15.03 – 19.04.2014
Jakub Ciężki, Dariusz Korol, Kamil Kuskowski, Włodzimierz Pawlak
There is nothing in one flat painted color picture, but empty painting ain’t dead. It is like a phantom that glitters seen by the edge of the eye. Looking at such pictures we can see whatever we are able and willing to imagine.
Three small pictures, painted yellow, red and blue by Rodchenko were shown for the first time in the West in 1994 at Europa-Europa exhibition in Bonn. The public was amazed. Rodchenko proved that paintings do not need figuration to strive.
Włodzimierz Pawlak always remained under influence of First Avant-Garde, and its achievements inspired History of Color series of which three pictures are presented at the exhibition. Pawlak himself always underlines that in his work background is the utmost importance.
Kamil Kuskowski also followed Rodchenko path in the work titled Museum, consisting of audio described mono-color paintings as having gold frames.
The latest series of black paintings by Jakub Ciężki is a perfect example of the idea of painting as a phantom. Burned down wooden structures pictured on black sky background, shine in one moment and disappear in other relative to the viewer position. These paintings relate to other works at the exhibition in a very special way. The works by Dariusz Korol painted with candle smoke, have a daunting fragility and yet achieve great depth of the black and its significance as a color.
One can say that either was not much to see at this exhibition, but every each work told a different story, bore different context and references and was rooted in the history of art. Empty or nearly empty monochromes can be either looked at or we can look trough them, reviling today’s strength and position of painting.