This catalogue published by RAFFMA, accompanies the exhibition, Golden West? Jan Sawka's California Dream
, on display at RAFFMA. The catalogue is 54 pages of in-depth content from the exhibition curators and family and friends of Jan Sawka.
: Golden West? Jan Sawka's California Dream
: Hanna Maria Sawka and Frank Boyer
About the Exhibition
: While growing up in communist Poland, Jan Sawka dreamed of the United States. He sought information and inspiration for those dreams from every source available. The vivid colors of the sumptuously printed magazine AMERYKA made a huge impression on his imagination. This contrasted with the dark visions of the American New Wave films, which were among the only films the communists allowed in cinemas, with the intention of portraying the West as a corrupt and dysfunctional world. This exhibition of paintings and works on paper focuses on the theme of California/America as a land of problematic promise.