by Jacek Kołodziejski
Ten years ago, I placed an order with the Division of Control and Robotics in Poznan - to cut a perfect square in a metal plate. I placed the square on the photographic paper and exposed it. I repeated that process one thousand times, exposing paper after paper. Each image served as a negative to the next. As a result of that experiment, I discovered the potential of the perfect figure and its organic shape”, describes Kołodziejski in the text accompanying the publication.
This conceptual experiment initiated a formal exploration on the level of various media - painting, installation, sculpture – and became a leitmotif that comes back in artist’s various projects: represented by a figure-stain, figure-mole, figure-stigmat, or figure-freckle. It finally becomes an ironic commentary or a self-portrait of the artist. Seemingly static compositions shot on flat, monochromatic backgrounds present models entering into weird interactions with specially designed elements of scenography or with the props. Everything is important: the design, scenography, clothes, colors, composition, decomposition, post-production.
Red hair and freckles as obsessively recurring motifs are embedded in characteristic, idiosyncratic visual language that Kołodziejski had developed over the years. In this context, photographing ‘red-heads’ and ‘freckles’ has no documentary value, but rather it is an element of creation of the artist, a kind of creative play, in which the props are marked with human traits – they also ‘pose’, or are painted with freckles, and models turn into sculptures, becoming an universal (and ironic) representation of Otherness.
Technical data by Jacek Kołodziejski, Freckle / s
Creative concept by Jacek Kołodziejski
Text by Wiktoria Michałkiewicz
Graphic design by Magdalena Heliasz