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Life as a Joke
February 18, 2009   
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"Life is a funny and stupid joke" is a quote from a book by Mikhail Lermontov which serves as the title of an exhibition of works by Krzysztof Krzysztof, on display through Feb. 27 at the Villa Marilor in Zakopane. The artist transforms these words into visual forms, including dynamic sculptures which call to mind works by the Italian futurists. Unlike the latter, however, the works by Krzysztof do not draw on the busy and noisy life of city streets and the rush of machines, but were inspired by nature and wilderness."The sharp and brutal shapes of rocks which I saw in misty ranges of the high mountains became my connection to the world, highlighted in the form of sculpture," Krzysztof says.

The sculptures on display are large and small spatial forms some of which feature shining surfaces that reflect and refract surrounding images and at the same time, blend into them. Others with tarnished surfaces are reminiscent of natural mineral formations. All borrow lavishly from natural patterns, revealing the wealth and power in them. Sometimes, the shapes also resemble fossils, evoking reflection on the passing of time and the transitory nature of existence.Krzysztof created his sculptures of bronze and epoxy. They appear sturdy, expressive and as if in motion. They are not just a reflection of the creative and destructive power of nature, as they also illustrate human nature and emotions-the deepest emotions, those which are not entirely proper or commonplace. Most notably, Krzysztof focuses on anger and the expansion of the masculine ego, domination, strength, and the courage to expose one's identity.

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Until Feb. 27Villa Marilor, 18 Ko¶ciuszki St., Zakopane
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