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Jan Kucz. Watertight...on both sides...

"Talent is not private property, it is a value that has been entrusted "

                                                                                                                                                       Jan Kucz

INFO

Place

ms2, Ogrodowa 19, groundfloor

Time

June 26, 2024 - October 6, 2024

opening

26.06.2024(Wednesday), 6:00 pm

opening hours

Monday: closed
Tuesday: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Wednesday - Sunday: 12.00 - 18.30

curator

Andrzej Biernacki

organisational cooperation

Milena Romanowska

author of the exhibition scenography

Andrzej Szarek

communication

Anna Augustyn-Kamińska, Dorota Wituła

conservation

Anita Andrzejczak, Tatiana Matwij

installation team

Krzysztof Francek, Łukasz Janicki , Marek Kubacki, Adam Maj, Mariusz Maj, Dariusz Mikołajczyk, Ireneusz Szymarek, Maciej Więcławski

  […] A young man from the village of Zarzecze brought to the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw the courage to state directly who he was and what he intended to do in life. His boldness irritated those who were ashamed of their place of birth. He would study sculpture, constantly looking to develop and take forward strides; because he believed that this should be a fixed approach, especially for those who wanted to grab life by the horns.

Later in life, when running his own professorial studio at his alma mater, he would repeat the adage that at the Academy you had to learn how to study so that when out in the world, you would have the skills to study on your own. Many of his graduates, artists, friends and even enemies would make good use of such pearls of wisdom. 

One of Kucz's first expressive sculptures Head with a Golden Tooth emanates poetry and emotion. It represents a parable on greed, the encroachment of material values ​​and disappointment with the same. With this sculpture, Kucz encourages reflection, stimulates conscience, and stirs our awareness of things.

Professor Kucz was known for taking his students seriously. He would keenly observe the unfolding of the creative process during a workshop and encourage his protegees to courageously draw on their imagination. For Kucz a stone must be broken into pieces and reassembled; and for this it was important to understand the process of destruction and construction. Comments and justifications were central to his teaching and feedback. As he wrote: 

The process of creating a work of art is to reside on the borders between intuition and subconsciousness, and analysis and deduction. The artist must be vigilant so as not to give primacy to these polarities. [...]

[…]In 2014, at the Centre of Polish Sculpture in Orońsko, on the occasion of the exhibition titled “The ABC of Sculptures” , Kucz showed a work depicting a horde of angry dogs made out of red cloth. They had arranged themselves on a red table. They were devouring everything and each other. They had been made for this purpose. The sculpture is impactful, evoking images of both the past and the present. Our democracy – the author so choosing to call things as he saw them. Perhaps you will recognize your neighbour on this table… or perhaps you will see yourself?

Kucz conducted an argument with life; and sometimes with God. He spoke through art. This was his podium. He was a commentator on reality. Always somewhere in the second or third plane of the work. He used to say that when he saw himself in the mirror, he was almost sure that God had a sense of humour. After all, being able to laugh at yourself is a pathway into the imagination; to understanding the essence of goodness. This is where the process of analytically seeing and understanding the world begins. A sense of humour, curiosity about the world and, above all, honesty. Aside from the skills that must be required, these are the ABC of being an artist and a human being. […]

Fragments from the text by Andrzej Szarek "Watertight...on both sides...".

 

Text source : ARTEON No.6 (218) June 2018.

 

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INFO

Place

ms2, Ogrodowa 19, groundfloor

Time

June 26, 2024 - October 6, 2024

opening

26.06.2024(Wednesday), 6:00 pm

opening hours

Monday: closed
Tuesday: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Wednesday - Sunday: 12.00 - 18.30

curator

Andrzej Biernacki

organisational cooperation

Milena Romanowska

author of the exhibition scenography

Andrzej Szarek

communication

Anna Augustyn-Kamińska, Dorota Wituła

conservation

Anita Andrzejczak, Tatiana Matwij

installation team

Krzysztof Francek, Łukasz Janicki , Marek Kubacki, Adam Maj, Mariusz Maj, Dariusz Mikołajczyk, Ireneusz Szymarek, Maciej Więcławski

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