Self Portrait | Bartosz Kolata
July 12- 27th
Art is an expression of opinion and only misses the mark if it fails to encourage any comment. Art must engage us emotionally and intellectually, and communicate itself in its own language, without any tedious captions. I always take photography as a point of departure for my canvases. My paintings tell stories of people left alone in cruel realities, in lives full of physical and sexual violence, war and death. Their shelter, or lack of it, becomes their accepted everyday life. I am trying to sketch life in a different way. I am not indifferent to what is going on around me. We experience such a massive onslaught of cruel and violent scenes, blurring the line between reality and unreality that our sensibility has been weakened. In my art I explore the complexity of the human mind and personality, trying to find and identify the location of the border between bestiality and humanity (if there is any). I hope my paintings can contribute to restoring people’s sensibility, which is so fundamentally needed.
In this particular show titled “Self Portrait” I present works based on my family’s old photograph collection. In these paintings I am not analysing my roots, or displaying sentiment about the past. Rather, my intention is to reflect my melancholic mood and feelings of hopelessness and emptiness due to the passage of time. The theme of death is a recurring reference throughout my work.