Stanisław Białogłowicz   Łukasz Huculak   Janusz Kaczmarski   Piotr Klugowski   Paweł Lewandowski-Palle   Magdalena Rabizo-Birek
Mirosława Rochecka   Kazimierz Rochecki   Aleksandra Simińska   Joanna Stasiak   Wiesław Szamborski   Krzysztof Wachowiak



[...] In September 2006, I stood on a concrete dam in Solina, separating the wide river lagoon from the cliff with falling water. Solina is a water body dug in the mountains, clasped by buckles of concrete slabs. The gathered mass of calm water presses against the dam. Large carp stopped by the barrier teem, tempted with bread. On the walls of the closed sluice, green tracks after contact with water may be seen, and the sheer release canals are sprinkled by streams which broke through although the dams were lowered. A huge pool under the horizon, common for the sky and water. [...]
I hear the silence in contemporary art flooded with water. The silence of paintings which do not speak about the world. Plastic bags and pieces of rubbish float on the surface of artistic life. Maybe this submergence of painting had taken place already in the 19th century, and Picasso, Braque, Giacometti, Balthus, Wróblewski jumped over the surface in their last endeavour, like huge fishes in an anaerobic lake. Gustave Courbet in his paintings "The Calm Sea" (1866) and "The Storm" (1866) presented the nature of life in pictures of water both in the state of its balance and upset. In the painting "The Origin of the World" (1866), he depicted the hairy and wet womb of life, closed or open like a sluice, from which, in the 1990s, a midwife took out a Barbie doll.
The dam allows the watching of various states of water at the same time. To the right calmness and stillness, to the left storm and roar. And a man stands on a strip of wall which he erected himself. And from this place, the statement: water nature of things, painting sense of lasting, does not seem to be a trite answer.

The 5th Polish Painting Forum - The Nature of Things - Orelec 2006