Macadam Gallery dedicates this first Viewing Room to Andrzej Urbanski, a newcomer to its artists’ family.
Based for several years in South Africa, Andrzej Urbanski is an artist already well established on the European art scene.
HOW DO YOU SEE YOUR WORK’S EVOLUTION THROUGH THESE LAST YEARS ?
The evolution of my work in the last years went through a number developmental stages in which I explored the dynamics and frequencies shape, color and the appearance of paint.
One of those dynamics was to break out with my square paintings into an unconventional multi-angled and multi-cornered design. The purpose of that is to break the most known concept of the square shape and introduce a new concept of looking at the medium of painting. In the near future those shaped canvases will develop into sculptural work made out of aluminium.
Currently I am in the process of conceptualizing these and creating a symbiotic connection between two mediums (painting and sculpture) into one medium.
WHAT DO YOU SEEK TO SHARE WITH YOUR ART ?
I am seeking to share my passion for a better understanding of the connection of color, shape and the appropriate dynamic within those three aspects in my work.
HOW IMPORTANT IS SOUTH AFRICA IN YOUR CREATION ?
South Africa had a tremendous impact in various aspects on my person and my development as an artist. The very crucial things that influenced me positively are the multicultural diversity amongst 12 languages, the different cultural structures and social communities as well as the very diverse and inspiring art scene in this country.
© Rowan Pybus, 2021
WHY DID YOU WANT TO BE BETTER THAN THE MACHINE ?
I aspire to create a better perfection in my work than a machine can do. I believe that my creative influence on an artwork is a more valuable one than the common machined way.
Therefore the expression “being better than a machine“ symbolizes my attention to detail and the persistent dedication to avoid the possible human flaw, which is an impossible goal as an artist that paints digital appearing paintings by hand. The ultimate goal for me is to evoke a hint of digital perfection on the first sight, a perfection, that we the humans are very accustomed to, and then draw the audience closer to the artwork to explore its details and recognize the human influence in it.
WHERE DO YOU CONSIDER YOURSELF IN YOUR CAREER AND DO YOU HAVE EXCITING NEW PROJECT TO SHARE WITH US ?
I am currently in the midst of an exciting creative phase in my career where I am trying to create new large scale paintings and large scale sculptures for public art projects and exhibitions.
The plan is to introduce those works in the near future 2021/2022. I am also very honored to be able to show case my very first solo exhibition with Macadam gallery in Brussels beginning of next year and a solo exhibition at Everard Read gallery in Johannesburg at the end of 2021.