Jan Dziaczkowski. True and Untrue American Stories

April 15, 2010 - May 22, 2010

"American pictures are records of the artist's real trip. However, it also involves searching the Net and Google Earth and his fascination with and references to American authors, artists, and movies. Therefore his journey knows no boundaries or constraints: it is full of surprising encounters, punctuated with unexpected collisions, and animated by happy coincidences. The tourists are joined by the Log Lady from David Lynch's Twin Peaks series, a friend walks towards Janek and his fiance from the house of Psycho's Norman Bates, and in Alaska we find Chris MacCandless' abandoned bus No. 142. A realm of American mythology opens up before the journeying painter, populated by fictional characters and real people, some actually encountered by Dziaczkowski and others he has never met, and some no longer among the living. They fit in brilliantly, coexist and get along fine in his paintings. The artist includes in the records of his real journey signs and images that he has already harboured in his mind inspired by movies, books, and music. He "reads" the visited sites by referring to the way they have been encoded in visual tradition and culture."
Fragment of an essay by Joanna Rechnio.

The exhibition will be accompanied by the illustrated, Polish - English catalogue with the essays by Joanna Rechnio and Grzegorz Piątek.



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