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Garden of Eden 

Garden of Eden features 24 colour still-life photographs, resembling the paintings of old masters, but showing our modern fruits and vegetables from supermarket, with label stickers or wrapped in plastic foil. This is why the titles of images consist of the PLU numbers and names of the countries of origin of the products in the photograph. The project was completed in 2011 and its creation was supported by the Ontario Arts Council grant. The exhibition of Garden of Eden is now on the world tour, visiting simultaneously several venues across Europe and North America. You may find the information about current shows in the News section of my website. (photo on the right: exhibition of Garden of Eden in Contemporary Arts Center in Las Vegas, NV, USA, 2011/ photo below: Garden of Eden at Backlight Festival, Finland, 2011)

The photographs were taken with my old good Sinar view camera, on 4x5 inches colour transparencies. I used tungsten lighting which allowed me to create the effects I needed. Unfortunately, nobody produces anymore the large format transparencies for tungsten light, but I had a small supply in my refrigerator. I did not intend to directly reproduce the old paintings. I wanted to capture the atmosphere of these works, the general feeling about them. My wife Anna helped me to build the sets. We were very careful with the choice of our props and of various other elements of composition. We painted our own backgrounds and in some cases I would build things especially for this project. (photo below: snapshot from my studio - making of Garden of Eden)


For the exhibition I framed these photographs in the frames which resemble these of the old masters' paintings. They look like gold, but in fact they are made of acrylic, which is in harmony with the content of the project. The prints are made from scans and they are archival pigment prints. They come in two sizes (22x28 inches and 16x20) in limited edition of 15 plus 3 AP. The exhibition is accompanied by a 64-pages catalogue, published jointly by the Museum fur Kunst und Kulturgeschichte (Dortmund, Germany), BWA Gallery in Gorzow Wielkopolski (Gorzow Wielkopolski, Poland) and Legnica Art Gallery (Legnica, Poland).



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