“Materia Prima. De-, Re-, Construction of Painting”. Exhibition of Krzysztof Gliszczyñski’s paintings, drawings, objects and videos at PGS in Sopot 4 March 2011


The “Materia Prima. De-, Re-, Construction of Painting” exhibition features the artist’s representative works from a dozen or so recent years. That time was the period of the artist’s very intense search for his own artistic form, embracing characteristic elements of his work, such as shattering and joining, residuum, the memory of matter, and mythologisation. These elements are deconstructed and reconstructed during a creative process to become again this which creates artistic situation anew, not reminiscent of anything else. The entire dialogue with the post-modernist source of art which has always found its spiritual aspect very important permits us to consider how the relations in understanding art have changed. Are the abstract and the real still the same? To what extent do the formal elements of a painting become what they are?
The artist’s interest in alchemy permits him to investigate deeply into the source and essence of art thanks to his inquiry into its dissonance at the junction between matter and spirituality. Alchemy as a research tool, as well as the element linked to production, permits him to go beyond both abstraction and concrete art. Matter thus becomes a discourse with its essence and its notion itself, while memory is its important element; [it becomes more important] than the continuation of what is encapsulated by the painting of matter itself. Geometry, on the other hand, is the succession whose foundations, such as: point, line and plane, becomes the reason for the exploration of the new notions of synergy, which belongs to the language of alchemy, along with the new geometry (R. Buckminster Fuller theory). A geometrical grid is being deconstructed to become an element in the building process of a network.
The working-out of his own form and language in art is based on a wide spectrum related to interrelation between alchemy and processes linked to it. Matter becomes a significant and emancipated element in painting, up to the point of becoming a means of expression. This fact requires complicated technological procedures, based on the old technique of encaustic. The current exhibition features the artist’s recent synergetic paintings which crown many years both of technological experiments and thinking processes. His paintings from different series, e.g. “Residuum”, “Nigredo”, “Levitation”, “Three Spaces”, “Mandorla”, “Christ’s Seven Words on the Cross”, and the latest “Vanishing Point”, “A Jump into the Hyper-Space”, and “Seeing the World in a Grain of Sand” will permit the viewer to follow the artist’s development and evolution. Drawings from Israel offer the direct notation of a gesture made in visited places during the trip over that country. Objects and films complement the show.
Objects-vessels touch the issue of the usual and unnoticed often. A vessel is something mundane, sometimes a single-use object. In the painter’s atelier it is the indispensable element of his workshop like an alchemist’s crucible. Here, the transformation of a stored idea into a materialised vision occurs. What was empty is now being filled. It becomes the trace of a process, joining the opposites of the external and the internal within itself. Matter which fills the vessels bears the traces of memory. Often, these are residua, the remains of painting processes, as well as the remains the artist’s personal existence. Ash, paint from the floor at home are not only this what we can see.
The exhibition features objects called “Urns”, “Imprinted Memory” and “Empty”. The catalogue contains essays by Urszula Szulakowska PhD, from Leeds University, who deals with widely understood issues of alchemy in contemporary art, the author of “Alchemy in Contemporary Art”, Pub. Ashgate 2011, and Marta Smoliñska PhD, from Nicholas Copernicus University in Toruñ, who has published papers on contemporary art and works as the Deputy Editor-in-Chief of “Artlook” magazine, the author of a new book “Puls sztuki”.