The “Brutalism” series of paintings is the concrete architecture in its tangible concreteness, squabby solid, taken out of the context and a bit unreal. The plane of the painting is like a relief, it needs to be touched. Refractions and chiaroscuro contrasts arise not only thanks to painting techniques, but also thanks to the texture emphasizing the shapes of the buildings, reaching out into the space. The concept of the place I refer to here is an extreme: on the one hand, it is rooted in reality and often observed by me personally in specific locations (e.g. Berlin, Warsaw, Kraków, Lublin), on the other – it is abstract, elusive, phantasmagoric and imaginary. They are created by strange hybrids of construction solutions consisting of quotations and fragments of the latest architecture. We can recognize some places by them. The solid, silhouette, shape, fabric and construction are interesting in the form as visual signs – citations, based on which the composition is created. The world and space created in the painting correspond with specific architectural objects, but thanks to applied transitions, new, non-existent and often impossible buildings appear.
The architecture and the place depicted in this way are a form of escape. On the one hand, we feel the reality, the authenticity of the location, and on the other, the unreality of the composition makes it impossible to anchor and identify it. We feel anxiety and the cold alienation of buildings. Perhaps it also includes a difficult awareness of not being attached to things, places, people. The awareness of change and loss.
The series “Brutalism” belongs to the “Inside / Outside” exploration area.
2015/2019 | acrylic on canvas, plaster, wikol glue | 100x270 cm | private collection
2013 | acrylic on canvas, plaster, wikol glue | 100x180 cm | private collection
MY SE diptych
2012 | acrylic on canvas, plaster, wikol glue | 70x105 cm