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The dual emotions of aloneness and melancholy seem to be a relevant concept when grasping the minimalist abstracts of Jurek Wajdowiczs pictures. To say photographs at once defies the visual impact that is experienced when first viewing one of his oversized artworks that blend his subject matter into the intimate and then strips it of any mundaneness. Indeed his pictures are at most times hard pressed to be labeled photography as the viewer walks away with something intimate, sad, melancholic and surprisingly ethereal while striving to believe he has actually viewed a photograph and not a painting. Wajdowiczs limited palette conveys an emotional darkness in the lightest of his artworks while the darker subject matter is paired both with beauty and a brightness of hope, each claiming an enigma. Rarely are human forms present in this collection, yet you immediately sense the emotional yet self-contained impact of this artist letting you into his world. Wajdowicz appears simultaneously present and yet completely silent, removed and waiting.The beauty of Wajdowiczs seemingly silent images manage to both haunt and perversely soothe. In an era when artists regularly use computer adjustments Wajdowiczs work is captured and contained solely through his lens.
There is an undeniable technical photographical expertise that becomes secondary as the viewer loses the sense of viewing photography and is washed in the context of art alone. The book initially opens with a light minimal expanse of the silent ethereal in both tone and palette while the artists selection ends with a sense of desolation that manages to exude a hopefulness within the darkness.
A haunting ethereal calm that collides with a somber brooding joy. --Jennifer Sterling
Fred Ritchin in his introduction writes
Seeing and looking are hardly the same. The riches reside as well in the parallel universes, those which conventional photography, quoting from appearance, hardly seem to take into account. In the hints of shape in Wajdowiczs own images, in his embrace of negative space, appearance manages to conceal itself, implying the gaps of the forever in-between. The engaged viewer can then infer ways to re-imagine, while Jureks lens argues for a less traveled space. It is no wonder that his imagery reads like jazz
A luminous form in space...hovering between a photograph and a painting. I want my work to float between representation and abstraction...perceived and imagined... an emotional freedom to the viewer. A suggestion rather than a description. Im concerned with the issues of space...light...tone. And unpredictability.
Ambiguity...so critical to my work has a transcending effect of making the mundane beautiful...which in turn (hopefully) makes you wonder what you are looking at and why. I am probably most satisfied by my images when I can hear the music in them and the longer I manage to suspend this tension of not being able to resolve what youre looking at the more successful my work feels.
Jurek Wajdowiczs design and art photography work resides in the permanent collections of the U.S. Library of Congress (Washington, DC), the National September 11 Memorial & Museum (New York), the United Nations Headquarters (Geneva and New York), the Warsaw Museum of Posters in Wilanow (Poland), the Musée des Arts Décoratifs (Paris), American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA), Lodz Museum of Modern Art (Poland) and Hamburgs Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, among others.
Art photographer and designer Jurek Wajdowicz is, together with Lisa LaRochelle, the principal of the award-winning Emerson, Wajdowicz Studios (EWS) located in New York. Jurek Wajdowicz is acknowledged as one of the leading graphic designers internationally and is known for his photojournalistic, creative approach to design. Recently, in the 50th Anniversary Survey of the Graphic Design: USA magazine, Wajdowicz was selected among the "Most Influential Graphic Designers of the Past 50 Years.
Jurek Wajdowicz "Liminal Spaces. Fotografie _75"
Lars Müller Publishers
Introduction by Fred Ritchin
Book Design and Forword by Jennifer Sterling
29,5 x 38,1 cm, 11½ x 15 in, 116 pages
75 illustrations, paperback (October 2013)
ISBN 978-3-03778-410-5, English, Polish
EUR 60.00 / USD 80.00 / GBP 50.00