Art & Architecture: Marcin Sacha / interview

The present art world is influenced by continued image-bombing. Where we, as mere spectators, are immersed. Anytime we go through the media searching for what is new or what has been done inside art, we realise that there are more and more flanks, fields and levels where art is continually developing itself.  Away from the closed circles of the art market system, the number of amateur artists that rise and take a spot in our visual culture increases every day.

Some of these artists are here just to reconsider the relationship between humanity and the world, emphasizing on the defamiliarization we daily go through with daily realities. These seem to evolve faster than our reasoning or our perception. From this point, Marcin Sacha, an amateur photographer from Tarnow, Poland, shows in his work as a strange world full of this black spots, or ‘gaps’, in the understanding process. Educated as a geophysicist, he turned to Photography in order to show us a world that can be both scarily dangerous and transcendentally beautiful. The process he goes through is to interact with defamiliarized architecture and materials – which he also uses to create graphic effects and illusions of space allow a whole picture to turn into a view of fantasy.

Marcin Sacha’s name might not ring a bell yet, but his breath-taking landscape photographs and his graphic creations are lately taking attention within the Internet web.

Personally, when in front of any picture of Marcin Sacha I feel caught by a sense of nostalgia – nostalgia for to return as the prodigal son; nostalgia for the return to this place we once called ‘ours’ and now it is nothing more than a stage in ruins.

He has taken part in both online and physical exhibitions. Here, he has been awarded several times with gold medals and honour mentions. However, his photographic style has not been consistent during the length of his career. Starting as a landscape photographer, he ended up close to graphic design, always following his theme of ‘creating the space’.

I see no better way to appraise his work than by making this short interview about his career.

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Comment parlent les villes?

Music and dancing with Li'l Pat, Peoria Street, 1971. Photo: James Newberry, Chicago History Museum

© James Newberry, Chicago History Museum

Comment parlent les villes ?

Il existe entre l’architecture et l’esthétique un lien inséparable de création et de reconstitution sans fin, de telle sorte que, finalement, le monde esthétique est aussi un paysage. Les formes de la ville, son tracé, la topographie de son sol, les bâtiments qui la composent, apparaissent socialement comme des facteursimportants, à tel point qu’ils sont capables de participer au processus créatif qui s’effectue dans l’art, la musique, la littérature, etc.

La plupart du temps, cette relation est assimilée de manière inconsciente, sur le mode d’une structure tant enracinée dans la ville et ses habitants qu’ils n’arrivent pas à la voir de façon détaillée. D’une part, nous ignorons comment de chaque tracé découle une forme de création particulière, donnée par la sensibilité et les inquiétudes que ces lignes éveillent. D’autre part, nous oublions la capacité de ces espaces matériels à s’introduire dans notre vie, entrelaçant passé et présent, révélant la vie à travers eux mêmes.

Pour cela, si l’on veut savoir comment et pourquoi l’on vit et l’on crée de telle manière, il est indispensable de faire parler les villes, leurs fragments, rues, objets, chaque recoin rempli d’expériences contenues dans les bâtiments, et bien sûr observer comment ces espaces conditionnent ces expériences : ce qui arrive, les identités et leurs significations.

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IFAC: a romance between art and architecture.

© Ana Asensio Rodríguez #IFAC2015

© Ana Asensio Rodríguez #IFAC2015

Article originally written in Spanish for ArchDaily en EspañolAna Asensio Rodríguez shares (now in Archdaily International) her experience at the 2015 edition of  IFAC, reflecting on the powerful intersection of art and architecture, and the collective nature of the event:  

Sometimes you get to meet people who fill you with energy and electricity — fleeting, intense crossroads full of shared views and beautiful ideas. Spontaneous connections, which however tiny, will remain with you for a very long time.

Sometimes, these crossroads are not between people, but between arts, crafts, talents and experiences. Among these intersections is the inevitable attraction between art and architecture: explosive collages, a romance drunk with imagination. And, on very few occasions these two types of crossroads occur at the same time. And in those moments you can only hope that it will happen again.

It’s called IFAC, the International Festival of Art and Construction. It is a 10-day long celebration that brings together more than 300 people from all over the world – creatively restless individuals, who meet somewhere in the European countryside. I felt immeasurably lucky to be one of those 300 people, and so I wanted to share how fascinating IFAC is from the inside.

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