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Hauser & Wirth opens exhibition of new works by Jakub Julian Ziolkowski
Jakub Julian Ziolkowski, Maya (Illusion), 2016. Oil on canvas, 230 x 340 cm / 90 1/2 x 133 in. © Jakub Julian Ziolkowski. Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth.

LONDON.- Hauser & Wirth London is presenting Jakub Julian Ziolkowski’s exhibition, ‘Ian Moon’. Ziolkowski conjures an imaginary universe in which phantasmagoric imagery appears across diverse media including ceramics, sculptural reliefs and works on canvas. Individually compelling, when seen together, his works create a transgressive mindscape, bristling with narrative and detail. The current series of works, presented for the first time, has been made following a recent phase of intense creative experimentation during an eight-month period while the artist was living in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Throughout the exhibition Ziolkowski uses hallucinatory imagery drawn from his own acute emotional experiences. Ziolkowski describes having undergone a personal and creative transformation in recent times and the exhibition reflects his highly individualistic approach to this subject matter. His is a world in which recurrent themes – of flames, entrails and skulls – combine in a cacophony of forms, the source of which is the artist’s own imagination. Viewers are invited to enter an emotional realm in which obsessions and desires, fears and doubts, and passions and anxieties all collide.

This exhibition is centred around several intertwined themes and narratives including both the redemptive and the destructive power of human relationships, and the potential of spiritual rebirth grounded in primal experiences. Visceral motifs including eyeballs and limbs are interwoven in highly intricate, repetitive configurations. The imagery reveals the artist’s ongoing fascination in presenting the body through its component parts and, by doing so, referencing transcendental states of being. ‘Mindscape’ (2017) is obsessive in its level of detail and the artist adds further skeins of white paint across the surface of the canvas as if the painting itself is capable of delivering an electrical charge.

Throughout his oeuvre, Ziolkowski repeatedly returns to the self-portrait in a myriad of permutations. In several of the works on display his own image is fused with a prominent figure: the persona of Ian Moon, who also gives the exhibition its title. For Ziolkowski, Ian Moon represents a new personality which overlaps with his own. This sculpture of a male form with a raised, pointed finger is suggestive of a state of enlightenment. The surface of the figure is alive with details, such as flames and faces, while the forehead has been adorned with gold paint in the space where a third eye might appear.

Ziolkowski is highly eclectic in his choice of media and a new suite of works entitled, Sick of Love, sees the artist experimenting with ceramics for the first time. A series of vessels are painted entirely, inside and out, with symbolic imagery of figures reacting physically to the emotional angst that accompanies failed relationships. In this way Ziolkowski transforms these objects into metaphoric receptacles for a cathartic purge; he inextricably links shamanistic and visceral themes as a means of salvation or cure. The imagery also makes an appearance in further works on canvas which are as rich in detail and beguiling as they are grotesque.

Another series of works, which has its origins in the artist’s own personal narrative, presents the counterpoint to this bleak view by celebrating the redemptive potential of a new union. Several of these works on canvas, such as ‘Revival’ (2017), share a fiery palette of reds and oranges and depict an arched, burning gateway. Here the symbolism shifts, implying a rebirth rather than an emotional apocalypse.

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