Eye-sockets (2), 2010, oil on canvas, 190 x 130 cm

Eye-sockets (3), oil on canvas, 2010, 190 x 130 cm

Eye-sockets (5), oil on canvas, 2010, 160 x 160 cm

Eye-sockets (4), 2010, oil on canvas, 180 x 130 cm

Eye Sockets


The monumental canvases from the Eye-Sockets series seduce with the mimetic nature of the painterly layer: the thin turpentine-diluted paint soaks into the surface unrestrained, offering an ideal replica of the texture of a coarse concrete wall. The dark reflective gaping holes of windows are a witty quote from the artist's massive earlier series Lamp Black, where the physical properties of paint defined the spatial depth, narrative, and sense of a painting. At the same time, the modest range of means comes together to form an unquestionably realist whole. The cool architectural shots depict fragments of an unfinished condominium, calling upon not only the current aura of the crisis-struck construction industry, but also the genuinely Polish topos of the "unfinished house", a symbol of unbridled aspirations confronted with limited possibilities, passionate enthusiasm and everyday neglect, money and its lack.