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Jakub Julian Ziółkowski

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2008 / oil, canvas / 50 x 70 cm / no. 0088 Creative CommonsCreative CommonsCreative Commons Licence 3.0    Wróć

It has been said about Jakub Julian Ziołkowski that he uses a “strategy of overgrowth.” His paintings are filled with characteristic lush plants, captured at a moment of dynamic growth. “Overgrowth” should also be taken in the less literary sense – the artist’s canvases are marked by a sense of horror vacui, a wealth of miniature elements, whether abstract or figurative. The painting depicts a tree whose roots have fractured the pot. The table on which the upturned tree rests is transparent, its edges lined with small white beads. The piece of furniture is illusory, whereas the roller blind by the upper edge of the painting is real. The viewer gets the impression that it could fall at any moment, obscuring the entire image.

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