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.
Use of light seems to be the most common topic of photographic textbooks, both for beginners and professionals. Light, in all its forms, appears in titles of innumerable exhibitions and often also pops up in headlines of educational articles on the history of photography. In most cases, however, the discourse on light is limited to showcasing ways of “taming” it, i.e. to its practical and technical aspects. The perception of the formal and artistic problems is usually lopsided. All of this often leads to the trivialisation of the question of light.
With the Lux exhibition, the Archeology of Photography Foundation continues the theme of projects based on collaborations with contemporary artists, which aim at theoretical reflections on important issues for the history of photography and research practices. In the first ever presentation of these pictures, film, and an installation, the artists engage with various aspects relating to light and its relationship with the ontological essence of photography.
Photophobia, the film by Karolina Breguła, a versatile multimedia artist, is a dark, metaphorical story about the fear of darkness. Its protagonist compulsively collects light bulbs in an attempt to limit the liberty of her fellow district residents.
Przemek Dzienis is mainly known for his witty photographs of people in relation to objects and space. This time around, he starts with the physical nature of light and explores its transformations and colour perception. In an effort to create an illusion of light effects, he applies modern printing techniques.
For Magda Hueckel, the author of the acclaimed book Anima: Images from Africa, light is a symbol of healing and recovering from an illness. In this way, the artist tries to make reference to the history of photography, as well as to the broader context of the presence of light in culture.
One of the artists who continue to revisit the problem of light is Szymon Rogiński, whose works such as UFO Project or the Blackness series, focusing on the lack of light, have permanently established themselves in the canon of contemporary Polish photography. The author focuses on the registration of light phenomena, applying, among others, the process of solarisation, which takes place as a result of intensive exposure of a light-sensitive material.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a book under the same title, which will be launched during the closing reception. It continues the series inaugurated with Emulsion (2015), which focuses on the material aspects of photography. Lux features contemporary and archival works dedicated to light as well as commentary from the perspective of physics and research articles.
Karolina Breguła, Przemek Dzienis, Magda Hueckel & Szymon Rogiński – LUX
@ Gallery of the Archeology of Photography Foundation (13 Gen Władysława Andersa St., Warsaw, Poland)
Grand opening: September 23 at 5.00 PM
The exhibition will be open between September 24 and October 14, 2016