Julia Curyło. H˚ particle

February 23, 2012 - April 21, 2012

Julia Curyło's newest series of paintings presented at the aTAK Gallery continues the artist's interest in the need for the spiritual manifested in popular culture and addresses the perception of scientific progress in the context of creationist beliefs. The 'Hº particle' appearing in the exhibition's title refers to the awe-inspiring LHC project conducted by the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN). It has been designed with the aim of allowing physicists to test the Higgs boson hypothesis and hopefully to explain the origins of all matter in the universe.

The Large Hadron Collider, the world's largest and highest-energy particle accelerator, is the centrepiece of Julia Curyło's fantastic alternative cosmogony. Her vision of the world, starring the LHC elevated to the divine status, is monumental and contains multiple references to traditional Christian iconography. In her renditions of the device which is a marvel of modern technology and of collisions of proton beams, the artist remains faithful to Symbolist Realism. The word of science is so attractive not only because of its concern with uncovering the rules governing the universe: the visual beauty of physical phenomena captivates imagination. Julia Curyło has written poetic commentaries to selected pictures. Included in the catalogue section, they may be regarded as a kind of guide to the paintings.

Media patronage: Artinfo.pl, Artmix, Independent, Instytut Rozwoju Kultury Alternatywnej IRKA, The Visitor


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