Łukasz Huculak: Exhibitions
Late symptoms of death
Divagations on art and death. For a long time, Huculak believed that the gravity of a skull – this crown of still life – is inevitably suffused with the grotesque. For years he would treat painting skulls as a painter’s training, almost meditational, until the motif grew in strength and the painting reached the appropriate state of matter. The existential burden and the chill of constructivism merged into a painting.
The title of this exhibition is a number. MMVI in Roman numerals stands for the year 2006. Although 2006 is the date of creation of all the paintings presented at this exhibition, indifference of their creator toward any problems of the year 2006 is his firm manifesto.
Chosen, arranged, secret...
I’ll never forget Łukasz’s first visit to our gallery. Two years ago he came in, straight from the street, just like that, with a sheaf of paintings under his arm. When he opened the portfolio and arranged an impromptu exhibition on the floor, I knew immediately that I wanted the pictures to stay. I couldn’t believe their author was just 24 years old. I had in front of me that rare phenomenon, early work which is already mature.