My space – an exhibition of paintings by Mirek Antoniewicz
The year is 1959. The Market Square in Wroclaw. A boy feeding pigeons. Overwhelming dullness: grey paving, grey pigeons, people in the street.
A moment captured.
The boy from the photo is present in all the paintings.
Treated like this, he ceases to exist as a pseudo self-portrait of the artist.
Information loses its meaning. The boy becomes a symbol.
The child figure is a point of reference, a record of past experiences, individual desires and expectations, an evocation of choices and limitations bringing back memories.
It is neither a story about the past, nor the artist’s memoir. It is a series of significant sequences; it evokes situations meaningful to the generation of the 1950s.
Looking back from the perspective of the present, it is an individual commentary on life revealing great distance and tinged with some irony. It becomes a question about the possibilities and conditions determining life choices.
The paintings, which seem to be similar, undergo a vital, but smooth transformation.
Differences in facial expression, clothing, a whole range of additional props describing the situation being commented on, have their source both in real experience and in fiction.
The boy is identified through the roles he plays. The event presented gets stronger, provokes questions and awaits interpretation.
The whole series of paintings is maintained in almost identical tonality. The dominance of grey supplemented with warm browns emphasizes the meaning of time passing.
A blue accent, a line or a spot softens the use of colour in the paintings.
Blue has always been present in the artist’s work. It symbolises life, time, the painter’s accent of determination and hope...
The paintings may encourage us to direct, private reception and dialogue.
Maria Dziedziniewicz’ 2009
Rooster dancing in Carnival
it is a cycle of paintings echoing encounters between a Woman and a Man.
Only the costumes seemingly place the characters in the past.
The disguises and masks present romantic dreams and deep longings to meet someone.
The exhibition is to express natural human need to feel emotions in our life.