Deconstruction and reconnection, vertical and horizontal manipulation, a reshuffling of fragments: this exhibition is the result of months of artistic analysis, manifested in new contexts on a uniform plane in Radoslaw Liwen’s ‘Unidentified Flying Structure’ series.
This new reality is a continuation of Liwen’s logic: it channels both simplicity and complex form in a variety of formats. The work is primarily concerned with the flow of an immense amount of information (sometimes contradictory) and its interpretation. The possibility of combining paintings in a pattern suggests that anyone can pick up the same information and construct their own meaning from it, from constantly changing points of view.
As in previous works, the artist’s principal sources of inspiration are the places he glimpses accidentally during the journeys he takes, both on his everyday commute and travels overseas. The title of the exhibition refers to a ride Liwen took on the interurban train from New York City to Newark Airport only a few days before the first global lockdown in 2020. This trip was characterised by a mood of incredible anxiety and emptiness, juxtaposed against a flood of conflicting information. This juxtaposition continues to resonate today and is illustrated in Interurban Fantasy using Liwen’s unique sensitivity and artistic intuition.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Radoslaw Liwen was born in Poland where he grew up in the post soviet reality. After studying Fine Arts at UWM with faculty in stone lithography, he moved to New York City and then to Edinbrugh, where he currently lives and creates.
In 2015 Liwen presented a series of paintings “Eighteen by Fourteen” easily recognised by trademark style and imagery continued to this day: everyday objects and figures set against clear blue skies.
The clarity and minimalism of his works are intended to offer respite from the information overload of modern life, while hinting at the unknowable complexity that lies behind even the simplest of images.