Interviews | February 20, 2024 |

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Image courtesy of Dobieslaw Gala

Interview: Dobieslaw Gala
Luca Curci
talks with Dobieslaw Gala during Mixing Identities the first appointment of the SENSES ART FAIR 2023, held in ITSLIQUID Art Space – Monti.

Dobieslaw Gala – sculptor, PhD, assistant professor at the Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts in Cracow, associate dean of the Faculty of Sculpture. He was born in 1975 in Ostrowiec Swietokrzyski. He graduated from the Faculty of Sculpture at the Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts in Cracow. He was a scholarship holder at the Academy of Fine Arts in Nuremberg, where he worked under the tutelage of the famous British sculptor Tim Scott. He was also a scholarship recipient of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Poland. He received his diploma in 2000 in the studio of Professor Marian Konieczny. He is the winner of the Grand Prix of the 10th Triennial of Polish Contemporary Drawing and many prestigious awards for artistic work. He has presented his works at more than 90 individual and group exhibitions.

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Luca Curci – What’s your background? What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?
Dobieslaw Gala – The inspiration to make the relief compositions is some experience, trying to show a fleetingness in our memory and looking for a metaphysical space. My artwork shows the process of mashing every act of presents, incidents and material and spiritual actions. Series of works are an attempt to illustrate the most inaccessible places on the earth, where mysterious phenomena the consequences of which are the changes in mattery structure. The toxic activity of humans, who do experiments in distant places on the Earth results in different deformation of nature is also my inspiration. Artworks have also metaphysical dimensions – they are about a human like a metaphysical creature, which leaves in awareness a permanent extrasensory trace. This trace is some kind of structure deformation in space, coexistence in time, influencing the future. During that time the trace disappears and becomes a memory of it. Every biography becomes an element of history. The projects are creating a space of what passes away stopping the viewer in suspension between the future, present and the past. The compositions are the hybrids of a drawing, sculpture and painting on boards or structure papers. The final, multidimensional effects are created by chemical and thermal treatments.

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LC – Which subject are you working on? Is there an unrealised or unrealisable project, even a crazy one, that you would like to work on?
DG – I’m working on cycles connected with metaphysics, the time and the cosmos. In the future, I would like to transform the relief structures to spatial forms.

LC – What are the three hashtags essential to define your poetics that you could not give up?
DG – #Traces of events #time #microcosm #macrocosm

LC – Where do you find your inspiration?
DG –
The inspirations are almost everywhere around us, in tree structures, among the grass, of course in scientific texts, in a book. During the walk, you can find a lot of interesting structures, but generally, I take inspiration from every kind of phenomena occurring in space. The new technology helps to make research and document this amazing event by the James Webb telescope or electron microscopes.

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LC – We were attracted by your last artistic production, has the artwork presented been created for the exhibition or as a part of preexisting works?
DG – At an exhibition in Rome which was organized by You I presented three compositions. One of them was made especially on this exposure.

LC – Do you agree with our vision of art and what do you think about the theme of the exhibition?
DG – A lot of exhibition topics, and proposals for artists from various areas of art or design. Very interesting areas in the most popular cities of Europe are in my opinion a good direction and an art vision. I think, that it could be an inspiration for artists, viewers and art collectors and for organizers too.

LC – What do you think about the organization of our event?
DG –
An exhibition in which I took part called MIXING IDENTITIES was organized in many terms of interesting exposure. Art works of the artists contrasted with each other and gave diverse effects. Of course, the most important for the artist is the number of people who came to see the exhibition and it was a lot of people there.

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LC – Would you suggest a collaboration with ITSLIQUID Group? What do you think about our services?
DG –
Of course, there are plans for individual exhibitions. Is very likely that it will happen in 2024.

LC – What are your suggestions about our services? Is there something more we can provide to artists?
DG –
One of my artworks was heavy. and it was a problem with the installation. I suggest preparing a gallery for such eventualities.

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