The landscape is a source of many inspirations for photography. It results from humans’ need to document their world around as well as historic relationships between this medium and painting. Up to the 1970s these relations had been stormy: full of mutual reproaches and animosities, they were connected with attempts to develop new solutions for common heritage.
Przemek Dzienis’ works, shown at the Leica Gallery Warsaw, are an excellent example of the latest period for these historic relations. The landscapes created by the artist with his camera, captivate with their minimalism and abstract painterly gestures which is used to put colourful spots. As canvas, Dzienis uses snow, delicate and surprising in its texture. It almost entirely fills the frames.
Przemek Dzienis’ previous projects are different from this one: “I was fed up with that commercial work in Warsaw, with the rush, crowds, so I left. I was looking for peace and quiet. I found the colour in a monochrome winter,” he says.
The Pureview series combines skilful compilation of snowy landscape’s details with photographs in which the mountain peaks are more visible. In this way, the series combines elements of abstraction and classic landscape. This introduced balance, together with the polluted white surface of each image, makes the viewer difficulty in identifying which landscapes they deal with.
Dzienis’ interference in a naturally formed image by adding colours causes associations with the heritage of broadly defined land art, whose main processing material was natural space and other installations could last only thanks to photographs. Przemek’s painterly gesture reopens the definition of photography as painting with light, that was promoted by one of its pioneers – Talbot. However, the most important is here the colour clashed with the landscape. Besides his interest in the landscape as such and work outside the studio, a new element in Przemek Dzienis’ works is their spaciousness. As a result, some of the flat photographs hanging on the walls of the gallery begin to take the shape of 3D objects.
Przemek Dzienis (b. 1984) | based in Warsaw (Poland) | graduate of the Łódź Film School’s Photography faculty | has presented his works at individual and collective exhibitions in Austria, Germany, Hungary and Poland.
Przemek Dzienis – PUREVIEW
@ Leica Gallery Warsaw (3 Mysia St., Warsaw, Poland)
Opening reception: February 9 at 7.00 PM
The exhibition will be open to the public between February 10 and March 26, 2017
The Przemek Dzienis exhibition is organised under doc! photo magazine patronage.