9 – 31 may 2009

Mateusz Sadowski Fire

Exhibition Fire is composed of images of sexuality left unsaid, irony hearted. Tension between sensual experience and intellectual construction is characteristic of Sadowski’s art; it’s hard to say unambiguously whether Mateusz is “hot” or “cold” artist. Certainly he is very focused and open for intuition’s whisperings. His video works, drawings and objects mark magnetism, simplicity, conciseness and wit.

Sadowski often refers to natural landscape and derives from it his poetics. Forest as simple metaphor, wildness terrain, where rationality becomes abrogated, and wandering around lonely man as an alien element – that’s repeated motif of his various works. Sadowski penetrates forest as archetypical terrain, he visits it in his dreams, he transforms nature’s image into mental code so creating his own, contemplatively intensive pictures. This wide symbolic plan he usually counterpoints with everyday, usual object. Objects which Mateusz realizes for some time – in comparison with his video works seem surprisingly immediate. Using the most usual, often “compromised” objects and materials (ceramics, styrofoam, gelatine, toys) he constructs worked out installations and sculptures, quoting banality of day-to-day reality with satirical energy.

In the newest realizations he seems to play also with earlier images – as dark and threatening forest is made of paper, mysterious and in the same time grotesque. Next to enigmatic video projections appears object playing with pop-culture image of sexuality – presented on the standard basis in spice-sweet suspension. Wild call resounds from the mobile phone, and abandoned everyday reality is symbolized by kitchen polypore–sculpture. Fire is big, many-elements installation, expanded, loose system. Theme is split here, motifs return in various forms, spectator may reconstruct the whole or to go in accordance with logic of individual works. Sadowski seems to excel in stimulation of associations avalanche, bush of signs which accumulate doesn’t need deduction – it’s aim is to excite imagination. Individual coats of exhibition are abstractive, adream, everyday and concrete as a trace of biting…

Zuzanna Hadryś
Michał Lasota

  • Mateusz Sadowski “Fire”
  • Mateusz Sadowski “Fire”
  • Mateusz Sadowski “Fire”
  • Mateusz Sadowski “Fire”
  • Mateusz Sadowski “Fire”