On very few occasions not only the meaning of the title, but the meaning of each word of it, is important and indicative of an exhibition.
Let’s start with light. How many associations the word light triggers in our mind? How many physical and metaphorical qualities can we name in relation to light?
How vast can be the web of words related to light, and to it’s opposite, the darkness? Words like: Sight. Vision. Radiation. Ray. Wave. Speed. Frequency. Intensity. Spectrum. Rainbow. Aurora. Sun. Lightning. Flame. Neon. Bulb. Eye. Optics. Lens. Illumination. Reflection. Enlightenment. Knowledge. Truth. Good. Clean. Clear. Transparent. Spirit. Transcendence…
And what about shadow and its parts: umbra, penumbra and antumbra? How many associations can the word shadow trigger?
Some that come to my mind are: Silhouette. Projection. Shade. Phantasm. Ghost. Halo. Mirage. Crepuscular. Haze. Blur. Fog. Grey…
But in spite of a strong associative character of these terms, the word that deserves perhaps the highest attention when it comes to work of Jan Berdyszak is between. It is the word that alludes to processuality, discursiveness and mediation. It alludes to the space of interrogation and reflection, a condition of permanent research and reframing. Within the frame of sharp-edged categories – light and dark / white and black – infinity of nuances may be found and it seems that it’s this world of possibilities and potentials that the artist wishes to share with us the most.
Paweł Falkowski (Pl, En)
Paulina Kapelska (En)
Katarzyna Radomska (Pl)
Grzegorz Laszuk K+S
Anna Hegman K+S
Jan Berdyszak ENTER THE LIGHT, 2006, light installation, Wieża Słodowni, Stary Browar, Poznań, Photo: Zdzisław Orłowski, Courtesy of Artist
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