Jan Eustachy Wolski

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Jan Eustachy Wolski portrait

Jan Eustachy Wolski
b. 1997 in Kraków (PL), lives and works in Kraków (PL)

The works from the new series by Jan Eustachy Wolski depict the inhabitants of a technocratic republic ruled by a para-religious sect operating with ultra-modern technology. The sect's administrators are able to create artificial micro-suns, which on the one hand are an alternative to the almost completely exhausted fuel resources, and on the other become objects of worship. This series is conceived as a continuation of the previous one, about a conflict over territory between two hostile groups. The new series picks up the story quite a long time after winning the faction centered around the sect, inventing technology and building a modern empire.

As with the narrative, the works themselves are based on reversals of order and contrasts. Two of the works attached to the application are designed as diptychs, a combination of two canvases that do not perfectly match. In this way, contradictions, moments of difference, but also encounters and smoothing out inequalities are emphasized. In both cases, the point of contact, the break between the works, gains in importance. This moment of pause, and at the same time of equation, is connected by: two incompatible views on the city's architecture, extremely different painting materials; flat, creating the depth of a landscape of multi-layered paint, and thick, expressive, keeping the gaze on the very surface; into one seemingly coherent show.

The works will be framed, with carving elements that, on the one hand, reduce the effect of the gaps between the canvases, and on the other, introduce another layer, thus disturbing the hitherto flat character of the representations.

The works will hang on a specially designed metal openwork structure in the space of the stand. The drawing of the metal grille profiles was inspired by the rhythm of windows, balconies and divisions of one of the blocks of flats analyzed by Chrales Jencks in his Architecture of Late Modernism.