The Centre of Polish Sculpture in Orońsko hosts a new exhibition of sculptures and drawings created by Jarosław Kozakiewicz – multi-disciplinary artist, working on the border between architecture, sculpture and science. Rhizomic Structures. Study of Flow is a continuation of the artist’s pursuits, for over two decades exploring the nature of relationships between the human body and surroundings.
What makes the core of the exhibition is a series of small sculptures whose construction rests on the combination of two different structures: geometric and organic ones. The former results from a reflection on the human basic physiological functions. Starting from the casts of ‘openings’ in the body (On the Body Boundaries, 1998), through assigning particular planets to them (Landscapes. The Concept of Humanistic Theory of the Solar System, 1998-1999), as well as successive installations (e.g. Relationships, 2003-2004) and many drawings, the artist elaborated his own response to the classical principles of architectural order, resulting from the proportions of the human body. The straight lines connecting: eyes, mouth, ears and nose, genitals, anus and navel have made a geometrical sign, referring to man as a being actively co-creating the inhabited space.
The other group of forms that Kozakiewicz introduces to his artistic lexicon is made by modules of distinctly organic shapes. These structures, cast in semi-translucent, colourful synthetic resins, evoke an impression of living organisms, branching off in directions, known only to themselves, and on the way incorporating any encountered objects.
The exhibition, arranged in the cosy interior of the former manorial chapel in Orońsko may be treated as the artist’s private laboratory, in which the sculptures perform the role of experimental models, serving the purpose of working out new compositions of relationships. However, what makes the object of this study is neither the organicity nor geometry of particular components of the sculptures, but the course of the process happening due to their combination. The process I talk about is the title flow – the force building bonds between beings and forming the principles of mutual existence.
Exhibition curator: Rafał Kosewski
Special thanks to Adrian Kobyliński and Monkeyfab company
Co-finansed by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland