from 3–4 p.m. Szyhalski will, with the help of fellow student collaborators, carry this monumental message around campus.
Piotr is specifically interested to work with students who are invested in harnessing art’s power to provoke discourse around the complex social and political issues of the day.
About the Artist
Moving between fine arts, sound, media art, and design, Piotr Szyhalski’s multilayered works often explore communication/exchange, extreme historical phenomena, and relationships between the individual and society/history/time. His work has been exhibited worldwide at such venues as the International Center of Photography, the New York Expo Film Festival, Siggraph, ISEA Paris, the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, the San Jose Museum of Art, and Experimental Design in Lisbon, Portugal, and featured in a variety of catalogs and publications. His pieces are in the collections of the Walker Art Center, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and others. Szyhalski has been the recipient of the McKnight Artist Fellowship for Visual Artists (2017, 2010).