Krzysztof Strzelecki works across a variety of media with a particular focus on ceramic vessels that explore homoeroticism and human sexuality. Growing up isolated and homosexual in rural Poland, the scenes depicted in Strzelecki’s ‘Cruising Fantasies’ emerge from the longing for an erotic and romantic escape. Surfing the web, browsing apps, and his own personal archive of photography, the artist preserves these images of men on his captivating vessels. In an array of vivid colors and shapes, at times evoking cactus, waves, fruit, or even apartment buildings, Strzelecki creates his own world where his subjects inhabit their environments freely and unselfconsciously.
Krzysztof Strzelecki (b. 1993, Świdnica, Poland) earned his BFA in photography from the University of the Arts London (UAL), Camberwell. Recent solo exhibitions include Gymnasium and Forbidden Fruit, Anat Ebgi, Los Angeles/New York; and Summer Scenes, Taymour Grahne Projects, London, UK. He has exhibited in group exhibitions at Anat Ebgi, Los Angeles/New York; UTA Artist Space, Los Angeles, CA; Kasmin, New York, NY; Gaa Gallery, Provincetown, MA; and BEERS, London, UK among others. In 2023 Strzelecki presented sculptures at the British Ceramics Biennial, in Stoke-on-Trent, UK. His sculpture Olympia (2020) was acquired by the Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) permanent collection. Strzelecki lives and works between Poland and London, UK.
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After exhibiting other sections of Art Basel prior, Anat Ebgi’s first foray into the main gallery sector of the fair showcases its stunning roster of artists. The gallery’s booth spans Faith Wilding’s Leaf Series: Red Tongue (1976–78), to Krzysztof Strzelecki’s Gods on the Beach (2023), presenting a diverse and compelling mix of historical significance and contemporary innovation. —Maxwell Rabb
Anat Ebgi, a gallerist with three spaces in Los Angeles, is opening in New York. The move to a historic block in Tribeca will be “amazing for many of our artists, who have not had a show in New York”, Ebgi says. Her gallery will have two floors and a mezzanine level across about 5,000 sq ft — bigger than any of her spaces in LA.
Ceramics offers a never-ending range of possibilities, but requires time and intense focus. So much can go awry in the process of firing and glazing, but he does not view ‘mistakes’ as errors but as a means to tell the unique story of every piece.
You can see this nimble approach to art-based communication in his work; Strzelecki often works through ideas through several modalities. However, he has spent recent years focusing on vases. — Isaac Crown Manesis
Strzelecki’s process involves making collages combining photos he takes of muscle-clad sculptures in the Vatican with pornography stills. The result is a rambunctious sex bacchanal referencing classical imagery, all rendered through delicate craft — Strzelecki’s own personal garden reverie. —Tyler Akers
It’s Much Louder Than Before, organized by James Bartolacci and Stefano di Paola, inexplicably lies at the taut deliberations between the adaptability and reconciliation of a party world of yesterday, today, and tomorrow. — Ricky Amadour
International Isolation Interview with Krzysztof Strzelecki
"What inspired me to work with clay was the possibilities of this medium, you can paint, carve, making sculpture, furniture, dishes - just everything. The big influence was the fact I like to feel the material that I work with under my fingers and control the process of creating with my hands. Leaving a mark of me on every piece." —Krzysztof Strzelecki
Krzysztof Strzelecki, Seam Agency X The Artists Contemporary
"Most of my vases are based on erotic dreams, porn videos and conversations with random strangers about their sexual fantasies. I try to envision a gay paradise; but there is no exact plan and, at times, also use my own photographs for the vases." —Krzysztof Strzelecki
Krzysztof Strzelecki’s ceramics combine a variety of photographic techniques and coloured glazes to achieve the final result. Ceramics is his primary medium today as it combines different aspects of painting, photography and sculpture. —Pineapple