No 2 (82) 2010
April - June

Time Transgression

Creative search by Tomasz Struk has been outlined by a defined concept of art focused on the issues of time, memory, passing.

Malwina Domagała

Historian and art critic. PhD student at the Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw. She publishes texts on contemporary art.

Malwina Domagała

THE WORKS BY THIS ARTIST STAND OUT WITH REMARKABLE COMPOSITION SOLUTIONS, cross the borders of artistic genres; they touch upon existential aspects in a specific manner. Aware of unavoidable, irrevocable passing of time, the artist has sustained in pursuing a metaphoric record of human existence suspended between life and death; lightness and darkness; permanence and changeability; presence and absence.

The output by Tomasz Struk indicates strong anthropologic foundations, dealing with the topic of human memory. The memory - treasured and passed from generation to generation - has left its trace; while the time, rescued from oblivion, has been shaping history. The latter are inherent in the artistic work by Tomasz Struk, characterized by strong metaphoric expression. The world has lost there its time and space frameworks. Completely deprived of any subjective qualities, these works express universal values, encouraging a viewer to reflect on human existence.

Large size graphic compositions of the Rasters series (2003) - illuminated by practically transparent palette - seem to resist the pressure of irreversibly passing time. They emanate life and trust, giving an impression that the artist discovered a sense of spontaneous joy. Nevertheless, a complex mechanism of the world, relatively perverse, causes an unconscious fear, a lack of comfort. An element of anxiety has been recognized and recorded by means of overlapping, hexagonal forms written into the geometric figures composition. The concept of passing, awareness of the past history and peremptory end have been returning motives in the pieces by this artist.

Tomasz Struk, "Rasters", the Visiting Gallery, Warsaw, January-February 2010.