Widmo

Phantom

There is nothing on one colour flat painted 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 shone for first time in the West in 1994 at Europa-Europa exhibition in Bonn. The public was amazed. Rodchenko proved that paintings does 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 of the utmost importance.

Kamil Kuskowski also follows Rodchenko path in the work titled Museum, consisting of audio described mono colour paintings in have gold frames.

The latest series of black paintings by Jakub Ciężki, is 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 daunting fragility and yet achieve great depth of the black and its significance as a color.

One can say that ether is not much to see at this exhibition, but every each work tells a different story, bears different context and references and is rooted in 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.