Rafał Dominik

Intelligent and Unintelligent Compare the Size of Their Hands

2019, 3D file, 443,6 MB

While Intelligent is a digital 3D model, in formal terms its characters resemble figures drawn by Rafał Dominik in analogue format, pencil or airbrush on paper. The work was shown for the first time at the online Kliki i Obroty Gallery. The virtual sculpture group may be enlarged and minimised, rotated and viewed from assorted angles, but the hands of the intelligent and unintelligent remain invariably pinned to the central browser window section. The difference in the size of their hands seems truly significant, but how does one determine who is who? Any presumptions obviously bring out deeply rooted stereotypes. In Rafał Dominik’s works, figures are symbols and carriers of meanings and values, while the practically narrative titles trigger stories encrypted in his works.

b. 1985, Warsaw

Painter, draughtsman, creator of animations, sculptures, and 3D digital objects. He graduated from the Faculty of Painting in Prof. Leon Tarasewicz’s studio at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. He is the founder and vocalist of the disco polo group Galactics, and a member of the now-defunct Czosnek (Garlic) project collective. He was co-curator of the Art in Our Age exhibition organised by the ING Polish Art Foundation. Inspired by contemporary visual and material culture, such as sports shoes and electronic appliances recognised as status and lifestyle symbols, his style evokes the aesthetic of a comic book or computer game. The protagonists of his works are frequently humorous but never ironic. He lives and works in Warsaw.

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