Bartek Materka: The Cloud Has Moved


First solo exhibition of Bartek Materka in Hungary at the Platan Gallery.

Thursday 2 February, 7:00 pm — Friday 16 March 2012

Platan Gallery

Budapest, VI. Andrássy út 32.

Bartek Materka

The Cloud Has Moved.

The painterly look of Bartek Materka is directed at the everyday visual adventures, but he especially concentrates on the deformations which the image of reality undergoes in our consciousness. Materka's works, which are usually created on the basis of photographs, are an analysis of the optical apparatus and the influences exerted on it by modern optic technologies and the methods of generating images (digital picture, television, microscopes, ASCII code). Another inspiration for the artist are the deformations of related to neurological disorders. Also predominant is the question of emotions from private life - the heroes of Materka's paintings are usually people from his closest milieu: his wife Joanna, son Tytus, female friends. Often these are exactly the emotions generated by the relations which find visualization in the paintings. This distorts both the paintings and images, overclouds them, makes them come apart and imposes one on top of the other, which, in turn, demands that different perspectives of perception and understanding be employed.

Bartek Materka was born in 1973 in Gdańsk. In 2004 he graduated from the Painting Department of the Cracow Fine Arts Academy. He collaborates with the Raster Gallery (Galeria Raster). Lives and works in Krakow.

Openig of the exhibition: on Thursday 2 February 2012 at 6 p.m.

Opening speech by:

Barbara Wiechno, former director of the Polish Institute,

Emese Révész, art historian,

Beata Nowacka-Kardzis, curator of the exhibition

Cooperation: Gallery of Contemporary Art Bunkier Sztuki, Krakow