Foto-Medium-Art Gallery in Krakow is pleased to invite you on the 12th December for the opening of Hidden Pictures, the individual exhibition of Michał Jakubowicz, presenting the artist’s latest works.
The artist kindly requests all guests coming to the opening to bring with them press photographs which will be used at the time of our event and will later constitute part of the exhibition.
Michał Jakubowicz concentrates on the issue of visual code, morphology of medium, language and non-language imagery, topology and blank character. He has conducted research concerning perception of a-semantic figures. His work covers photography, performance, poetry as well as critical and theoretical writing.
The works presented at the exhibition, constituting the Hidden Pictures cycle (2005-2008), are results of the processing of images already existing in today’s iconosphere. Forms created by the artist, often referred to as Formalicons, result from choosing any shape in any photograph, contouring it and filling it in with red color. Formalicons are bruised, devoid of their primary functions, or multiplied. The genesis of creation of reduced forms from photography is the analysis of lost and gained meanings. Miscellaneous forms, e.g. humans or objects of any kind, as a result of a simple transformation lose their narrative meanings and gain symbolic and poetic value. The artist is interested in forms which flow – from one condition into the other – with their different meanings being activated depending on the context.
Hidden Pictures is a further development of the idea behind the artist’s former series of works, Everyone Has a Shadow (2003-2005), which were a search for ambiguous shapes within press and mass media releases. His latest works more precisely approach the problem of, in the broadest sense, absence, the absence of meaning – a-semantics.
Michał Jakubowicz (b. 1977) between the years 1998-2003 studied in the faculty of Polish Philology at the University of Wrocław and in the Department of Photography at the Academy of Fine Arts in Poznań (2000-2003) where he is currently working on his PhD project. The artist runs his studio of Photography in the Wrocław Faculty of Corporate Identity at the Warsaw School of Social Sciences and Humanities, studio of Artistic Education at the University of Lower Silesia and Public Relations at the University of Wrocław.
The artist’s works were shown in several solo exhibitions (inter alia Trzebnica 2007, Wrocław 2005, Poznań 2004) and group exhibitions (inter alia 30th Anniversary Show, Foto-Medium-Art Gallery, Kraków, 2007, Now! Artists of Foto-Medium-Art Gallery, Mazovian Centre of Contemporary Art, Radom, 2008).
His theoretical and critical texts were published by periodicals such as “Artluk”, “Exit”, “Odra”, “Rita Baum”. He is also the author of a book on Wrocław’s photomedialism entitled Medium na białym tle (2007).
The exhibition will be open to public until 30th January 2009.
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