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The premiere of Reliefs, a trilingual version of an album of works by Dobiesław Gał.
ALBUM | PREMIERING 9 September at 6 p.m. at Villa Decius

I know that Gała does not leave the doors to the worlds he creates wide open. At most, he leaves them ajar and allows me to look inside them through a narrow gap of suggestions, hints, glimpses, and the concoction of insights, hunches and guesses. Effectively deprived by Gała of certainty as to what it is that I am looking at, painstakingly but willingly, I extract from my imagination unfinished, fragmentary, and defective substitutes for understanding. Indeed, the works of this Artist are natural catalysts of imagination which, like the Large Hadron Collider at the CERN European Laboratory for Particle Physics near Geneva, accelerate my imagination to inconceivable speeds and make its particles collide with one another, causing a powerful explosion of fascination.
Prof. dr hab. Andrzej Bednarczyk, Rector of the Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków,
excerpt from the introduction to Reliefs by Dobiesław Gała

On 9 September at 6 p.m., Villa Decius will host the premiere of Reliefs, a trilingual version of an album of works by Dobiesław Gała as part of the Villa Decius Institute for Culture's series of publications. A vernissage will accompany the event presenting selected works by Dobiesław Gała combined with a presentation of the album.

Dobiesław Gała’s Reliefs constitute a summary of his drawing and sculpture achievements. His works represent a new vista in Polish art. As an artist with solid skills, he builds an artistic identity based on ingeniously depicted structures deformed by time. He uses no imitations or borrowings. His forms are completely new. He brings them out for us to view using simple tools: graphite, coal, and an admixture of colours. He adds depth to the seemingly monochromatic structures. With his colour, they project their powerful energy. The longer we look at them, the more we feel the reason for not being indifferent to any of his works. Mostly, his creations form complementary cycles.

It is not without reason that Dobiesław Gała chose Villa Decius, a 500-year-old place, as the venue for the presentation of his work. The space of the historic palace inspires reflections on transience, history and the role of art. It encourages us to engage in a dialogue with the understanding of the concept of time and heritage.

Locating contemporary art, especially non-figurative art, in historic but commercially used buildings poses a challenge for artists and curators. Villa Decius, with its décor reminiscent of late nineteenth-century trends, is an inspiring space that simultaneously imposes a number of constraints. It makes room for creative work but does it on its own terms. That is why Artists who present their work here must appreciate the value of this place while remaining sufficiently open to becoming one with its history of reinterpretation against the background of its cultural heritage It is no coincidence that we offer the public an overview of the works of an Author who sees time and the changes caused by the passage of time as a leading factor in his works. The matter embedded in the work changes and evolves not only through the direct intervention of the Artist but also through the use of active substances, chemical processes and, obviously, the passage of time. The Author is not only “open to change” but also induces change through his original technique. The works completed by the Author, especially the series created in recent years and presented in this publication and the rooms of Villa Decius, have a life of their own, changing their structure and appearance over time, says Dominika Kasprowicz, Director of the Villa Decius Institute for Culture.

The publication of Reliefs will be accompanied by a presentation of selected works by Dobiesław Gała at Villa Decius and artistic workshops led by the Artist. Workshop participants will learn about  drawing tools and techniques spanning the time from the life of Jost Decius until the 21st century.

Registration for workshops:

Dobiesław Gała’s works can be seen in Villa Decius from 9 to 30 September:
☑️ Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
☑️ Sundays: 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Dobiesław Gała (1975), sculptor, holder of a Doctorate in Fine Arts, Assistant Professor at the Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków, Deputy Dean at the Faculty of Sculpture of the Kraków Academy of Fine Arts and graduate of the Kraków Academy of Fine Arts. He received his diploma in the atelier of Professor Marian Konieczny in 2000. He was awarded a scholarship from the Academy of Fine Arts in Nuremberg, where he worked under the guidance of the famous Tim Scott, and a scholarship from the Minister of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland. He is a Laureate and Winner of the Grand Prix of the 10th Triennal of Polish Contemporary Drawing and many prestigious awards for artistic works. He has presented his works at more than 70 individual and collective exhibitions.
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