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Razzle & Dazzle

17-05-2014 Mister Motley

Today Polish artists Maurycy Gomulicki and Rafał Dominik will unveil the illusory modification of the WM Gallery space. Gomulicki & Dominik have taken it upon themselves to regard the space itself as the subject, and will present the gallery as a piece in and of itself. Although their spatial intervention will not require actual physical modification, they aim to dazzle the audience with colourful optical illusion.

In a former life the gallery space used to be a living room and, despite the multitudes of exhibitions it has hosted, it has always retained that faint echo of domesticity. In an attempt at aural reconfiguration, perhaps akin to exorcism, Anthropologists in Art have asked Gomulicki & Dominik to radically change the spatial feeling of the gallery following the blueprint of the optical art of the mid 1970’s.

For both artists could be called Turbo-Colourists, and their weapon of choice is, indeed, colour, colour and even more colour. Hence, although references abound – to the Razzle Dazzle ships of the First World War, to Henryk Berlewi’s Mechano-Faktura, to the Op-Art from the mid-1960’s, such as Bridget Riley, Victor Vasarely, Jesús Rafael Soto, Julian Stańczak or Richard Anuszkiewicz – Gomulicki & Dominik are primarily concerned with visual effectiveness, blurring the lines between high and low art.

Confronted with the fact that these types of spatial interventions and murals are usually reserved for large museum spaces or architectonic structures, their goal is to show that with minimal materials one can transform a modest space with the greatest possible effect.

From May 17th through July 6th
WM Gallery
5-7 p.m.

For more details go to the website of AiArt

R Dominik & M Gomulicki, Razzle Dazzle
R Dominik & M Gomulicki, Razzle Dazzle

R Dominik & M Gomulicki, Razzle Dazzle
R Dominik & M Gomulicki, Razzle Dazzle

R Dominik & M Gomulicki, Razzle Dazzle
R Dominik & M Gomulicki, Razzle Dazzle

Rafal Dominik, Crystal
Rafal Dominik, Crystal

Maurycy Gomulicki, Tricolor Solid
Maurycy Gomulicki, Tricolor Solid

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