Łukasz Jastrubczak // Mirage


Łukasz Jastrubczak’s exhibition Mirage is a multi-thread journey into the Amazonian jungle and the desert swathes of the south-west USA. It is a journey through the history of perspective as well as the films of Alfred Hitchcock. The American Dream meets the ‘South American Myth’ in a number of time dimensions; both blur with the European prewar avant-garde and the, now completely outdated, postmodernism. Łukasz Jastrubczak is in search of the Fourth Dimension. He is fascinated by speed, geometric figures and the history of the mountain Paramount. He reflects on the déjà vu phenomenon. He draws on the postwar theory of perception of Władysław Strzemiński. The artist employs nathe – now quite clichéd –idiom of conceptualism and the art of the first half of the 20th century to tell stories never before filtered through that medium. Simultaneously, he attempts to return the conceptualist idiom to its former glory; he fills the cracks and preserves the modernist utopia. The works of Łukasz Jastrubczak don’t lack irony, and the play with conventions doesn’t take place in front of a silent auditorium. Utopias come apart; the modernist myth collapses under its own weight. The state of concentration of Jastrubczak’s art is also unclear. Objects are often almost ephemeral – take his psychokinetic sculptures (the artist can supposedly bend a metal spoon with his will power), which can be seen only in photographs. Sometimes, however – as is the case with the work Cowboy Asleep – which has travelled to America, only to be sent back to Poland the very same day) are made out of exceedingly hard stuff – concrete, no less. There seems to be no code to the way that the works are juxtaposed in the exhibition (although in fact, there is a code, but not overly explicit); the viewers can themselves conceive of links between the works, or even superimpose their own experiences and reflections. The exhibition Mirage brings together the threads which the artist embarked on last year during the production of his exhibition in the Sabot Gallery in Kluż-Napoka, in his project Tarnów. 1 000 Years of Modernity and during his residential stay in the United States.
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Łukasz Jastrubczak was born in 1984 in Zielona Góra. He produces video w orks, installations, drawings, ephemeral objects and ev ents. He employs the strategies of conceptual artists, imbuing them with a melancholy poetics. Together with Krzysztof Kaczmarek he formed the group Krzysztofjastrubczakłukaszkaczmarek. He has presented his w ork in such places as Art in General in New York, in the Kronika Centre for Contemporary Art in Bytom, at the B WA in Zielona Góra or the Sabot Gallery in Kluż-Napoka. He collaborates with the Pies in Poznań.