Piotr Lutyński, Buddha, Mars and Deer

How to grasp and describe the totality of our experience? Is it possible when facing the vastness of the universe? These existential questions arise from Piotr Lutyński’s works to be presented in the Bunkier Sztuki Gallery exhibition. The latest pieces will be set side by side with the ones from the 2003–2018 period – paintings, objects, collages, films, but also documentation of public space activities. The artist – fascinated with nature, matter, quantum physics and the cosmos – divides the exhibition space by topics. The Buddha space – with the statue of an enlightened entity put in its centre – presents figures surrounded by images in which simple, vividly coloured geometric shapes dominate, as is typical in the artist’s work. This space is of a contemplative character. The Mars space is a place filled with large-format canvases and photographs of the planet Mars. This space symbolises human dreams and the directions of future expansion. The animal space pretends to be a bourgeois living room. Here, run-of-the-mill furniture clashes with still life (with no sign of life in it). The décor is complemented by compositions of deer antlers, bird eggs, hen skeletons. Biological symbols appear in box paintings the artist has been doing since the 1990s. They are composed of cereal grains, snail shells, seeds, wax and dead insects. In them, the abstraction of painting comes up against the realism of nature. What emerges is a juxtaposition which – the artist says – lets “the nature’s naturalness and the art’s artificiality come to light”. These preoccupations are summed up in a film for which the artist cast a Subcarpathian highlander who he then travelled with all over Poland. This space clashes the everyday with art. The Project KR 736EJ space (vehicle registration number) contains the documentation of activities related to a bus treated as the artist’s atelier. The unifying factor in this exhibition is a group of mannequins in Kazimir Malevich-inspired outfits that the artist designed. This spaces manifests the need to blend art and life together. Piotr Lutyński’s works exude unbridled ambition to learn the world. The artist approaches his own fascinations with tender irony. Art for him is a universe wherein he can feel free to mix science, nature, emotionality and painting experiences.

Piotr Lutyński exhibition also features photographs of Fire over Kansas, a project he did together with Jarosław Rodycz and Michael Wickerson, and Anna Nawrot’s fabric entitled Image for Piotr.


Piotr Lutyński (b. 1962)

Between 1983 and 1990 he studied at the Pedagogy and Fine Arts Faculty at the University of Silesia, Cieszyn branch. He produces paintings, objects, installations, music performances and multimedia shows. He has a flair for combining natural materials – bird eggs, grass, feathers, pebbles, insects or wax – with ready-mades and abstract painting in surprising ways. His geometric compositions are – he claims – inspired by animals’ aesthetic needs.


Events to accompany the exhibition:

8 February 2020, Saturday, 6 pm

Music performance by the band Rdzeń: Piotr Lutyński – violin, Marek Kozica – cello, Adam Rzepecki – percussion, Ewa Libera – sax, Zbigniew Libera – percussion, Fryderyk Lutyński – guitar

16 February 2020, Sunday, 12 pm
Piotr Lutyński leads a guided tour of his exhibition

8 March 2020, Sunday, 12 pm
Workshop for children led by the artist Piotr Lutyński

14 March 2020, Saturday, 6 pm

Music concert by the band Ryszard Krynicki & Rdzeń 2, including: Ryszard Krynicki – recitation, Piotr Lutyński – violin, Grzegorz Kossowski – electric guitar, Kacper Iwo Matuszewski – percussion, Fryderyk Lutyński – keyboard

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