Michał Smandek ‘The Sun extinguished’
Art laboratory 2016. The artist as a traveler
exhibition open till 01.05.2016
Michal Smandek’s exhibition opens a series of presentations touching issues related to the travels of contemporary artists and the use of events and objects encountered on the way as a matter of treir creative activities. The exhibition includes, among others, works from the series The Prognostic made during a trip to the Italian volcanoes. The project relates to the impact of the forces of nature to human activity, and vice versa – human interference in nature. In The Prognostic the artist anticipates disaster as a spectacular phenomenon, to which the man, despite the support of technology, remains powerless.
Michael Smandek (b. 1981 in Ruda Slaska) is a graduate of the Faculty of Arts at the University of Silesia. In his creative work he deals with the interrelation, correlation between human activity and nature, space modifications. Traveling , he looks for inaccessible areas in which he performs land art, hardly visible, processual acts, for which accepts the position of the researcher and observer. His work includes activities in the field of sculpture, installation and photography.