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Jan Wawrzyniak

Berlin, Germany

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Conceptual art, Drawing • Born in Leipzig, Germany • Studied at Old School, Globe
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Published  28/12/2015   |   Updated  19/06/2016

That's it: nothing

For the most part, what we see are a few predominantly diagonal, at times steep or shallow black lines that traverse either a plain white wall or an irregular-shaped canvas, occasionally demarcating evenly coloured black segments. Sometimes it is just a black border at the edge of a panel that arrests our attention, or perhaps the interplay between two similarly shaped rectangles, juxtaposed asymmetrically. That’s it: nothing “symbolic”...

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For the most part, what we see are a few predominantly diagonal, at times steep or shallow black lines that traverse either a plain white wall or an irregular-shaped canvas, occasionally demarcating evenly coloured black segments. Sometimes it is just a black border at the edge of a panel that arrests our attention, or perhaps the interplay between two similarly shaped rectangles, juxtaposed asymmetrically. That’s it: nothing “symbolic” springs to mind, not even enough significance to prompt one to start waffling about “art”. Nevertheless, as soon as you take a closer look, gently inclining your head to one side, perhaps even as you are in the throes of leaving, these sparse formations begin to move almost imperceptibly. Move a step closer, then a step back, a little to the left or to the right – and all of a sudden, the sensory event is fully underway: unimagined depths suddenly materialise, planes start to tip, slide or bulge, palpable shifts of weight seem to animate various hitherto apparently flat areas. Yet this is by no means about the multiplication of aspects or perspectives of one and the same view because there is no fixed object of our contemplation – at least not in our perception. Rather, what we are looking at actually moves with us: incessantly forming and re-forming itself without ever constituting a definitive result.

(Abstract from the essay "Videtur", written by Robert Kudielka and published in "Jan Wawrzyniak, Broken and Lost | Drawing", Edited by Museum Wiesbaden, Kerber Verlag, 2014)

Studio view

Studio view

Studio view

Studio view

Broken Drawing (13032), 2013, Private Collection

Broken Drawing (13032), 2013, Private Collection

Dichotome Zeichnung (10043), 2010

Dichotome Zeichnung (10043), 2010

Lynched Line, 2014, Private Collection

Lynched Line, 2014, Private Collection

Untitled (14004), 2014

Untitled (14004), 2014

Untitled (15029), 2015, Private Collection

Untitled (15029), 2015, Private Collection


WORKS IN COLLECTIONS

Kunstmuseum Ahlen

Kunstmuseum Bonn

Museum Morsbroich Leverkusen

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GALLERIES

Galerie m, Bochum | www.m-bochum.de

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