Unix Gallery is pleased to present the photography of Andrzej Dragan. The exhibition will be on view at the gallery’s 532 W 24th Street space in New York from June 20th through July 31st, 2013.
Polish photographer Andrzej Dragan morphs images of ordinary people to create striking portraits of celebrities and anonymous characters. Though Dragan did not get involved with photography until 2003, this young artist already has a visual technique named after him: the Dragan Effect. For one artwork included in the exhibition, “Old Pamela Anderson”, Dragan used an old woman who resembled the celebrity as his model. He disguised her with a wig and make up, then applied his trademark.
Before starting his artistic career, Dragan had already obtained a PhD in physics and received recognition in the science community. At 35 years old, Dragan has won dozens of national and international physics awards. Integrating his background in science with his artistic practice, he bases his photographic style on a study of the human brain and the FFA (Fusiform Face Area), the region of the brain responsible for face recognition. By using his photographs to stimulate the FFA, Dragan alters our perceptions of reality and experience. His works are simultaneously alluring, alienating, and provocative.
Andrzej Dragan was born in 1978 and studied in Warsaw and on scholarships in Amsterdam, Oxford and Lisbon. He received a PhD in quantum physics cum laude in 2005. His works have been featured in several publications, including 200 Best Ad Photographers Worldwide (2006), in twelve countries. In addition, Dragan has won many national and international music composition competitions. He was nominated for the Cannes Lion award at the Cannes Festival in 2006, received the gold medal in the Golden Drum Festival in 2007 and was named Photographer of the Year in 2007. His commercial work has been commissioned through DDB, Euro RSCG, Grey, JWT, McCann Erickson, Ogilvy, TBWA and Scholtz & Friends, for clients such as Amnesty International, Converse, Energiser, Playstation and XBox.
Dragan currently lives in Warsaw, Poland and works as an assistant professor of physics at Warsaw University.