PARADOX. An Exhibition of Works by Waldemar Wojciechowski

It has been intentional that the opening of the "Paradox" exhibition at The National Museum in Szczecin is to coincide with, planned on October 15th, promotion of the book entitled "Zbrodnia Ikara. O pracach Waldemara Wojciechowskiego", edited by Łukasz Musielak, published at the end of 2019 by Wydawnictwo Naukowe Kolegium Sztuk Wizualnych Akademii Sztuki w Szczecinie (The Academy of Art in Szczecin).

The title of the book on Waldemar Wojciechowski's works refers to the Polish language spelling similarity in the phrases "Crime and Punishment" and "The Crime of Icarus".

Like the monograph, the exhibition presents chosen realisations by Waldemar Wojciechowski, created between 1984 and 2020. The works selected for the exhibition give conceptual unity of Wojciechowski's sense of finding paradoxes in reality and its linguistic representations. It has been appearing in the artist's numerous objects, pictures and installations. It has been present in both works being sort of deceitful illustration for titles constructed on the basis of wordplay and ambiguity (like Pain Relief or, mentionned above, Zbrodnia Ikara) and those that are of conceptual origin, i.e., a photograph of a black swan and a white one, entitled "Positive Negative, Negative Positive", or "Check to Check", an object where two opponent but identical, black-and-white armies of chess pieces meet at a chessboard. The sense of paradox, or rather of absurd, underlie the work entitled "I CAN SEE", created by taking a photograph of these words written in Braille alphabet. According to its author, "I CAN SEE is, in short, about the fact that a potential recipient of contemporary art, to understand its communicates should learn its language. The very photograph of the inscription written in Braille alphabet is an absurd, like its photocopy or any other form of visual reproduction". 

Over a dozen of objects, photographs and installations by Waldemar Wojciechowski are presented on the exhibition at The National Museum in Szczecin. Two of these were purchased for the museum's contemporary art collection in 2020.

Waldemar Wojciechowski ‒ born in 1958 in Gorzów Wielkopolski. Studies at Państwowa Wyższa Szkoła Sztuk Plastycznych (present University of The Arts) in Poznań, diploma in interior design in 1985. 1st grade  qualifications (PhD) at The Faculty of Painting, Graphics and Sculpture of Fine Arts Academy (present University of The Arts) in Poznań in 1999 (thesis supervisor: Prof. Izabella Gustowska). Habilitation at The Faculty of Media Communication of Fine Arts Academy (present University of The Arts) in Poznań in 2005. Since 1994 assistant and since 1999 associate professor at The Department of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture at The Faculty of Architecture at The Technical University of Szczecin (present West Pomeranian University of Technology in Szczecin). Since 2010 professor of The Academy of Art in Szczecin; 2012–2016 head of The Department of New Media at The Faculty of Painting and New Media of The Szczecin Academy of Art; 2016–2019 Deputy Rector for Arts, Students and International Cooperation of The Academy of Art in Szczecin; since 2020 head of The Department of Visual Communication and Computer Games at The Faculty of Design of The Academy of Art in Szczecin. Originator of an action aimed at saving so-called Stara Transformatorownia at ul. Św. Ducha in Szczecin from demolition and locating contemporary art presentation facility there (1987). Co-founder of Stowarzyszenie OFFicyna and Miejsce Sztuki OFFicyna independent gallery (1998); co-founder of Stowarzyszenie Zachęty Sztuki Współczesnej in Szczecin (2004); member of Civil Group for Establishing The Academy of Art in Szczecin (2007–2010), Deputy Chairman of The National Museum in Szczecin Council (2010–2014). Author of 24 individual and participant of over 100 collective presentations of art in Poland and abroad (including Australia, France, Japan, Germany, Sweden and Ukraine).

 

PARADOX. Exhibition of Works by Waldemar Wojciechowski

The National Museum in Szczecin – The Museum of Contemporary Art
ul. Staromłyńska 1

October 16th – November 8th 2020
Vernissage*: October 15th 2020, 6.00 P.M.

*sanitary restrictions in force: limited number of participants, safety masks and hand sanitizer use compulsory, the guests are requested to fulfill a statement including contact data.  

 

Paradoksy Waldemar Wojciechowski

Waldemar Wojciechowski, SZACH SZACHOWI (CHECK TO CHECK), polychrome wood, 40 × 40 cm, 2016, photo by Janusz Piszczatowski