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Gestures, figures and situations in the objects, sculptures and video installations of Marcin Berdyszak and Patrik Kovačovský define the limits of the transformation of natural environment and conditions of life. Although they introduce serious subject matters of world views, they combine playfulness, humour, irony and hyperbole of the recycling of human experience. The subtle interplay of oppositions in the artistic approach of Berdyszak and Kovačovský is defined by a shift from the physical visual interpretation to paradigms based on medias and pseudo-copying information. The impersonality of the mechanical apparatus making a film recording enables a distance from conventional ways of visual self-expression and the setting of new basic patterns of visual communication.
The central figures with the apple of discord by Marcin Berdyszak evoke the polarity of the whole exhibition project in their rigidity and their movement, in the connotations of the circle of life in contrast with the apprehension of omnipresent reality of work, commercialism and consumption. Thus, the need of money to be able to accomplish the search for marvelousness. We deal with imagination, rare floating of the mind beyond time and space. The abstract substance is not unusual and is continuously projected into the moving images of Patrik Kovačovský. The enunciation line is taken over by colour, visual and temporal rhythm in the variations of the theme of water, as a condition for life.
Marcin Berdyszak (1964, Poznan) studied Painting and Sculpture at the University of Arts in Poznan. He has been teaching at the University of Arts in Poznan (PL) since 1989 and presently, he is the rector of the University. He is exhibiting and lecturing about visual culture worldwide (Poland, USA, Germany, Japan, Sweden, Finland, United Kingdom, Austria and other countries). Creatively, he focuses primarily on installations, objects and sculptures in a multimedia context.
Patrik Kovačovský (1970, Bratislava) studied Sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava and Multimedia with the specialization in Film during a residency at the Academy of Art, San Francisco (California, USA). In 1996 he won the Slovak Artist of the Year award (today’s Oskár Čepan Award – part of the international Young Visual Artists Awards). In his artistic work he combines installations with sculpture, moving image, photography, graphic art and painting. He was awarded at X. Documenta Kassel (1997), EXPO 2000 Hannover (2000), Nouvelle Biennale Internationale, pour la photographie - multimédia, Paris, FR (2000) and elsewhere.