The newest photography project by Tomasz Wysocki, young and very promising artist, asks some serious existential questions. He creates a subjective vision of consecutive phases of our lives. Birth, growing up, maturity, and old age are captured through the allegorical, full of hidden senses, and meticulously composed photographs. Imagined situations are taking place beyond the time and space. In a result, the maximum effect is built upon the form and hidden anecdote. The precision of the details is astonishing. The overall impression is amplified by the images large-scale format. Last but not least: the anxiety, characteristic for the previous works is still present in The Taste of Cherry series (doc! #43).
On the one hand, The Taste of Cherry could be a continuation of artist’s previous searches. On the other, it opens up new investigations such as conscious and sensitive usage of the light and shadow. The light becomes next character of Wysocki’s images, almost like in expressive Caravaggio’s paintings. The atmosphere of the photographs is serious, almost dark. About the work with models the artist says: “I used to treat people in front of the lens as the form that I set up with a perfect precision in front of the camera. This time, I wanted to work more like a film director. Through attempts, tips, and conversations, I tried to enter the actors into the space of the set design and observe how they find themselves in it, not just imposing the final composition in 100%, as it happened in my previous cycles.”
The process behind The Taste of Cherry was indeed like a movie production. The first scenario and detailed sketches of the scenes were created when Wysocki started his studies at the Łódź Film School’s Photography Faculty few years ago. Each element was meticulously planned. In the meantime, funds for the project were being raised. Wysocki engaged a group of 60 people: actors, set designers, plan managers, make-up artists, costume designers, stuntmen, and video operators. Photo sessions were carried out in Łódź, in a huge 2000 m2 studio.
It is uneasy to track down the aesthetical inspirations inside The Taste of Cherry, but from the practical point of view Wysocki’s methods are similar to those used by masters of photography like Jeff Wall, Gregory Crewdson, Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Thomas Demand, or Paweł Bownik. Although Wysocki himself admits to the fascination rather with painting and sculpture: “Egon Schiele, Vermeer, Lucian Freud, Caravaggio – these are the names that are particularly fascinating to me now. It is not so obvious, but I see in their work many staging-related elements that inspire me and which I try creatively use in my work.”
Tomasz Wysocki planned his project with care for details; however, the photographs were designed to leave room for interpretation of the recipient. This is the kind of a statement that can be found in the famous painting Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going? by Paul Gaugin. The Taste of Cherry created by Tomasz Wysocki is an original development of thoughts expressed by Gaugin, written on 12 large-format photographs.
Tomasz Wysocki (b. 1990) | based in Łódź (Poland) | student of Photography at the Łódź Film School | deals mainly with staged photography, in which every element of the photographic set is precisely arranged, and photographs are taken without manipulation of the image or photomontage | loves contact with nature, hitchhiking, painting, and talking to people | has shown his works at group and individual exhibitions in Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, and Poland | laureate of the Award of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage (2014) and double scholarship holder of the Minister of Science (2014, 2016) | represented by Leica 6×7 Gallery Warsaw.
Tomasz Wysocki – THE TASTE OF CHERRY
@ Leica 6×7 Gallery Warsaw (3 Mysia St., Warsaw, Poland)
Opening reception: April 20 at 7.00 PM
The exhibition will be open to the public between April 21 and June 3, 2018
- Artist’s talk: May 10 at 6.00 PM
- Curatorial guided tour: May 24 at 6.00 PM