10 Nov 2016
Tap and Die - A lecture on the work of Andy Kaufman and Lee Lozano
Fudakowski reveals her fascination with these two artists and their influence on her own work- which often balances precariously between the comic and the tragic, by looking at their provocative approach to thinning the membrains between art and life.
Lee Lozano (1930-1999) was a game-changing painter, pun-master and conceptual artist working in New York in the 60’s to early 70’s before she decided to stop and radically broke ties with the art world in her last and perhaps most consequential work: ‘Dropout piece’. Andy Kaufman (1949-1984), from Great Neck, was a self-proclaimed song-and-dance man, who challenged audiences to varying degrees of confusion, discomfort, and laughter through his radically innovative and at times confrontational performative style.
While neither Kaufman nor Lozano considered themselves comedians, they both had a pretty funny relationship with women. Kaufman as the self-proclaimed ‘champion’ of inter-gender wrestling and misogynist-extrodinaire alter-ego Tony Cliffton, and Lozano’s ‘Boycott women piece’ which she allegedly kept working on till the end of her life. Both sought an extreme relationship with the female gender, perhaps purely because, ‘that’s where the action is’, as Lozano wrote in one of her notebooks.
Their personal as well as professional narratives have held a lasting fascination partly because they were both seemingly cut short. Employing all the liberties bestowed on the amateur, Fudakowski investigates these two towering figures, as well as the art worlds preoccupation with their authenticity, and attempts to bring you closer to where the action was.
Kasia Fudakowski was born in London in 1985. She studied Fine Art at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, Oxford University from 2003-2006 before moving to Berlin. Working in both sculpture, film and performance, her work has most recently been seen at her solo exhibition ‘Exitainment’ at Riverside in Bern, Switzerland for which she created new work while on a residency at Fürstenberg Contemporary in Heiligenberg. Prior to this she has exhibited at a number of international institutions including; Futura in Prague, Kölnische Kunstverein in Cologne, GAK Bremen, The Harburger Bahnhof Kunstverein in Harburg, Museo Marino Marini in Florence, Zacheta Museum of Art in Warsaw as well as at Art Basel Statements, Artissima Per4m, Liste, ABC Berlin, and regular solo exhibitions at Chert gallery Berlin. Upcoming shows in 2017 include a solo show at Lodos, Mexico and a 10 month residency at the Villa Romana in Florence.