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The Gods of Minecraft

Long live the senses, long live excitement! There is no room for boredom, discouragement or indolence in Dionysus’ procession. What’s more, everyone will find a place for themselves here: they can lose themselves into the joyous crowd or take the lead to impress others and themselves.

Daniel Zarewicz : The Gods of Minecraft

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Daniel Zarewicz

The Gods of Minecraft

July 2020

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A man and a beast. An innocent subject?

The latest exhibition of Katarzyna Karpowicz’s works revolves around her most favourite subjects and themes. The unpretentious title of ‘Man and Beast’ says a lot, but not everything.

Karpowicz goes back to the issue of the duality of animal and human nature. In her oneiric paintings a lion, bear or even a cat that resembles an innocent mascot are friends, guardians and protectors. This dormant state may, however, conceal a threat or the hidden instinct of a killer or demon, just like in the fairytales by the Brothers Grimm. The narrative paintings ‘Mushroom Picker’ and ‘Hunting’ are fairylike and full of tension. Demons openly reveal themselves in the series of paintings called ‘Wars’, conspicuously described by the titles and the atmosphere. They bear a strong resemblance to Goya’s War Demons. More expressive and sketchy, they demonstrate Karpowicz’s search for both new themes and innovative means of expression. Apart from that, there are circus scenes and pictures of people walking their dogs. A man and a beast. An innocent subject. Seemingly innocent. These paintings don’t always give a direct answer to whether it is all about changing roles – about the human face of a beast and the bestiality of man.

The Elektor Gallery, MCKiS, 12 Elektoralna Street, Warsaw
Vernissage: 8/04/2013, 6:00 p.m., exhibition open till 8/05/2013

Daniel Zarewicz

Daniel Zarewicz

Born in 1977. Classical philologist. 2002 – master’s degree, on the basis of the first Polish translation of The Orphic Hymns. 2013 – doctorate, with the dissertation Przywoływanie Bogów – mit, magia, misteria w starożytnej Grecji – studium religijności starożytnych Greków [Invoking the Gods – Myth, Magic and Mysteries in Ancient Greece – a Study of the Religious Practices of Ancient Greeks] (published 2017). Lecturer at the University of Warsaw and the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. Since 2 June 2018, president of the Gnosis club.