Sławomir Ćwiek. Drawings and Graphic Works
Paweł Kwiatkowski. Graphic Works
Sławomir Ćwiek. Last Departure. Silkscreen. 2018
Vilnius Graphic Art Centre holds exhibitions of Sławomir Ćwiek and Paweł Kwiatkowski running from
29 Sept through 17 Oct 2020. Opening Thus, 29 Sept at 6 pm at Kairė-dešinė gallery, VGAC
These exhibitions continue a cultural cooperation that already has some history, between the Vilnius Graphic Art Centre and the Strzemiński Academy of Art Łódź. The artwork by Sławomir Ćwiek (b. 1954) and Paweł Kwiatkowski (b. 1981) hosted by VGAC provides the visitor with an opportunity of a closer acquaintance with the contemporary school of Polish graphic art and creations by different generations. The work by Ćwiek is dominated by geometric forms knit into a visually dense knot. White planes, multi-layered recurring elements and contrasts of intense colours in his drawings and silksreen prints create a dynamic weave, an unsettling creative world. The viewer is drawn into a journey through the maze of conceptual geometric transformations that turn into a philosophical adventure.
In 1980 Ćwiek graduated from the State School of Visual Arts in Łódź. Since 1992 works in Strzemiński Academy of Art Łódź. In 2016 acquired Professor title. In 2012-2020 he was a director of Graphic Art Institute at the Strzemiński Academy of Art.
From the first sight, the work by Kwiatkowski is reminiscent of the aesthetics of the French New Wave. The artist renders elements of reality into abstract structures functioning as conceptual metaphors. His large-scale prints record the impressions of fleeting passings-by or of momentary encounters. His characters hide their faces, turn away from the onlooker, ‘smudge’ their identity with abrupt gestures or take cover in a deep shadow. The viewer becomes a voyeur, observing the characters going about their own business.
In 2011 Kwiatkowski graduated from Strzemiński Academy of Art in Łódź, at Graphic and Painting Department. In 2016 acquired PhD title in the area of Graphics. Since 2020 he works as a director of Graphic Art Institute at the Strzemiński Academy of Art in Łódź.
Paweł Kwiatkowski. Rumours. Collagraphy, reprint. 2019
Organiser Vilnius Graphic Art Centre, Strzemiński Academy of Art Łódź
Sponsors Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania, Lithuanian Council for Culture,
Lithuanian Artists’ Association
Partner Polish Institute in Vilnius
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