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Sylwester Ambroziak i Andrzej Dudziński

Current exhibition

Sylwester Ambroziak. Andrzej Dudziński.

Artist: Sylwester Ambroziak, Andrzej Dudziński

Venue: Galeria 101 Projekt, Piękna 62/64

Dates: 06.10.- 18.10.2017


Hominids of Sylwester Ambroziak: their ovate, disproportionately large heads, noseless, smooth, immobile animal-human faces with widely spaced convex, round eyes and greasy mouths, curly silhouettes and long, monkey like hands, emanating from their condensed bodies; with primitive energy they awaken associations with animal-like primordial instinct. Masculine, with huge phallus bumps, rarer - feminine, and kind of child-like, finer and asexual, lonely or intertwined in a loving embrace or fierce struggle, alone or in large groups, and even in flocks, communicate with each other - and with the audience - with amazing precision, and equally amazingly human, and body language. Vestigial facial expressions, expressed only by the layout of the mouth, indifferent, as if slightly surprised faces, contrast with pronounced expressions of gestures and violent movements of elastic bodies. Their view on the one hand awakens deeply the subconscious fear of strangers and aversion to another, but on the other, the feeling of some sort of intimate proximity, triggered by the perceptive authenticity of primordial human reflexes and instinctive reactions. The impression is that the artist deliberately deprives them of the essential individual characteristics: varied facial features, silhouettes or even clothing, just to be able to leave and to read the true nature of man as clearly as possible: this universal, common to all at the level of the collective subconscious, undisturbed individual situations and unwiped by cultural masks. The basic truths about the condition and the drama of human existence, burdened with the inheritance of evolution, entangled in the transience of time and matter, and at the same time desperately longing to make sense of its existence, Sylwester Ambroziak defines perfectly adequate figurative form of his sculptures, often in addition to falling into relations within complex, spatial installation. Made mostly of optically and physically heavy materials: bronze, wood and ceramics, always dynamically shaped and always perfectly balanced compositionally, many of very large size and small, in sophisticated texture of the surface have recorded, saturated with intense emotions, traces of dialogue - often on the edge of the fight - the artist with the matter. The artist who increasingly goes to the modern means of expression: giving new possibilities of plastic castings and perfectly executed animated films, full of disturbing, traumatic references. And yet the timeless message of Sylwester Ambroziak's art remains immutable - reaching even deeper layers of human sensitivity, those sensitive not only to the content but also to the formal and artistic excellence of the work of art.

Stanisława Zacharko-Łagowska

There is a unique musicness running through the abstract paintings by Andrzej Dudziński. It appears within the vibrant clarity of lonesome colourful forms levitating in the silent space of the calm, monochrome background, and among free chords of subtle and exquisite combinations of tones and nuances. As well as within the effects of artistic actions, of an accident tamed and transformed into a friendly adventure that manifests its presence in exploding blotches, dynamic smudges and drippings – also in colour vectors of straight lines often emerging from them: this geometrical rigour introduces into the area of spontaneity and intuition the element of coldly considered purpose. This musicness has not come from nowhere. It has always been sounding in the art of Andrzej Dudziński, both united and individualised all his works despite being covered by the literary message in illustrations and books, subordinate to the concise poster's content, pushed back by the figurative associations, suppressed by heavy matter of assemblages, literalness of photography and intelligent drollness of Dudi Bird. It brought to his art a kind of rhythm, lightness, spontaneous free improvisation – all those features so characteristic for work of this excellent artist. In his abstract compositions the musicness has no corset of senses and meanings. Now it sounds powerfully with excellent harmonies of mutual relations: sophisticated colours, undefined shapes, records of painter's gestures – a visual hymn praising the joy of creation.

Stanisława Zacharko-Łagowska