Natkaniec’s works – as well as the nature of his artistic practice – surmise a distinctive and hermetic form developed over the years that has become resistant to outside influence and fashion. Creating complicated, extremely detailed installations, he employs a number of motifs (chair, brush, flag, hand, sphere, triangle) that are replicated, thus permuting into painstaking and labyrinthine landscapes.
Natkaniec himself describes his objects as “impractical and clumsy sculptures”, in which their disturbing disorder is intertwined with charming and humorous motifs. The artist’s works become narration for the process of transforming paintings into three-dimensional objects. Natkaniec, using materials widely-known to painters, such as canvas, wood and paper, reinterprets their potential, creating installations that blur the boundary between painting and sculpture.
This exhibition presents a selection of objects from the late 1980’s through the artist’s most recent works in which chronology loses its significance to create holistic and interpenetrating arrangements.
Zbigniew Andrzej Natkaniec was born in 1961 in Opole. He is a graduate of the State Fine Arts High School in Opole and studied at the State Higher School of Fine Arts in Poznań within the Interior Design Department from 1982–83 and within the Painting Department from 1983–87. He received a diploma with honors from Prof. Jacek Waltoś’ painting studio in 1987, and since then has taught drawing and painting at the State Fine Arts High School in Opole.
The exhibition is presented in cooperation with the Contemporary Art Gallery in Opole.