Project #4: CHANGES (2012) | July 7 – September 8, 2012
M++ Gallery (Ady Hajdu’s Boat, Bratislava)
As the name of the exhibition implies, the author opens a portal into the dimension of his own unique perception and vision. He isn’t trying to draw our attention by offering us obtrusive beauty, there’s too much of it around in these retouched times we live in. He invites us to explore the most secret corners of a human soul. On this trip, he offers us neither consolation, nor merciful deception of false purity. He tears down the mask of the reality beyond which we wade through torment, despair, fear, depression and pain, while listening to the biting voice of our conscience and wailing, the place in which we are surrounded by decay and the smell of blood. Nothing in his paintings nor drawings seems to be definite, everything disappears into the darkness and is decomposed as quick as an idea the author deals with again and again, every time in a different state of mind.
The author accompanies us through mazily corridors, from portraits through figures to architectonic scenes. The “cloud” castles breathe gothic, they feel dark and mystical, leaving the past, story and space of the scenes up to the viewer’s speculation. Compared to the “inner portraits”, the artworks with the architectonic motif feel liberating. The viewer does not have to direct their fantasy inwards being restricted by any borders – this time, they can unleash it.
The author accompanies us through mazily corridors, from portraits through figures to architectonic scenes. The “cloud” castles breathe gothic, they feel dark and mystical, leaving the past, story and space of the scenes up to the viewer’s speculation.
His courage to descend into piercing themes is emphasized by bold painting strokes and using of contrasting colours, mainly red and black. Dynamics is reached by everlasting looking for shapes and working with controlled coincidence.
He admires Beksinski and Giger, the atmosphere of his works can be compared to that of theirs. He goes by the reference from the first act of Macbeth: “What is ugly is beautiful, and what is beautiful is ugly.” Welcome to his world, don’t be afraid to enter.
Author of the text: Lucia Olexik Vielkievičová