Jacek Tylicki

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Stone sculpture, "Give If You Can - Take If You Have To", Palolem, India, 2008
"Natural Art", Number 183,
(Created by Nature), on the ground of the old forest, South Sweden, 17/08 - 29/08 1976, 47,5 x 35.5 cm
365 days, One photograph a day of a tree, Lund, Sweden, Jan 1 - Dec 31, 1979

Jacek Tylicki (born in 1951 in Sopot, Poland) is an artist who settled in New York City in 1982. Tylicki works in the field of Land art, Installation, and Site-specific art. His conceptual projects often raise social and environmental issues.


Beginning in 1973 Tylicki sends sheets of canvas or paper into the wind, the rivers or the forests, and leaves them for a long while in a natural environment, thus forcing upon Nature an attitude previously reserved to the artist: the creation of forms. The project is often called Natural art.

In the years 1974 - 1990 he initiated the idea of an anonymous artist by issuing a periodical called "Anonymous Artists" where artists present their artworks without revealing their own names.

In 1985 he created an Installation called Chicken Art. Tylicki transformed the Now Gallery in Manhattan to a hen house in which live chickens watched realistic paintings of chickens, chicks and roosters hanging on the gallery walls. He declared at the same time: "For the chicken the most beautiful is chicken."[this quote needs a citation] Art critic L. Brogowski described it as: 'a reaction to the overexploitation of the beauty of the human body'.[this quote needs a citation]

Another installation was the "Free Art", where well known, invited artists, like Mark Kostabi, Rodney Greenblat among others, gave away their artworks to the public for free.

Video and Photography plays an important role in his work as a record of its elusiveness and transience.

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