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23.62205 × 31.49606 × 0.7874 in | cm
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His biography is reflected in the varied motives of his works. After completing his academic study in Krakow and an Erasmus year at L 'École Estienne in Paris, he gained experience in Aruba, and then became the main artist in the international award-winning film Loving Vincent. In 2016, 2017 he lived in Athens / Greece, where he passed on his experience and knowledge as a team leader in the Greek film industry, followed later by a stay in NY. Wiktor Jackowski – ”Beyond The Shadow” The works of Wiktor Jackowski are like moments caught in the eye of camera. These are fleeting seconds which may not be repeated again, but at the same time remain so much like many others. Their exceptionality is constituted by singling them out of their surroundings, entitling them to discern their full form and meaning. During the exhibition of “Beyond The Shadow” in Sandhofer Gallery, we are taken by the artist into the realm of shadow and light, void and fullness. Jackowski is a keen observer of reality. He depicts a single piece or an occurrence, sampling them from their natural domain in order to have a closer look and confront with the spectator’s reaction. These extracts, coherent with either urban fabric or nature, construct a part of our ordinary reality. We take them for granted daily, since they remain kind of invisible in the frantic pace of life, so obvious and down-to-earth to become worthless of beholding. Few of us think whether somebody might have only just been sitting on a momentarily empty chair, nobody notices flags flying above their heads, and a billboard may at most infuriate us with its glare displaying banal advertisements. The title “Beyond The Shadow” can be interpreted in multiple ways in the context of Jackowski’s work. Beyond the shadow is beyond what remains the unknown and induces anxiety. There is supposed to be lightness both ahead and beyond the shadow. The light is signified by an enlightenment – understanding the depth of everyday occurrences or the meaning of things which surround us. Nothing we see at the first glance appears as it seems. Everything defies simple classification. The titled ‘going beyond the shadow’ reveals the real meaning of matters, divests them of their “random” layer. The fence in one of the paintings is not just a fence. It is a thing we ignore on a daily basis or we get nervous when it stands in our way. For children, however, it is a play object – you can jump through it, hang on it, try to squeeze yourself between the narrow railings or treat as goal posts. Depicted like a relic of everyday realm in Jackowski’s painting, the fence makes us observant, brings about an insight into yourself, an attitude. It is what is untold and invisible which turns out to be important. Not only does the artist become a creator of a depiction on canvas, but also the sole begetter of our thoughts. Some of the presentations more or less engage our experiences. Specific emotions are evoked by the presentation of the flags, completely different than of those aroused by the burning building or blowing baubles. The author tries to evoke feelings rarely asserted that directly. He confronts us with our pure thought or immediate response. He seems like a psychologist, applying the association method to a patient in the way known only to himself - through a picture he elicits certain imagery, decoded at times by different senses. The piece shown in the work becomes a symbol of our experiences. A perfect visual example of reaching into the depth, metaphoric passage from darkness to light, is the ”Burning Building II”. The visible part of the building is engulfed in smoke and seemingly about to collapse. From the outside, one cannot see its foundations slowly being consumed by the fire spreading as though the roots of a tree growing deep in the ground. The subject matter of the works is highly diversified – from still life, through landscapes, elements, urban scenes, to figurative depictions. The interest of the artist in optical phenomena such as a flash, light explosion, street lighting is prominent. The title of the exhibition ”Beyond The Shadow” has therein its other, literal interpretation. Light as a symbol of enlightenment is here just going out of the darkness and, simultaneously, an interesting, attention-catching, artistic scheme. The author expresses himself most willingly with oil paints on canvas. One can plainly see his inclination towards the play of light and shadow, wherein the dominant factor of the presentation is centred around a strong, bright highlight of colour. Apart from this dash of paint, the colour scheme remains rather supressed. The subject matter seems to be more comprehensible because of the limited range of artistic means. The applied chiaroscuro plainly contrasts with flat colour highlights. This adds to the abstract or even symbolic dimension of the presentation. The artist willingly varies the texture. The background is usually painted smoothly with broad strokes of a flat brush. The key element of the presentation, as mentioned above, is the white highlight or thickly laid paint as in the “Burning Building III”. It is ”Chairs II”, combining apparent void with deep substance, which perfectly announces the exhibition. Standing opposite to each other, they might be waiting for someone to be seated, apparently to have an important discussion. Or perhaps the interlocutors have just stood up from them, each heading their way with their own, yet fresh reflections. The art of Wiktor Jackowski has a great amount of emotion. It confronts us with our experiences and enables us to take the eye off the object which had been given the very individual space. You do not just look at his paintings. You experience and feel them. They are only and so much a catalyst for the magic happening inside us. Sandra Zagajna
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