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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Art & Architecture: Decay / Matthias Haker

© Matthias Haker

These walls speak. People lived here. They cried and laughed here. And, there were feasts, balls, kisses, nightmares and sorrow there. Great stories and small, everyday moments buried under the weight of extinction, under the shadows of decay.

A sort of apocalyptic scent dances with the fallen leaves that gather into piles against the walls and between the winding staircases. Something both scary and attractive drives you towards a scenery in twilight, into the architecture’s agony.

But these are not ruins. Not just a bunch of stones proudly displayed in the middle of a square, surrounded by a mob of tourists, cameras in hand. Their erosion is not covered by the make-up of restorations, like an old lady still trying to be young, running from the inexorable passage of time.

These buildings aren’t dressed in vanity, but hide their secrets in shadows. But there is beauty to be found in their abandonment, an intimate beauty revealed by the German photographer Matthias Haker, who fights for the preservation of their slow-paced decay, capturing it in his photography and keeping the location of such architectural Venuses a secret.

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Art & Architecture: Patterns / Dariusz Klimczak

How do you dream architecture?

Dreams are set in uncertain surroundings. When we sleep, we imagine and become the architects of our own world, capable of creating, materializing, and inhabiting far from our consciousness and the desire for consciousness.

Oneiric Architecture is self-generated and self-destructive, leading us to project spatial sensations into our minds, created when reality has become obsolete. In the contortion of the daydream, Oneiric’s space is set in an illogical, strange underworld where infinity and absence, lights and shadows, patterns and paradoxes are the materials that shape of our quirky architecture.

This ‘random’ piece of construction, a creative and inventive spontaneity that comes from a naked view of ourselves, free from the social artifices of our environment, are expressed through photographic manipulation in the work Patterns, by the Polish photographer Dariusz Klimczak.

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