Manny Krakowski

Manny Krakowski at Monte Vista Projects

September 2, 2016 - Aaron Horst

A looped glass pipe rises out and returns through the top of a freezer in Manny Krakowski’s A Simple Chemistry Experiment Explained as a Monument, currently on view at Monte Vista Projects. Shorn of insulation at its turning point, the pipe reveals a steady flow of cooled (salt) water, its outer condensation dripping onto a piece of synthetic marble below.

The quotidian object in art easily tempts cynicism. To his credit, Krakowski demonstrates that it might still provoke thought—or at least curiosity, for those of us plunged into ponderance by the hum of a compressor. Krakowski’s appliance is transformed, in a manner both subtle and extreme: its innards foregrounded, its intended function left in the dust. Less clear is its relation to the surrounding, accessorized tableau, comprising two immaculate blown-glass orbs, real and synthetic marble, a steel armature smeared in a patina-ing sunscreen (Coppertone?), and overextended aspirations into the digital realm via a materials list reference to “virtual space,” which directs to a vague, appreciably scenic webpage. 

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Interview: Paradigm

October 12, 2009 - Lisa Piaskowy

Lisa Piaskowy speaks with Manny Krakowski on object making and his relocation from the Northwest to Los Angeles. 

"LP: Let’s talk about your hot pink rubber cassette tapes.

MK: That color seems to be an attention getter; people’s eyes are attracted to it. I think they have a fleshy quality, which takes it out of context.

LP: Have you made any glass tapes?

MK: I have not. I’ve thought about it. I’m excited about the level of detail I can get with rubber. I’m working on this piece about the degradation of technology, and these tapes are disintegrating and falling apart. I really love how the rubber captures this falling apartness and even though it’s different from cold glass, I think they have a lot of similarities when glass is hot. Glass is very flexible when it’s hot, and I like how the rubber is flexible, so it captures the same energy as glass."

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