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12.07 - 11.08.2013: BARTEK BUCZEK - BLACK ROMANTICISM


Curator: Katarzyna Wąs

Black Romanticism, also known as American Romanticism, was a particular variation on the already well-established period of Romanticism, however its dark counterpart. Creatures from the beyond filled its paintings and pages of books – vampires, doppelgangers, demons – the personification of evil itself, its manifestations stemming from the underworld's very idea of bringing misery down to mere mortals. Bartek Buczek references himself to these somewhat forgotten in today's times fears towards the presence of "evil" in our surroundings. He materializes and places them within a contemporary world giving them character straight out of a horror, a game, or dream context, and then playing them out not within the darkness of a forest, but rather that of an urban setting.
Buczek's exhibition will reveal fragments of an artistic laboratory – an artist's studio – of alchemy, where concepts and recipes will be carefully worked out in the creation of works. From a sketched out idea, to the recipes needed in creating Too Expensive, Too Weak, Too Difficult, to the presenting of the creative process in the obtaining the essence behind Distilled From Evil, to the immortalizing in video format of At this Time There's Nothing Within Me For You, all the way to the final products in themselves, its elements are involved as successive links of a given chain, without which any following steps would not be made possible. Each one of these elements are in effect independent manifestations containing a piece of the artist's charm, of his malice, and his intellect.

 

Katarzyna Wąs

 

 

 


Purchawka, olej na płótnie, 2010 / Lycoperdon, oil on canvas, 2010






Melancholia II, olej na płótnie, 2010 / Melancholy II, oil on canvas, 2010







Bartek Buczek, Czarny romantyzm / Black Romantism, widok ekspozycji / exhibition view © G. Mart






Bartek Buczek, Czarny romantyzm / Black Romantism, widok ekspozycji / exhibition view © G. Mart






Bartek Buczek, Czarny romantyzm / Black Romantism, widok ekspozycji / exhibition view © G. Mart


 
 
 
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