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Painting as Meditation
August 1, 2014   
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A new exhibition at the Ujazdowski Castle Center for Contemporary Art looks at the history of geometric abstraction and avant-garde 20th-century painting through the eyes of painter, draftsman and photographer Tycjan Knut.

Entitled Old School, the exhibition comprises pictures in which Knut makes references to Polish avant-garde painting of the 1960s and 1970s, when a major role was played by abstraction and a quest for transcendence. Knut draws inspiration from Polish geometric abstract painters, whose work he has been following for years.

Knut’s work is often subtle and abstract, echoing the geometric style, but it also shows that the artist wants to move beyond this tradition and the limitations of the style. Knut is driven by intuition and likes to set his imagination free, so that his paintings have a lot in common with meditation.

Born in 1985, Knut graduated from Warsaw’s Fine Arts Academy. He is now working on his Ph.D. degree at the Institute of Fine Arts at the Jan Kochanowski University in Kielce. Apart from painting, drawing and photography, he also pursues new media. He has exhibited his work at the Bunkier Sztuki gallery in Cracow and the Kordegarda gallery in Warsaw.

Until Aug. 24
Ujazdowski Castle Center for Contemporary Art, Bank Pekao Project Room
2 Jazdów St.
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