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Cezary Poniatowski


2018 / plywood, acrylic paint, synthetic leather, staples / 125 x 102 cm / no. 0182 Creative CommonsCreative CommonsCreative CommonsCreative Commons Licence    Wróć

On the first sigh, the monochromatic relief appears to be abstract. The composition is built from angular forms, characteristic for the artist; cut from plywood, wood, and foam upholstered in synthetic leather. They are all black, but each material reflects the light in a different way – with brightly shining exposed nail heads and upholstery staples. Upon a closer observation, the eye starts to search for familiar forms: a bulky figure in the center, surrounded by shapes reminding of speech bubbles. A piece of plywood with a pattern made of drilled holes looks like an obscured window of a confession box seen from the inside.
This unexpectedly materialised scene startles the observer. The artist himself calls his works the “negatives of reality”. For him, they are a visual interpretation of a mental state called derealisation, the feeling of detachment that is a defense mechanism of an overstimulated brain.

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