No 2 (82) 2010
April - June

Checho-Slovakia and Surroundings

Igor Przybylski has been interested constantly for many years in railway, locomotives and buses.

Natalia Werbanowska - Krawczyk

B. 1983. Art historian, she publishes texts on contemporary art.

Natalia Werbanowska - Krawczyk

HE HAS SPECIALLY FOCUSED ON THE ONES that left behind their past glory, now being slowly withdrawn   from city streets. Thus, his projects show a particular sense of nostalgia. Przybylski introduces to his pictures details of locomotives, buses and characteristic fragments of train stations ("Przylep", 2006). Some of them have been turned into warning signs, well known from railway platforms. (Beware of Train", 2006). The project entitled "Brejlovec a okoli" ("Four-Eyes and Surroundings") - showed at the m2 Warsaw gallery - has been a fragment of the larger unit "Checho-Slovakia". The first part of the series has been devoted to the locomotive no. 750/753/754, colloquially referred to as the "Four-Eyes" or "Diver" with regard to a specific shape of the control booth, resembling goggles, and small windows, as though of a ship. A locomotive bearing the serial no. 230/240 (so called "Laminated", a famous locomotive designed by Otokar Diablik) and the 749/751 (so called Bardott) - still used in both countries - have been featured in his other pieces. The exhibition embraces a series of works inspired with an unusual design of the "Four-Eyes" ("Breylovec"). Further, one has a chance to see the railway stations where these locomotives can be still encountered today. A photographic documentation of unique "Four-Eyes" color variants is an essential part of the exhibition. Several dozens of various colors of the same vehicle prove large impact of color on one's perception of form. Traces of the former system have been visible in the railway architecture and infrastructure; both being a fundamental component of the series. The whole project covers several exhibitions to be mounted from 2010 to the end of 2011 (in Warsaw, Cieszyn, Bratislava). During special shows one will have an opportunity to see photos of the still existing relics, and some videos featuring color versions of the most interesting types of the locomotives to be found in both countries.

Igor Przybylski, "Breylovec a okoli", the m2 Gallery, Warsaw, May-June 2010.