Piotr Zamojski, O vrime

Piotr Zamojski’s exhibition “ O vrime” will be opened on 29th of September, 2017 in Gallery AŽ , Ateliers Žitnjak. Zamojski is a Polish artist who lives and works in Dusseldorf. The exhibition is a part of an international art exchange program, initiated by the City of Zagreb in 2007.
The central work of Piotr Zamojski’s exhibition “O vrime” is the site-specific spatial intervention, a processual work with a text created during his residential stay, in which the author works with Dubrovnik’s renaissance poet Džore Držić’s lyrics from the poem “O vrime čestito”. The exhibition also includes a short selection of author’s works which use text, ephemerality, local references and local language research, local traditions, myths and sayings.

From“Questions on Historicity and Place in the work of Piotr Zamojski“, fragments from the conversation between Seoyoung Kim and the artist

‘In each case, I see the given space as an occasion instigating reflection on the perception of the place concerned I am always confronted by the questions as to how, if at all, the complexity of the spatial situation can be grasped. How far away is the feeling from the factual, and which method of interpretation would be the most appropriate? My manner of proceeding can be compared to a dialogue and the result to a portrait of the place in question. Similarly to the case of a traditional portrait, here too there are three components involved: the object to be portrayed, the artist as interpreting and mediating instance, and finally the beholder. The image emerges at the point of intersection of these three planes. I do not believe that it is possible, nor even desirable, to make all three coincide. Instead, they should extend and enrich one another.
Alongside the mostly simple, geometric forms I often employ texts. They are almost never complete sentences, but rather quasi-sentences or individual words that correspond with one another. I always try to refer to the specialness, the peculiarity of the place in question in as brief a form as possible. What interests me here are the following issues: how a construct called “reality” emerges out of memories, direct sensory perceptions and imaginings; whether abstract thought, the world of concepts, extends our horizon of experience or deforms our vision of things and perhaps even obstructs it; how the semantic and visual planes exert mutual influence on one another and whether it is possible to bring them into harmony.

My spatial works thrive on locality and locale. Each time, I try to consider as many aspects as possible. I investigate local form languages against the broader historical, geographical and socio-cultural background. More recently, I have often made reference to local traditions, myths and proverbs. In textual works, I always use local and sometimes also historical languages – ancient Icelandic, for example. Each time, I use a different typography, if possible local fonts, and best of all forms of writing that, in addition, correspond with the period in which the architectural situation in question was created.

I understand locality as a special feature, as the intimacy of a place even. Locality is more specific than regionality: it is more a personal language than a dialect. It is fragile, similar to innocence – it is easier to lose it than to regain it. And increasingly, above all in recent years, it has become endangered and rare. In my works, I try to address its significance: my works can be understood as a homage to locality.’

Piotr Zamojski, born in Olsztyn/ Poland
Studied painting at the Art Academy in Munich; sculpture and typography at the Art Academy in Düsseldorf/ Germany, lives in Düsseldorf

Selected recent exhibitions and projects

2010 Singleman’s Hund, Bundanon, West Cambewarra, Australia
Warawara, Forest in West Cambewarra, Australia
Melkein… (Almost…), Inre Hatten Island, Helsinki
Third Setting, Shibukawa, Japan
Sjaldan… (Seldom…), Former fisherman’s hut, Gardur,
Iceland
Brandur Af Brandi Brenn Uns Bruninn Er, Gardur, Iceland
2011 Wall , Färber Strasse, Düsseldorf
Rear House, Klaus Kinski’s birth place, Sopot, Poland
Windows, Salzmannbau, Düsseldorf
Participation in the exhibition 5×3, Kunstraum Düsseldorf
2012 Homo Ludens, Muzeum Sopotu, Sopot, Poland,
Gamli Vitinn (Old Lighthouse), Gardur, Iceland
… á glæ kastat, Gardur, Iceland
Five Proverbs, The Salos Manor House, Salos, Lithuania
2013 Refrain, the abandoned house, Taggan, Scotland
ris an adhar (In the Air), transmitted by Two Lochs Radio, ,
Gairloch, Scotland
2014 Nu, Kunstraum Düsseldorf
Paraopticum, exhibition space Bove, Düsseldorf
2015 Face and Hand, AIS, Shibukawa, Japan
participation in the exhibition OE=OM IV, Minami, Maebashi,
Japan
Absenz (Absence), Die Letzten und die Ersten (The Last
and the First First)
par icipation in the exhibition Reflexionen, former St.Francis
monastery, Düsseldorf
2016 Sat lacrimis, St. Mary Magdalene Church,Geldern,Germany
participation in the presentation of zat No.4, Salon des
2017 participation in the exhibition Utopies Fluviales,
Muséo-Seine, Caudebec-en-Caux

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