Brooklyn-based artist Christian Tomaszewski creates installations that combine interests in architectural and cinematic space. These complex interventions are often constructed of cardboard walls, false or revolving doors, mirrors, and other materials or devices used to simulate real space in film; the artist transforms them from imaginary, incomplete entities, experienced only by the eye, into whole realms of space experienced by the body as well. In a recent project, Hunting for Pheasants, currently on view at Tufts University Art Gallery, Medford, MA, Tomaszewski created a series of fictional film posters based on famous assassinations and installed them within a space negotiated by threading through a knee-high maze. The result is an atmosphere of disorientation, challenge, and speculation on what is real and what is fabricated.
Tomaszewski received his MFA from the Academy of Fine Arts, Poznan, Poland, in 1995. He has had solo exhibitions at Galerie Michael Wiesehöfer, Cologne, Germany (2008); Sculpture Center, Long Island City, NY (2007); Kunstforum Ostdeutsche Galerie, Regensburg, Germany (2007); and Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz, Chemnitz, Germany (2007). His work has been included in many group exhibitions, including Of Other Spaces, Bureau for Open Culture, Columbus, OH (2009); Fear Minus One, University Art Gallery, San Diego, CA (2008); Manipulations-On Economies of Deceit, Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, Poland (2007); International Biennale of Contemporary Art, National Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic (2005); and The Palimpsest Museum, First Biennale of Polish Art, Lodz, Poland (2004).