Mikołaj Kasprzyk: Exhibitions
State of affairs after 23 years (Mikołaj Kasprzyk & Bogna Gniazdowska)
To see what it’s like to live together and paint separately for 23 years, to judge ‘the state of affairs after 23 years’, one should visit the exhibition of works by Bogna Gniazdowska and Mikołaj Kasprzyk in the Konduktorownia Gallery in Czestochowa. Both being faithful to themselves, the artists keep autonomy of their own art.
Scores with humans to play
A sketch, study, is one of the artist’s work stages. Before the final version of a work-of-art is produced, initial drawings of individual figures, objects, or landscape are needed. Such a work only emerges if and when those components get merged. For Theogore Gericault to paint his The Raft of the Medusa it was necessary to first build a miniature raft with figurines imitating the castaways, which he would sketch a few dozen times, shedding light on it from various sides. Again, Edgar Degas was moulding his ballet dancers from wax. After his death, in his atelier, more than seventy wax dolls were discovered that had been cast in bronze only when World War 1 was over.
Paintings about people
Here is a list of activities in which the heroes of Mikolaj Kasprzyk’s paintings engage: playing tag, dancing, chasing birds, tight-rope walking, skipping, juggling.