January 20th – March 23rd, 2019
Opening, Sunday January 20th, from 4pm
For his second exhibition at the gallery, Piotr Dluzniewski presents a set of drawings and watercolors throughout different until now unseen series.
The world of this polish artist ranges from women as erotic figures and sources of sexual fantasies to a sensible perceived nature, consisting of cows, plants, landscapes and humans.
Piotr Dluzniewski commits himself in drawing both authoritarian and sensual feminine caracters. He offers throughout his artworks a vision of his spiritual theater in which erotic scenes, sadomasochistics farces and other fetishist fantasies occur. While, comparably to the manner of Tom of Finland and his homoerotic drawings, Piotr Dluzniewski exacerbates an eroticized vision of women, he also tries to emphasize the sensual and divine dimension that one can find in nature, especially in his favorite animal, the cow.. Indeed they constitute a part of his spiritual theatre as an antipode to agressive and disoriented human behavior.
If helvetii mountain landscapes and peaceful cow pastures seem at first sight quite distant from the various erotic interior scenes, one must consider the ironic dimension of Piotr´s art. While his artistic practice is to draw with sensitivity and sensuality, the elements of his works, like women and cows, are not representative of reality itself but of a human perception of reality.
In Piotr’s words, « to confront oneself with the friendly behavior of a cow might be close to a spiritual experience », that reminds us that in some cultures around the world, cows are considered as divine. Furthermore, in history this often coincided with societies – often with matriarchic structures, where mighty godesses were worshipped, often immaged in explicit erotic sculptures.
« .. What about the shoes ? Well, the complete pair is the one Cinderella didn’t choose.. »
Born in 1952 in Lodz (Poland), Piotr Dluzniewski lives and works in Köln (Germany).
He regularly shows his works in Germany, Switzerland and Austria.