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Wiesław Szamocki
T r a s h
23.09-28.10.2023

 

Wiesław Szamocki, an artist associated with Zalesie Górne, presents a new series of sculptures and objects created for the interior and exterior spaces of the Lescer Art Center. The idea for the exhibition was born from observing the accumulation of discarded objects in everyday life: packaging, foil, bags, cardboard boxes, and wooden planks. The trash mentioned in the title is the unwanted elements that accumulate in our lives, occupying and forming space and coexisting with us until they are discarded. Szamocki builds new structures out of them, based on the idea of ultimate recycling, creating "trash" sculptures and forms with futuristic, constructivist, or folk aesthetics, such as in a series of sculptures resembling straw mulch stacks. He uses foil, coffee, dog food packaging, old boards, ribbons, and nets. He plays with their form, not wanting to give them meanings other than the basic ones associated with their materiality and their position as objects to be thrown away, worn out, and unnecessary. There is a certain resemblance in this aesthetic and in the philosophy of recycling to the work of Fedir Tetyanich, a Ukrainian experimental artist working with "junk aesthetics" in the second half of the 20th century. Like Tetyanich, Szamocki uses found, random, unnecessary objects to create utopian structures. However, Szamocki, unlike the Ukrainian artist, does not build a philosophy or worldview around them. He is interested in their aesthetic potential and their presence here and now. Szamocki, whose work derives from printmaking, relies on the delicacy of the graphic line in his "junk" sculptures - he creates lines and shapes in space similar to those on paper. He weaves in cruder elements, such as old boards or a damaged bicycle wheel rim, whose intense physicality reminds us of their origin - as do the smells of objects, such as dog food packaging. In keeping with the recycling principles, the works were made from materials already used, discarded, and found. Once the exhibition is over, they too will turn into trash themselves.


Curator: Ewa Sułek
Producer: Paweł Zaręba


Subsidized by the Municipalities of Piaseczno and Zalesie Górne.