UNITITLED (THE FIST), UNTITLED (BLOODY SUNDAY)
Piotr Uklan´ski, installation view Massimo De Carlo
Piotr Uklan´ski was born in Warsaw in 1968; he studied painting at the Fine Arts Academy of that city, and then photography at the Cooper Union School of Art in New York. He achieved acclaim on the New York art scene in the mid-1990s, thanks to an emblematic work – Untitled (Dance Floor) – a sculpture that combines the legacy of Minimalism with the mingling of art and entertainment typical of the contemporary era. For this installation on the “clenched fist” and the class struggle, symbolized by the dripping red paint/blood of the backdrop, a reference to Bloody Sunday, the massacre in the city of Derry in Northern Ireland on 30 January 1972, when twenty-six unarmed civil rights protestors were shot (fourteen fatally) by soldiers of the British Army, Piotr Uklan´ski turned to Marzorati Ronchetti to make the profile of a clenched fist in painted metal tubing, attached to the floor by means of two bolted plates.