BLUE REPUBLIC

Toronto based artists Anna Passakas and Radoslaw Kudlinski, members of the multidisciplinary art collective Blue Republic, have been working together since the collective was first formed in Krakow, Poland, in 1992.

 

Education

Passakas and Kudlinski studied Art, Philosophy, Comparative Religion and Literature at: King's College London University, U.K., University of Toronto, Canada, Jagiellonski University, and Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow Poland.

 

Research Projects

India, France, England, Poland, Brazil, Thailand, Cambodia, Japan

 

Upcoming Exhibitions and Projects

2015       Blue Republic commission, official unveiling of Richmond Hill Terry Fox Tribute, unveiling for 35th Anniversary of the Marathon of Hope, Town of Richmond Hill, Canada (September 12)

 

Selected Exhibitions and Projects

2015       After the Pedestal, The Sculpture Center, Cleveland, OH, USA
              Identity: Art Inspired by the Great Lakes, Lieutenant Govenor’s, Queen’s Park, Toronto, Canada
2014       Blue Republic: Lick, But Don’t Swallow, Georgia Scherman Projects, Toronto, ON (solo)
2013/14   Biennale of Urbanism and Architecture, Shenzhen/Hong Kong, China
2013       Land/Slide Possible Futures, Markham, ON, Canada
2012       Agency of Unrealized Projects, DAAD Gallery, Berlin
              Alluvia, Darling Foundry, Montréal, PQ
12:02, Katzman Kamen Gallery, Toronto ON, Canada
2011       Super It, Doris McCarthy Gallery, I Level, Scarborough, ON, Canada
2010       Out of Site Project, Nuit Blanche, Toronto, ON, Canada
Weather Report, Georgia Scherman Projects, Toronto, ON, Canada
Where the starting point is crazy minimal, the outcome is often highly original, Peer Gynt International Sculpture Competition, Oslo, Norway (Permanent Sculpture, Public Art, won in 2008)
2009       XVI International Sculpture Triennial, Poznan, Poland
              Blue Republic: New Works, Peak Gallery, Toronto, ON, Canada
              94,580 Sq. Inches of Opportunity, Koffler Gallery, Toronto, ON, Canada
Nostalgia for the Present, Rodman Hall, Brock University, St. Catherines, ON, Canada (touring exhibition; Koffler Gallery, 2006; catalogue)
2008       2nd 01SJ Biennial, Global Festival of Art at the Edge, San Jose, CA, USA
Thoughtful Collecting, Peak Gallery, Toronto, ON, Canada (group)
              Nostalgia for the Present, MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie, ON, Canada; Art Gallery of Sudbury, Sudbury, ON, Canada (touring exhibition; Koffler Gallery, 2006; catalogue)
2007       Helsinki Project, Chachoengsao, Thailand 
Ghost Story, Cultural Services Co-Op, Tokyo - Yokohama, Japan
              Radoslaw Kudlinski Ltd., Bucklein Institute, Krakow, Poland
              Cluster, Peak Gallery, Toronto, ON, Canada (group)
2006       Nostalgia for the Present: Blue Republic, curated by Carolyn Bell Farrell, Koffler Gallery of the Koffler Centre of the Arts, Toronto, ON, Canada (catalogue with essay by Mark Kingwell; touring exhibition)
Blue Republic: Monochromes, Peak Gallery, Toronto, ON, Canada
Paint Jam: For the Love of Painting, Dyan Marie Projects, Toronto, ON, Canada (group)
2005       Blue Republic: Morning Daily, Peak Gallery, Toronto, ON, Canada
Radoslaw Kudlinski, Inventory: Paintings and Drawings for Blue Republic, Peak Gallery, Toronto, ON, Canada
Walk Here Community Project at Wallace Emerson Park, Toronto, ON, Canada (with Vera Frankel, Margaret Priest, Tony Scherman, etc.)
2004       Blue Republic: Waiting Room, Works from the Future, Peak Gallery Toronto, ON, Canada
2003       Price List From a Recycling Box Public 27 “Shop”, York University, Toronto, ON, Canada
              Story Cultural Services Co-op, Krakow, Poland
2002       Officina America, Galleria d'Arte Moderna, Bologna, Italy
Chiostri di San Domenico, Imola, Galleria Communale ex Pescheria, Cesena, Palazzo dell'Arengo, Rimini, Italy (catalogue)
              Fields of Dreams, Siem Reap, Cambodia
2001       Monochromes, Galery Pekao, Toronto, ON, Canada
              Blue Republic, Zsa Zsa Gallery, Toronto, ON, Canada
              Fields of Dreams, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil  
2000       Lots of It... Lonsdale Gallery, Toronto, ON, Canada
1999       Blue Republic, Espace 502 (in collaboration with Galerie René Blouin), Montréal, PQ, Canada
              Fields of Dreams, Northern Ontario, Canada (in collaboration with Richard Rhodes and Dyan Marie)
1998       Rencontres 98' Galerie Julio Ganzalez, Paris, France
              Revamp, Oakville Galleries, Oakville, ON, Canada
1997/6    Blue Republic, Oakville Gallery, Oakville, ON, Canada (catalogue)
1996/5    Made in Blue Republic, Meg Gallery, Toronto, ON, Canada
1995       Blue Republic, Espace 502, Montréal, PQ, Canada
              13 Years of Piwna 20/26, Museum of Architecture, Wroclaw, Poland
1994       13 Years of Piwna 20/26 Museum of the Academy of Fine Arts, Warsaw, Poland
              Throw of Dice – New Sculpture, Art Bunker, Krakow, Poland
              New Polish Generation, Centre of Contemporary Art, Erfurt,
              Germany                                   
              New Art from Poland, Austria and Hungary, Art Fort, Krakow, Poland
1993       Phainesthai BWA, Wroclaw, Poland
              Ideas Outside Ideology, CCA Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, Poland
1992       Phainesthai, BWA, Krakow, Poland
Die andere Seite, Ludwig Forum for International Art, Aachen, Germany

        
Selected Bibliography
          
2015       R.M. Vaughn. “Blue Republic,” Carbon Paper, Issue #4
2014       Luo, Amy. “Blue Republic Fuses Sinister & Silly, War & Wit,” Canadian Art, November 7
Goodden, Sky. “Blue Republic Finds Its Center,” Momus, Novermber 5
Kingwell, Mark. “For the Time Being: Blue Republic’s Vanishing Acts” Border Crossings, Vol. 33, No. 33, Issue 131
2013       Cooley, Alison. “Land|Slide Transforms Historic Village into New Art Hub” Canadian Art, posted October 1, 2013
2012       Charron, Marie-Eve. “Entre dépouillement et fosoinnement” Le Devoir
Taylor, Kate. “Long Lines at Pearson” The Globe and Mail, June 8
              Taylor, Kate. “Words and the City” The Globe and Mail, June 13
              Vaughan, RM. “The Saboteur” The Globe and Mail, April 14
2011       Vaughan, RM. “A Playful But Political Trip into Blue Republic’s Toytown,” The Globe and Mail, October 28
2010       Heather, Rosemary. “Reviews: Blue Republic,” Canadian Art, Toronto, ON, Canada, December, p. 152
              Miller, Earl. “Blue Republic: Toronto,” Art Papers, Atlanta, GA, USA, November/December, p. 57
              McLaughlin, Bryne. “Blue republic: The Order of Disorder,” www.canadianart.ca, Toronto, ON, Canada, 12 August
              Vaughan, R.M. “Toronto sculptors win big in Oslo.” The Globe and Mail, Toronto, ON, Canada, 1 June, p. R1.       
2009       Dault, Gary Michael. “The world as it is before it dries,” The Globe and Mail, Toronto, ON, Canada, 17 October, p. R20
2008       Kingwell, Mark. “Five Stops: Homesick and Wanting in Blue Republic,” Chapter 9 in Opening Gambits, Essays on Art and Philosophy. Toronto, ON, Canada: Key Porter Books, pp. 133-152; 3 colour plates
              “Interview with Blue Republic,” by Yam Lau, Espace-Sculpture, Montréal, PQ, Canada, Issue #85, Fall, pp. 16-20
Dault, Gary Michael. “Blue Republic,” Border Crossings, Issue No. 108, pp. 103-5
Dault, Gary Michael. “Radoslaw Kudlinski,” Border Crossings, Winnipeg, MB, Canada, Issue No. 96, Fall, pp. 93-4
Esse Art + Opinions, Issue #64 “Waste,” Portfolios pp. 48-9
2006       Nostalgia for the Present: Blue Republic. Essay by Mark Kingwell.
              Toronto, ON, Canada: Koffler Gallery of the Koffler Centre of the Arts (in collaboration with Art Gallery of Sudbury and MacLaren Art Centre) (exhibition catalogue)
Dault, Julia. “Fun Meets New Function,” The National Post, Toronto, ON, Canada, 20 April
Goddard, Peter. “Presently Waxing Nostalgic,” The Toronto Star, Toronto, ON, Canada, 25 March
Dault, Gary Michael. “There's no Time like the Present,” The Globe and Mail, Toronto, ON, Canada, 4 March

2005       McLaughlin, Bryne. “Blue Republic,” C Magazine, Summer, p. 48
              Jones, Janet. “Blue Republic,” Canadian Art, Vol. 22, #2, p. 92
              Dault, Gary Michael. “A mastery dark and sinister,” The Globe and Mail, 20 August        
              McLaughlin, Bryne. www.canadianart.ca, Toronto, ON, Canada
              Dault, Gary Michael. “Blue Republic at Peak Gallery,” The Globe and
              Mail, February 19, p. R9
              Goddard, Peter. “Blue Republic’s message in mundane,” The Toronto
              Star, Toronto, ON, Canada, 3 February, p. G6
2004       Goddard, Peter. “It’s showtime on Morrow Ave.” The Toronto Star, Toronto, ON, Canada, 22 July, p. G7
              Osborne, Catherine. “Witty show mixes politics, buffoonery,” The National Post, Toronto, ON, Canada, 10 July
              Dault, Gary Michael. “Great-looking witticisms,” The Globe and
              Mail, Toronto, ON, Canada, 17 July
2003       Public, Issue 27 Shop, Public Access & York University, Toronto, ON, Canada, pp. 1, 2, 4-5
2002       Officina America. Essay by Renato Barilli. Imola, Italy: Museo di San Domenico, p. 37, colour plates pp. 132-3 (exhibition catalogue)
              Molinari, Guido. “Officina America,” Flash Art, Milan, Italy, April
Pilati, Chiara. “Omaggio all'America con le opere di 60 artisti,” L'Unita, February
Naldi, Paola. “Atomici, ecologisti, cibernetici i creativi dell'Oficina America,” La Republica, Bologna, Italy
              Naldi, Fabiola. “Immagini sensibili, an interview with Renato Barilli 62 operai americani,” Il Giornale dell'Arte, Italy, N. 206, January
2001       Tuer, Dot. “Blue Republic: Monochromes,” Canadian Art, Toronto, ON, Canada, Fall, p. 111
              Dault, Gary Michael. “Blue Republic at the Pekao Gallery,” The Globe and Mail, Toronto, ON, Canada, April
              Ross, Val.  “Out from behind the 'Ironic Curtain'
1997       Blue Republic. Oakville, ON, Canada: Oakville Galleries (exhibition catalogue with essays by Dot Turner and Richard Rhodes)
              Couëlle, Jennifer. “Blue Republic,” Parachute, Issue No. 87, pp. 44-5
              MacKay, Gillian. “Blue Republic goes beyond emotion,” The Globe
              and Mail, Toronto, ON, Canada
1995       Gagnon, Gilles. Art Reviews, Radio Canada CBC, Toronto, ON, Canada
              Purdy, Richard. “Blue Republic,” Voir, Montréal, PQ, Canada
Couëlle, Jennifer. “De la désillusion et de la réalité fictive,” Le Devoir, Montréal, PQ, Canada
1994       Szoska, Antoni. Throw of Dice. New Sculpture. Krakow, Poland:
              Galeria BWA Krakow, pp. 30-33 (exhibition catalogue)
1993       Fort of Art, St.Benedict's Fort, Krakow, Poland (catalogue
              essays by Barbara Maron, Artur Tajber, Lukasz Guzek)
Wozniak, Cezary. “Fainesthai,” BWA Krakow, BWA Wroclaw, Poland (exhibition catalogue)
1992       Hoog, Eckhard. “Die erste Balue Republik,” Junge polnische Kunstler im Aachener Ludwig Forum, Aachen, Germany, colour plates pp.16-24 (exhibition catalogue)
              “Pegaz,” Fainesthai, Polish TV Art Magazine
              Bracht, Christian. “Des Studientalltags Andre Seite,” Klenkes, Aachen, Germany
              Hollander, Prof. Dr. H. “Die andere Seite – junge polnische Kunstler,” Ludwig Forum fur internationale Kunst, Aachen, Germany (catalogue)

 

Recent Public Commissions


Biennial of Urbanism and Architecture, Shenzhen/Hong Kong
Luminato 2012:
aMAZEd – Brookfield Place, Allen Lambert Galleria, Toronto; text by Mark Kingwell
Delightful and Permanent Conditions of Impossibility – Toronto Pearson International Airport, Terminal 1, U.S. Departures, post-security
Surfaceworks – Toronto Pearson International Airport, Terminal 1, International Arrivals; text by Wislawa Szymborska
Winner: 2014 Terry Fox Tribute, Town of Richmond Hill
2009 Peer Gynt International Sculpture Competition, Oslo, Norway
2001 Duc in Altum International Sculpture Competition, Toronto
Shortlisted: 2014 – Victims of Communism Memorial, Ottawa 2013 – Canadian Campaign in Italy, Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto, War of 1812 Monument, Parliament Hill, Ottawa, Sir Isaac Brock Memorial, Brock University, Pan/Parapan American Games Legacy, Toronto 2011 – Sorensen Parkade, Red Deer Alberta, 2009 – Ashbridges Bay, Toronto 

 

Awards

2014       Chalmers Arts Fellowship
2013       Canada Council Travel Grant
              Chalmers Arts Fellowship
2012       Canada Council for the Arts
              Toronto Arts Council
2011       Chalmers Arts Fellowship
2010       Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance
2009       Canada Council for the Arts, Project Grant and Travel Grant, CanadaOntario Arts Council, Exhibition Assistance Grant, ON, Canada
2008       Canada Council for the Arts, Project Grant and Travel Grant, Canada
2006       Canada Council for the Arts, Professional Development Grant, Canada
2005       Ontario Arts Council, Project Grant, ON, Canada
2004/3    Canada Council for the Arts, Creation/Production Grant, Canada
2002       Canada Council for the Arts, Travel Grant, Canada
              Ontario Arts Council, Exhibition Assistance Grant, ON, Canada
1998       Canada Council for the Arts, Visual Arts Project Grant, Canada
1996       Canada Council for the Arts, Visual Arts Project Grant, Canada
              Ontario Arts Council, Exhibition Assistance Grant, ON, Canada
1995       Ontario Arts Council, Exhibition Assistance Grant , ON, Canada
1989       Government of Poland, Ministry of Art and Culture Scholarship, Poland

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Blue Republic

 

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