Paweł Żak – “And Other Still Lifes…” solo show in Japan

Starting from April, 14th Imura Gallery in Kyoto will be showing Paweł Żak’s solo exhbition “And Other Still Lifes…”. The exhibition will last untill May, 11th. 

Pawel Zak bez tytułu z cyklu I inne martwe natury, 2014
fot. Paweł Żak

Paweł Żak, a master of contemporary Still Life
Still Life definition : “A painting or drawing of an arrangement of objects, typically including fruit and flowers and objects contrasting with these in texture, such as bowls and glassware.” Oxford dictionary

Hastily, Paweł Żak’s works look like just “an arrangement of objects”. The genre of still life has always inspired numerous artists throughout art history : from the golden age of Dutch paintings to the modern masters such as Paul Cézanne.

Pawel Zak "Ładnie" I inne martwe natury, 2008
fot. Paweł Żak

Paweł celebrates this genre with a unique imagery and symbolism never seen before. Such a painter, Paweł works his compositions meticulously, highlighting the importance of empty spaces as he positions each objects.

These calm images might at first glance appear so static however there is a strong kinetic energy emanating from each one. One can almost sense the movement of the cloud (Untitled #10-11) : just with a breath and the cloud might disintegrate. Just with a turn of one’s body and the petals of the cherry blossom branch might fall (Untitled #16-5). Look around and one might capture the bowl that was just removed from the table (Untitled #14-3).

It is this duality that Paweł captures so masterfully in his photographs. Is this not after all what humanity is about : a fleeting moment ?

Curator : Yuki Baumgarten

Paweł Żak’s exhibition is planned for “KG+ 2018″ , a satellite event of KYOTOGRAPHIE 2018.

P.Zak martwe natury 2016_005

fot. Paweł Żak

Paweł Żak „Ćwiczenia obowiązkowe i inne martwe natury”
Imura art Gallery, Kyoto, Japonia
curator: Yuki Baumgarten
31 Kawabata-higashi Marutamachi
Sakyo-ku, Kyoto, 606-8395 Japan