Elegy and Drama. The Niches, Passages and Thresholds of Jacek Sempolinski
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In March 2006 the Studio Gallery in Warsaw held an exhibition of paintings and drawings by Jacek Sempolinski, testifying to the considerable extent in which his oeuvre is connected with the ingenium of Kazimierz on the Vistula , an exceptionally picturesque small town whose symbolic, myth and legend have successively grown in the course of past centuries. Sempolinski used to come here already as a child, and from 1979 he spends his summer vacations in an old thatched-roof cottage in nearby Mecmierz. The show featured numerous 'Kazimierz' works (executed in mixed techniques) in which objects and motifs change into 'sui generis' phenomena of spiritual art, functioning on a lower level and living a life of their own. The works in question include a Baroque statue of St. John from the parish church, transposed by the artist, The Crucified from the church of St. Anne, dramatic Heads of the dying Christ, simple crosses without the figure of Jesus, executed in pencil, water paint or pastel, the local quarry with outlines of blocks of stone, the shadow of a cross or a skull, as well as views of the castle in Janowiec, a metaphor of the author's recollections and youthful experiences.
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