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An idea hidden in things

Buildings, edifices, objects. Anchored in our memory, in our thinking about cities, outskirts, in images of different journeys, in perception of a rural road, a sea shore, a terrace, a backyard. The roughness of concrete, the smell of timber, the vermillion of brick, the colour of neon. A house, a palace, a factory, a station. An arbour in the park, a gateway, a swimming pool, a springboard, a gasoline station. Light falling onto the floor, walls, the asphalt of the road. Encoded views, landscapes complemented with architecture.

Maria Kiesner : An idea hidden in things

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Maria Kiesner

An idea hidden in things

August 2011

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I met a friend…

The day on the beaches of Miami. The night in jazz clubs. Strong cocktails and a total blast. Darek Pala and Szymon Parafiniak meet at an exhibition at the Café Kulturalna.

Both are from Częstochowa and both are graphic art graduates from Krakow’s ASP. Seemingly this is where the similarities end. Pala is a fanatic of light and color. The world in his paintings is juicy like exotic fruit which he paints so eagerly, saturated with Florida sunshine, full of people immersed in the sky-blue tint of the ocean or a pool. He uses his favorite motifs – simple, single vases, beaches covered with striped towels. The allure of a carefree life, a siesta, sensuality. However, he still searches for new forms, experiments with abstraction, variety, moments of hesitation.

Parafiniak is a musical maniac – present at concerts, a friend of jazz artists. He has gone through periods of fascination from The Doors and punk rock to Miles Davis and Keith Jarrett. Music permeates his art – he designs album covers, posters. It was this fascination that led to the emergence of an idea to create a series of portraits of jazz personalities where he connects cold pop-art with emotional involvement. The explicit lines applied therein express a dynamic nature of these works whose white backgrounds are rather quiet and ascetic.

Maria Kiesner

Maria Kiesner

Born in 1976 in Warsaw. Studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. Graduated in 2002 under tutorage of Jaroslaw Modzelewski.