Wojtek Więckowski: Poland’s Pollock? Or More? Abstract Expressionism in 2017 / Abstract Realism?

Tony Robert Cochran

Wojtek Więckowski, 33, is personally enigmatic; his work cyclical, nearing kaleidoscopic. Engaging multiple mediums, from blues-infused, folk and ambient guitar compositions paired with photographic slides of his Abstract Expressionist paintings, his oeuvre sits somewhere between Ad Reinhardt’s controlled, restrained and, later monochromatic, paintings, and Jackson Pollock’s ‘action paintings,’ thrown paint whizzing onto canvas. Więckowski unconsciously synthesizes essential elements in the rich history of Abstract Expression, yet his work is not rote.

Meeting Więckowski at his studio: an austere and dilapidated, yet warm space in the basement of an old building in Warsaw’s Sadyba neighborhood, I am shocked when he speaks English with a Texan accent. I ask, puzzled, wait: you are originally from Poland? He laughs, “yep, I am polack!”  Growing up on American folk music, among his other favorite genres which include everything from progressive rock to Blues and Jazz, along with a six-month stint in Texas, has…

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One of these days I will find the courage to have a brain aneurysm.

Tony Robert Cochran

I was thinking yesterday, during one of my headaches,                                                                   as I sat in the Kino Luna, which happens to be across from the Ministry of Coffee,              a place not at all renowned for my frequent patronage,                                                   or idle worship smoking cigarettes and drinking coffee cold brew,                                       next to bottled water,           next to oat milk with espresso,                                                    observing the idol worshipers enter in and out of the Church of  theHoly Savior,             which overlooks roundabout slightly to north of both the Western Cafe,                              and the Eastern cinema,

As I sat in that cinema, head pounding,              Every sound, every movement, every smell intensifying the vein dilating,                    That one on the right side of my forehead, & Miles Davis came on the screen,                       Isn’t that what I came for? To watch a documentary about a Black man who,               Changed the musical landscape of America and…

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Short Note, 1 (Negative Nihilist Ontology & Zen Cyborgs)

Tony Robert Cochran

Invoking far-reaching consequences, empty space precludes space itself, as emptiness precludes empty space. A chain of ‘somethings,’ congeal, like an eddy of finitude on (a/the) sea of infinite nothingness. Negative Nihilist Ontology posits radically that nothing exits everywhere. And this nothing is the upsurge that is called something. Not just ‘something’ but chains, breaks, flows, crashes, symbioses, parasites, growths, decays and retractions of somethings. Paradoxically, nothingness permeates being to its core. Cogitating nothing, subjectivity cannot conceive of a nothing. Nothingness is simultaneously discrete and ubiquitous; ever present in its absence, it runs, withdraws and remains elusive, illusive and allusive. Implying or inferring nothingness conceptually is infinities. Multiple, polyvalent, directionless yet sourcing all direction and particularity, nothingness resides at the core of something. It is ‘coiled in being like a worm’ according to Jean-Paul Sartre (Being & Nothingness). For Sartre, the plenitude of being is. Being is what it is. Nothingness…

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Literally Nothing Publishing is a non-spacial, non-temporal worksite dedicated to the hard process of delving into that which is physically, aesthetically, culturally and politically difficult. The root of this project began with Magazyn Listopadowy / November Magazine, an altermodern continuation, as the Northern Hemisphere aches/arches towards winter, of October. Expanding beyond November to encompass the transnational, globalized, non-site specific within aesthetic criticism, ontology and epistemology, Literally Nothing Publishing was born. Explicating social, cultural, economic and physical relations of inter-subjectivity and between subjects-objects within sculptural-architectural, film, and other artistic practices. Engaging with artists, architects, scientists and mathematicians, to build inter-disciplinary rapport for a neo-conceptual project involving collaborating with language, community and (what it means to be) Other. Promoting artists and artistic practices that open the field of conceptual experiences, in literature, painting, sculpture-architecture, Earth-works, site-constructions, etc.