Hubert Czerepok

Little Boy installation is a model of a children’s toy, namely ‘an nuclear bomb model for assembling’ which comes in parts. The title of the piece refers to the name of the nuclear bomb which was dropped on August 6th, 1945, on Hiroshima: Little Boy was 3 metres long, had 71 cm in diameter and weighed 4035 kg, of which the uranium was only 64 kg. Although only 0.7 kg of the uranium had undergone the fission, the explosion killed 30% of the population of the city (70-90 thousand people, the numbers still being a topic of dispute), and 48 out of 76 thousand buildings in Hiroshima were completely destroyed.

Drawings from the Screenings: Disasters of War series inspired by the celebrated cycle by Francisco Goya, do not, however, literally quote the themes from the works of the Spanish artist, but are their contemporary adaptation. The artist focused on images of violence, which, due to the development of photography and the media, are the popular icons of today and their media popularity tamed the cruelty depicted in them; they present the scenes from Abu Ghraib, public executions in China, sadomasochistic orgies. The drawings depict the violence that permeates the world of bad news.

Black-and-white pictures from the Aeropictura series at first glance resemble abstract painting. In fact, they were painted on the basis of air photographs of the cities bombed during World War II. These include, among others, views of Dresden, Hamburg and Kobe. The photos were often taken by pilots dropping bombs.

Little Boy, 2010, instalacja
Little Boy, 2010, installation

Dzięki uprzejmości artysty i Żak|Branicka, Berlin
Courtesy of the artist and Żak|Branicka, Berlin

Fotografie/Photos: Wojciech Pacewicz

Seanse – okropności wojny, 2009, rysunki (wybór z cyklu)
Screenings: Disasters of War, 2009, drawings (part of the cycle)

Dzięki uprzejmości artysty i Żak|Branicka, Berlin
Courtesy of the artist and Żak|Branicka, Berlin

Fotografie/Photos: Wojciech Pacewicz

 

Seanse – okropności wojny, 2009, rysunek (fragment cyklu)
Screenings: Disasters of War, 2009, drawing (part of the cycle)

Dzięki uprzejmości artysty i Żak|Branicka, Berlin
Courtesy of the artist and Żak|Branicka, Berlin

Fotografie/Photos: Wojciech Pacewicz

Aeropiktura, 2006, olej na płótnie (wybór z cyklu)
Aeropiktura, 2006, oil on canvas (part of the series)

Dzięki uprzejmości artysty i Żak|Branicka, Berlin
Courtesy of the artist and Żak|Branicka, Berlin

Fotografie/Photos: Wojciech Pacewicz