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Creative Process Laid Bare
February 18, 2009   
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The Regional Cultural Center in Ko這brzeg is exhibiting a gigantic painting more than 14 meters long, filled with a procession of fantastical naked beings surrounding a skull with red female lips. The work is by Franciszek Starowiejski, from his Theater of Drawing cycle, the idea of which is to show the whole of the creative process.

The painting was created in front of an audience. The artist was always accompanied by a nude model. In this manner, he tried to break the rules of everyday propriety and show what would normally be hidden away in his atelier. The relationship between the artist and model was literally laid bare to the audience, with the artist as the main protagonist of the play.

Each session began with Starowiejski drawing a perfect circle by hand. This demonstrated his technical mastery. Only then did he start painting, which usually lasted several days. The result is a highly baroque work, both in form and content, in which Eros and Thanatos form an indivisible whole, as the birth of life is accompanied by death.

Ko這brzeg, Regional Cultural Center, 1 Solna St., until Feb. 28
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