Just a few weeks after his last exhibition in Košice, Slovakia (covered) Polish artist and muralist Bartek Świątecki aka Pener, opened “Nocturnes”, his first solo exhibition in the United States at the 886 Geary Gallery in San Francisco.
Not unlike the rest of his work, Nocturnes continues the same line of experimentation with abstraction making little or no reference to real-world objects, and deriving its abstractness from the self-sufficiency of meaning of the work in the work itself.
Like last time, the work is here presented as site-specific installations that mix abstraction and traditional graffiti that highlight Świątecki’s unique geometric and angular style.
Bartek Pener Świątecki’s has created a fresh body of work for his first solo exhibition in the United States. The exhibition titled “Nocturnes” reflects on the artists continued experimentation in geometric abstract, influenced from his days as a graffiti artist. Reflecting on these initial forms of letters that have now progressed to fluid forms broken down by a constant deconstructive process; the artist pushes for a deeper reflection of these concepts. Deconstruction has led to building new forms, and codes of expression in his work. “Nocturnes” opens the viewer to witness this process, which is constantly in flux. Geometric Movement held together by intricate compositions reflect archetypes of not only his early artwork but centuries of artists work. Bartek has added another layer of depth to the work as he travels to the gallery to paint an interactive installation that builds on the painted canvases compositions. By expanding the plane of his work onto the walls of the gallery Bartek redirects the origin of his painted subjects back to the wall, freeing them from the constraint of their physical limits of stretched canvas. This pushing back and forth is a key component when interpreting the artist’s work, and enables us to contemplate this constant conflict in his paintings. – Poesia Transcend
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