Art Brussels 2014 / Angelika Markul, Radek Szlaga, Konrad Smoleński

PRIMARY IMAGES / Art Brussels 2014, Brussels

Angelika Markul, Konrad Smoleński, Radek Szlaga

25 — 27.04.2014

PRIMARY IMAGES / Art Brussels 2014, Brussels — Angelika Markul, Konrad Smoleński, Radek Szlaga

 

 
The reference to primary aspects of the functioning and impact of art constitutes a key element to the work of three extremely diverse artists: Angelika Markul, Radek Szlaga and Konrad Smoleński. In this specific case, the term “primary”, does not refer to primitivism, but rather to the exploration of artistic authenticity. Their authenticity focuses on dealing with a heavy emotional load, which either drives towards action and creation, or penetrates the viewer, who becomes exposed to the influence of art. Angelika Markul in her search for modern demonism delves into space marked by uncontrollable force, either spontaneous or provoked by humans. Anxiety and doubt are worming Markul’s installations and begin to surround the viewer circulating among them. The visual-acoustic experiments of Konrad Smoleński exceed the safe distance normally separating the work from the viewer. Pulse, vibration and sound waves aggressively intervene in corporeality; induce fear, irritation and pain, not allowing the viewer for a passive presence. Radek Szlaga through painting explores the primary function of communication, where visual language becomes the foundation, the first platform for emotional transfer. Emotions which are not limited by schematized grammar but constitute a pure reaction to reality.