AP Gallery presents The Dormant Consciousness/Sleeping Awareness of a Human Within Urban Space, Feb 24-Apr 1
Alberta Printmakers presents The Dormant Consciousness / Sleeping Awareness of a Human Within Urban Space – Marek Pośpiech
February 24 – April 1, 2017
Artist talk & Opening Reception: February 24, 2017 | 7:00pm – 9:00pm | Alberta Printmakers Gallery
4025 4 Street SE, Calgary AB
Marek Pośpiech was born in 1990 in Rydułtowy. He graduated from Department of Art- Kazimierz Cieślik’s Studio of Painting- at the State Higher Vocational School (Państwowa Wyższa Szkoła Zawodowa) in Racibórz in 2012. Between 2012 and 2014 he studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice, graduating from the Studio of Letterpress under the supervision of prof. Mariusz Pałka, the Studio of Painting under the supervision of prof. Kaziemierz Cieślik. He practises graphic art, artistic installation, painting and drawing
The Dormant Consciousness / Sleeping Awareness of a Human Within Urban Space – Marek Pośpiech ~ Written by Shaun Crawford
The modern empire of mass media bombards the world with an unending montage of shallow images, creating a collective hyper reality that blinds its people to the uniqueness of their own critical thinking.This is the time and space that we live in. And this is the world from which Marek Pośpiech sets out to address the collective consciousness and the matrix entwined with it. His series of works titled simply Sign I through Sign VIII presupposes that people are submerged in this hyper reality, created by our collective actions and perceptions. The result is a vague pattern of place – a simulation of the urban environment, reminiscent of all form and meaning.
Pośpiech hails from Rydultowy, Poland where he graduated from the Department of Art in the Studio of Painting at the State Higher Vocational School in Racibórz in 2012. He went on to graduate from the Studio of Letterpress and the Studio of Painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice in 2014. He utilizes a range of mediums, working in graphic art, art installation, painting, and drawing. His unique excavation of the human consciousness and its relationship to the modern hyper reality has been experienced in shows and exhibitions all over Poland, and around the world including Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Thailand, and Canada.
At first glance, Pośpiech’s Sign series of prints appears ambiguous in scale. It is unclear whether the image is seen through the perspective of a microscope or a satellite. Traces of it seem familiar. Is that a brick? A curb? Shards of glass. Each has an uncanny texture and composition. But the ambiguity is Pośpiech’s challenge. In the world he has identified, Pośpiech suggests that people are overcome by superficial and aesthetically irrelevant visuals, lured into the hyper reality as their perception and individual capacity for critical thinking are corroded. People are simultaneously
influenced by, existing in, and also constructing this collective pseudo-world through their determined and sometimes unconscious activities. There is a danger in such absentminded existence. A danger that Pośpiech calls to our attention.
His pieces exist deep beneath the hyper real. They are demanding of their audience. Citizens of the “Internet Empire” as Pośpiech calls it, must tap into a greater reservoir of perception, of consideration – of critical thought. In some ways, his show is an awakening. A quick *snap* of the fingers calling you to action to look here, and look closely. But his work is also an invitation to the viewer to create their own meaning. Its substance is defined less by what exists within it, and more by what someone brings to it. Marek Pośpiech’s precisely titled, “The Dormant Consciousness / Sleeping Awareness of a Human Within
Urban Space” is a collection of work that is not just seen, it is developed in the moment; its true intention exists in the viewer’s own realm of conscious thought. It is a trigger. A catalyst. And as art often can, it reflects our world. The one we create. And the one we sometimes fail to see.
Shaun Crawford is a Calgary-based screenwriter and filmmaker. He studied screenwriting at the Vancouver Film School and holds a Bachelors of Education from the University of Alberta. His films have been screened in festivals and distributed around the world. He is a passionate supporter of dreamchasers and believes in the capacity of the arts to explore the human experience.
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