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Old Friends Look Back
May 28, 2008   
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Old friends Darek Pala and Szymon Parafiniak live thousands of kilometers apart and their artistic paths never crossed until the Out of the Box exhibition, which opens at the Café Kulturalna in Warsaw's Palace of Culture and Science June 5 at 8 p.m. This will be the third and final showing of the exhibition, which was previously displayed at the Zachęta Gallery in Częstochowa and the Artformz Gallery in New York City.

Pala and Parafiniak have known each other for 25 years. They both grew up in Częstochowa and went to college in Cracow. With time, they felt an urge to "get out of the box" and see themselves from a broader perspective. This made them take separate artistic paths. To both of them, the years that followed were a time of searching, asking questions, seeking new inspiration and pursuing artistic development. Last September, they met for the first time in seven years. The meeting sparked off an idea for a joint exhibition in which they would stop to take a look back from the perspective of the experience they had gathered.

Parafiniak remains faithful to graphic arts. Many of his works reveal a fascination with music. In the series of works shown at the exhibition, he attempts to portray important figures on the jazz scene. His works make a metaphorical record of the characteristic features of the portrayed artists and their music. In Parafiniak's drawings, dynamic and expressive lines contrast with placid backgrounds. "My new series of graphic works is a risky attempt at combining the visual language of frigid and indifferent pop-art with some spiritual and emotional commitment," Parafiniak says. "This commitment makes me notice symbols and signs that have always been there in my life."

Pala, who has lived in Miami in the United States for 10 years, is a well-known figure with people who frequent galleries in Warsaw. His works have been shown at numerous exhibitions in Warsaw. Café Kulturalna patrons got to see his paintings during the Viva Topless exhibition in 2004. Pala expresses himself predominantly in painting. Geometrical arrangements on his canvases stand in opposition to the dynamic and expressive lightness of his works on paper, which, composed of intersecting lines painted with quick brush strokes, seem loaded with energy.

Guests at the opening reception will be able to listen to a concert by Jaskułke 3YO , with Krzysztof Dziedzic on drums, Michał Barański on double-bass, and Sławek Jaskułke on piano.

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