Cezary Poniatowski Compost

Bank Pekao Project Room
23 March - 23 April 2017

Bank Pekao Project Room

Cezary Poniatowski

23 March 217, 7 p.m.

The title of the exhibition by Cezary Poniatowski, being presented within the frames of Bank Pekao Project Room, refers to one of the paintings in which the artist captured the characters and motifs typical of his work in a joyous, peristaltic dance. The installation was inspired by the painting’s motifs and acts as its spatial interpretation as well as the evolvement of the ideas contained therein. It is an invitation to advance inside the artist, inside the space, wherein the remnants of reality, art, and experience are subject to the processes of decomposition, decay, and change into the material of future operations.
Composting is one of the deterioration processes of organic matter, different from anaerobic decomposition. It involves controlled microbial decomposition of organic substances. Its result is fertile humus, a material that allows for the growth of new organisms. The theory of composting, transposed by the creators of the exhibition to the field of art, undergoes two different considerations. Compost acts here as a metaphor for commonly applied creative methods – artists cannibalize their own experiences as well as those of others, forming a closed circuit, the basis of the art world’s metabolism. On the other hand, interest in the decomposition of organic matter becomes a commentary on current political events. “Something is rotten in the state of Denmark” – Poniatowski’s work stems from a sense of anxiety associated with the abandonment of the current meanings of words, leaving existing consensuses, turning around towards a mythologized version of the past. However, the artist avoids nihilistic beliefs about the inevitable end and the coming destruction of civilization. He avoids a mentoring tone, or naive attempts at indicating a way out of a complicated situation. Through his work, he reminds that an oxygenated environment and the right temperature are enough to transform decaying rot into useful fertilizer.

Cezary Poniatowski
was born in 1987 in Olsztyn. He studied at the Faculty of Graphic Art of the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts, from which he graduated in 2012. Winner of the Grand Prix XI Geppert Competition in Wrocław in 2013. He paints, draws, as well as creates collages, objects, and installations. He has participated in exhibitions, amongst others, at the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, BWA Wrocław Gallery, BWA Tarnów Gallery, BWA Olsztyn Gallery, and Labyrinth Gallery in Lublin. The artist collaborates with the Piktogram Gallery. Awarded the scholarship of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. He lives and works in Warsaw.

Bank Pekao Project Room
Project supporting young artists who have been nominated by curators, directors and managers of art institutions, as well as lecturers from fine arts academies in Poland. Since 2012, Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art, together with Bank Pekao SA, has implemented more than 50 exhibitions. Among all of 2017’s presentations within the frames of Bank Pekao Project Room, an international jury will select the winners of the Grand Prize (worth 20 000 PLN) and the Second Prize (worth 10 000 PLN). The audience is invited to take part in #bankpekaoprojectroom competition on Instagram.

Szymon Żydek

Sound installation
Lubomir Grzelak

Cezary Poniatowski, Bartosz Sandecki, Alfred Laskowski

Coordinator of the exhibition
Michał Grzegorzek

Bank Pekao Project Room coordinator
Kamil Kuskowski

Bank Pekao S.A.


 Media partners
Dwójka, Gazeta Wyborcza, Warszawa, Co Jest Grane 24, NOTES.NA.6.TYGODNI

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