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28 Oct 2010

The Parallax and the Gaze of Zbigniew Rogalski at Muzeum Sztuki in Lodz

Zbigniew Roglaski, Funeral portrait, oil on canvas,120x120cm, 2007

The Parallax and the Gaze of Zbigniew Rogalski
Muzeum Sztuki in Lodz


October 28, 2010 — January 30, 2011 The exhibition  is opened from tuesday to sunday from 12 p.m till 7 p.m.

Jaroslaw Lubiak
(0048 42) 6391259
(0048 42) 6329941

Muzeum Sztuki
Więckowskiego 36
90-734 Lodz

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The Parallax and the Gaze of Zbigniew Rogalski

curator: Jaroslaw Lubiak

The exhibition will be an overview of Zbigniew Rogalski’s work from his earliest paintings to the recent objects. The show will not be a retrospective but rather a thematic exhibition focused on the persistent motif of Rogalski’s work, that is, on transforming the gaze. Having great technical skills and inventive capacities, he is able to propose visual experiments that overcome, or sometimes even reverse, the classical painterly concept of perspective. Rogalski invents new ways of seeing that can be called parallax, corresponding to the current developments in technology, science and culture.

The exhibition will not only gather works by Rogalski to illustrate his visual inventions. Through their juxtaposition of paintings with one another, the show will create an unique visual experience where the gaze will be revealed in connection with desire, longing, fantasy and death. The exceptional feature of Rogalski’s painting is that the gaze is embodied in them as truly painterly matter. One may say that the gaze is materialized in his paintings.

Rogalski’s work can be seen as a visual counterpart for some contemporary theoretical concepts especially these of Slavoj Žižek (The Parallax View, 2006), Jacques Lacan (The Four Fundamental Concepts of Psychoanalysis, 1977) and Paul Virilio (Vision machine, 1994). It is not in any case a mere illustration, it is rather an important contribution on its own, posing questions and proposing solutions by visual means.

And last, but not least, Zbigniew Rogalski’s exhibition will be a great pleasure of painting for the viewers at the same time confronting them with the piercing gaze of contemporary art.

Born in 1974 in Dabrowa Bialostocka, graduated from the Painting Department of the Poznan Academy of Fine Arts (1999). Together with Hubert Czerepok, he formed the Magisters group (2000-2002). He lives and works in Warsaw.