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Dark Side of Sexuality
July 30, 2012   
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To many artists, old books, magazines and movies can be a source of inspiration. One such artist is Konrad Maciejewicz. His Transform Me exhibition is running at the Projekt Kordegarda gallery in Warsaw.

With a background in painting and print-making, Maciejewicz makes collages of photographs cut out from Polish women’s magazines from the 1960s, 70s and 80s. What he finds fascinating about the images is their technically imperfect visuals combined with an air of something bizarre or even intimidating. His works appear to be densely packed and saturated. At first glance, they resemble paintings and at times even look like inlaid wood work. They verge on kitsch.

The latest series of collages by Maciejewicz explores the dark side of sexuality. The pieces evoke curiosity combined with terror, an effect reminiscent of horror movies. The collages are populated by characters that form bizarre or even cruel relationships with one another where women assume masculine roles and recurring themes include castration and sex changes.

Like a nightmare, many of the works feature body parts and entrails. They could be seen as representing the terror experienced by alienated individuals or as metaphors of obsessions, anxieties and loss of identity. The collages are shown alongside lightboxes which enlarge and illuminate the works to intensify the sense of alienation in the characters they portray.

Until Aug. 19
Projekt Kordegarda Gallery, 3 Gałczyńskiego St.
Free admission
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