Mateusz Dąbrowski continues his search related to the movement
and technology, initiated in 2018 at the exhibition Caterpillar
at the Zachęta Project Room. The starting point for the artist
is the reflection on the nature of technology, in which he tries
to go beyond thinking in the nature-culture oppositions, Dąbrowski
looks for universal common features. In Salon Akademii he focuses
on the meaning of the very term of incarnation and embodiment,
analyses the possibilities of putting the idea before matter.
The most important means of presenting these concepts are two
physical phenomena – light and motion. For Dąbrowski, an object
is the embodiment of an idea, but the visual form will always in a way
remain a simplification. Dąbrowski divides the gallery space into
zones. In the first of them, there are irregular objects with a crystal
structure. Synthetic materials and a form referring to nature make
the object unobvious. Vertical forms move in a mechanical way, like
a cogwheel, but theyare not without small suspensions and delays.
So, the artist points out that the monotonous rhythm refers to the
dynamics seen in nature. Objects also make the viewer to interact
with motion, to take the right pose to pass them or passively observe
them from a safe distance. They also form a kind of obstacle ahead
of the next zone where the light installation Timeline is located.
Lightboxes shine in a variable and rapidly changing rhythm. The author
says: “There is no fixed point, […] there is a new relationship between
the elements. It is impossible to actualize the idea in it. This object
cannot be embodied. I am interested in the fragmentary nature and
the failing thoughts of something in interpreting something. Also
what is elusive, devoid of real forms.” As viewers, we see dynamic
systems, but due to the physical barrier, they become even more
obscure to us.
1–8.03.2019, Galeria Salon Akademii