Rafal Piesliak: Insight

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In Rafał Piesliak’s work, we can distinguish individual periods in which the artist devotes all his energy to working on a particular issue. His works include reflections on social problems, interpersonal relations or collective memory; he also takes up the issue of fragility as such. In his solo exhibition Insight, the artist sums up an important stage in his life. Over the past four years, he has focused on preserving memory in objects. As the artist himself says, the title of the exhibition refers to the state of the artist while creating and of the viewer while observing the artworks. It is like a sudden realisation, a revelation of essence, accompanied by strong positive emotions and the joy of discovery. The insight not only enables cognition but also opens the way to further consideration and understanding.

At the exhibition Piesliak presents objects made of steel, porcelain, crystal and brass. To create these objects, the artist used an old Japanese technique of repairing ceramics – kintsugi, which allows broken objects to be resurrected to a new life. Using old cups, plates and vases, the artist refers to a certain bygone era and its cultural contexts, and reveals a close emotional connection to objects of memory. The broken vessels combined into a new sculptural mass touch upon the problems of novelty, aesthetics, tradition and change.

Rafał Pesliak (born 1983) lives and works in Vilnius, Lithuania. In 2008, he graduated from the Vilnius Academy of Fine Arts, Faculty of Sculpture. The artist presented his works in public space: the object The Circle in Lithuanian Fairy Tale Park, the sculpture panel Art in space, space in art near VAA and several objects in Krzyżowa, Poland. The artist actively participates in exhibitions since 2009. He had nine solo exhibitions in Lithuania, Italy and Latvia. The sculptor also creates scenographies for theatre. In 2010 he was awarded the State Prize for Cultural Merit, and in 2020 he received the award for the best installation ArtVilnius’20 for his work Garden, which is placed in the public space of Vilnius.

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