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ŻAK | BRANICKA gallery is proud to present the third solo ex hibition by Paweł Książek\, titled Figures.

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The wo rd &ldquo\;figure&rdquo\; derives from the Latin language\; it can be abbre viated as &ldquo\;fig.&rdquo\; or symbolised by the Greek letter &ldquo\;&phi\;&rdquo\;\, which ref ers to the figure\, it can be a symbol of luminous flux as well as golden ratio. Książek uses this ambiguity as the starting point fo r his new series of paintings entitled Figures.

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Paweł Książek is a painter &ndash\; an analyst. His paintings cannot be tra ced back to an emotional source\, but rather are a result of a process of r esearch. The artist&rsquo\;s strategy relies on the analysis of visual sour ces as in his previous series of paintings (for example\, NN vs. Artist s). In Figures the available raw materials (including photogr aphs depicting different phenomena or people coming from visual arts\, pop culture\, movies or the internet) are collected by the artist. Książek then \, classifies and processes them through the medium of painting. In this wa y\, Książek directly refers to the methodology developed by Aby Warburg\, b ased on the building of iconographic atlases and their comparative analysis .

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Figures is a series of portraits of women. Each one of t he paintings includes the abbreviation &ldquo\;fig.&rdquo\; in the title an d an ordinal number. The artist states: &ldquo\;This series is my next proj ect relating to the creation of an alternative history of obsessive collect ing. I am building an architecture of emotion\, based on several canons of aesthetic and visual material sources. I do not portray people\, but rather create a collection of emotional states&rdquo\;. Once again\, Książek is r eaching out to the traditions of early cinema\, searching for a heroine wit h a distinctive type of beauty: thin lips\, sparse eyebrows and rounded che eks. Silvia Sidney\, one of Fritz Lang&rsquo\;s favourite actresses\, posse ssed these very features. On black and white films\, these actresses resemb le porcelain dolls or wax sculptures\, almost unreal. When changing the med ium to painting\, these faces suddenly seem to gain life. The subject trans forms into an entity. It is this precise moment which is of particular inte rest to Książek. For the viewer&rsquo\;s perception\, this practice is as a stonishing as the viewing of coloured films from the Second World War\, whe n history suddenly became more authentic. It is unexpected that in Książek& rsquo\;s work it is painting &ndash\; a medium referring to fantasy that ca n authenticate film.

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The series Figures uses portraits of actresses\, as well as contemporary photographs from the artist&rsquo\;s pe rsonal archive. The identity of the women depicted in the portraits\, howev er\, is not important here. The figures represent a certain character or em otional state as opposed to specific individuals\; they are an example of a certain type. When arranged together\, these images &ndash\; like the anth ropological atlases &ndash\; become atlases of emotions resembling insect c ollections enclosed in glass cases. Książek takes this idea as another chal lenge for the painter\; he tries to capture those moments\, which are diffi cult to classify or interpret. The difficulty lies in the catching of a cer tain moment in time\, which cannot be combined with any specific meaning. T his applies to the relationship between the process of painting and time. I n contrast\, cinema and photography are based on real-time events. The came ra can easily capture a fraction of a second or a state &ldquo\;in-between& rdquo\;\; painting\, on the other hand\, prefers what has already been comp leted\, what has already been defined. The artist diagnoses this shortfall of painting in relation to time\, and makes use of capabilities taken from cinema\; as is the case in which he presents his painted portraits\, relati ng them to the rhythm of film frames. As a result\, Książek introduces a re al-time factor to painting. Sometimes it is the other way around\; when\, t hanks to the possibilities of painting\, Książek expands the boundaries of cinema. Whilst photographs can always be unmistakably assigned to an age in which they were taken\, painting is timeless. The artist explains: &ldquo\ ;Painting allows one to unify all the images and create a single homogenous collection&rdquo\;. For this reason\, in the series Figures the a rtist refrains from using elements\, which identify a certain epoch by main taining a real-time action (or states of emotion). The effect is that the p ainted women don&rsquo\;t belong to a particular era.

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The reference s to cinema are not the only ones to be found in the series Figures. The letter &ldquo\;&phi\;&rdquo\; is a symbol of luminous flux &ndash\; a physical quantity\, which measures the total power of visible light emitt ed from a given source\, causing a certain visual impression. The symbol &l dquo\;&phi\;&rdquo\; appears also\, therefore\, in Książek&rsquo\;s light s culptures and is a manifestation of that\, which it symbolises. With regard s to the tradition of painting\, Książek relates it to the metaphorical fig ure (sic!) of the inner light\, which emanates from his paintings. In this way\, we are once again faced with the old problem of painting\, but reinte rpreted in a new way by the artist.

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Paweł Książek (born in Andrychó\;w in 1973) uses painting as his main medium\, though he can be easily called an interdisciplinary artist & ndash\; he is a painter that has developed his own highly recognizable styl e. Between 1992-97 he studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Cracow and had the DAAD-Scholarship at the University of Design in Offenbach. His work ca n be found in many international collections\, such as MOCAK in Cracow\, S& Oslash\;R Collection Rusche or Art Stations Foundation.

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a selection of acrylic works by marcel brood thaers

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