HERE IS A MAN
"... The search for own identity and reflection at the mystery of humanity are a common motif in various artists works. In Łukasz Wodyński's case is similar, but fresh looks and technical interpretation combined with the expression is particularly noteworthy. The artist searching for analogies between physicality and spirituality at the same time is looking for his own original way to present this problem.
He represents in a interesting way a synthesis of his thoughts, universal for all of us ... "
the owner of the Cottonara gallery, 2014
PAINTED BY EMOTION
"Art without emotions is only a dry copying of reality. Passionless and empty imitation, which does not reveal a specific author's hand. Through the arts artists want to express them selfs, show they feelings whether in the form of individual lines, the intensity of staining or content presented concrete...
...Ambivalent feelings have certainly person looking forward to the work of Łukasz Wodyński, who moves the humane existance, describing in the expressive way lonely, naked figures frozen in poses that suggests despair consuming them ("MONUMENTS, "HUMAN LIGHT", "Machinations of Dementia"). By running some processes associated with physicality shown people are frightful, even despite some of them - especially the "EXZISTANCES" faces does not express the pain - on the contrary - they seem to smile. However the characters look like someone stripped them from the skin and thus clearly show the futility of existence and the impermanence matter over which the time is winning. Images inspire concern by the texture and colour. Realisticaly built fat tissue acts cover a variety of colours. Especially attracts attention glaring red colour, which against the bruised skin and dark background wraps dramatic form of naked bodies, bringing a clear association with the blood, just as the spiritual suffering of these individuals manifested in appearance.
The characters seem to roll the inner struggle between them physicality and psyche.
Painted bodies cause similar feelings of uncertainty and fear, but each fight is conducted in isolation. For example, naked man walking in an attitude of despair, his face buried in his hands (No. 2 "Machinations of Dementia", oil on canvas 140 x 70 cm, 2012), is associated with the despair of Adam from Masaccio fresco "Expulsion from Paradise" from the Brancacci Chapel in Florence..."
Barbara Szal - Porczyńska
art painter, 2013
( digital photographies series 2012)
"Touching Wodyński's work is the primary association representing the otherwise overwhelming painterly medium primary author. The author in his series of photograms calls for a reflection on the essence of a man so dehumanized today. Alienated, degraded and tarnished loveless. Burning your anxiety, so I just fear for what is not frozen scream symptom of fear and terror ...
Wodyński becomes the intermediary between the smile of a lost childhood dreams and terrifying message hidden in an outstanding work of Francisco Goya, entitled: "Saturn devouring his children." Since our audience is up, or creator's imagination make contact with our senses."
polish avant garde artist, theatrical and musical performer, 2012
DRAWING THEATER ACT III
"... I walked bravely into the Center Of Contemporary Art, to in the middle of it survive the intimate spectacle performed by four artists. In this case, no doubt Artists aware of media they have decided to use: lights, music, gesture, movement, coal and audience ...
... At the beginning I have been a little scared: too loud (not to say aggressive) melo-recital of Storyteller bit discouraged me. And it put me in a state of emotional arousal which didn't give me to leave until the end of the show. When the artists drew the space this very Dostoyevsky state even deepened me, because I'm a sensitive person.
So much for the theater, which main actor was the Narrator. The same who urged audience to read the line, who introduced the dynamics to the show. Movement, word and deed. In this emfazie it was evident reference to the medieval theater where "art was shown." I must admit that before I reached this convention I just ...was a bit embarrassed.
That shocking with a clear form clearly contrasted with the contents, which the draftsmans were involved. And they focused on a Man, at the conclusion of Man, which is an animal or even canis.... As we all remember that Pontius Pilate had comment "Ecce Homo" here where paraphrased to "Ecce canis" ...."
Obserwator toruński blogspot, 2011
"Exzistances is a series of paintings presenting the individual manner of existing of the man, the tragic quality of human existence, included in the dissonance between making aware oneself of the own finiteness and desire for the infinity.
Played figures at Łukasz images are experiencing their being in the tragic way. Their overfilled faces are anxiety and the pessimism, resulting most probably from losing and the solitude. Every of these forms was in a dead-end situation, limited by the own finiteness. Every chose other road of her existence and every got stuck in the blind alley, not being able to find neither the meaning nor the value. "
Ma Lena Wasielewska
performer, designer - portreyed, 2011
PAINTED WITH A FIERY HAND
"The world presented by Wodyński is not the visible one. His dramatic figures are illuminated by the nothingness of background as well as dark and vivid colours.
The artist destroys the physical clarity of his models by blood-red sweeping brush strokes and thus he annihilates their realistic meaning. The figures set in the centres of his canvases seem to elbow forward and proudly raise their heads or bottoms. They are however helpless in the face of their creator's destructive force. The dynamic movement and bold track of the brush turn the painting into a soft and viscid surface.
It is the testimony of the artist's impressions, deep restlessness and the process of discovering his own impulsive, untamed and individualistic nature.
Thus, it is justified to refer here to the "slaughtered Ox" " painting by Rembrandt van Rijn, perceived by the Dutch not only as a form of still life but also as an extraordinarily strong means of expression. Similar expressiveness is also present in Francs Bacon's works.
The proud and motionless silhouettes seem captured by a celluloid film frame. They are scratched, bitten, whipped and destroyed with colourful paint until they are altered into Magdalena Abakonowicz's "Torsos", merely made of red connevtive tissue and flesh.
The bold movements of the brush alter the living creatures - thus looking inside them resembles butchery.
Creating his works the artist indeed paints his own corporeal nature, as if Dorian Grey's portrait, in which blood and paint never dry. It is the turpentine of his body. It is the anatomy of frailty of work and life."
Art. Painter Prof. Andrzej Kałucki, PhD
Profewssor at Faculty of Fine Arts Universitas Nicolaus Copernicus in Toruń, 2010
"Wodyński focuses on the forms of both human body and that of a painting. Great many of his works look at art nude from an innovative perspective. On the realistic in its form drawing the artist usually puts thick streaks of paint in order to build a multilayered and thus prodigiously expressive image of a human. It seems that the artist is conveying the following message: this particular body expresses a particular and unique existence.
The omnipresent deformation brings various associations depending on the context. Many figures in his paintings may resemble dreamy spectres or allude to abstraction due to deformity. Nevertheless, most of the paintings can be placed in between expressionism and onirism as well as figurative and abstractionist art.
However, the great majority of Wodyński's works to date are closer to figurative and expressionist art. In his search for hidden analogies between physicality and spirituality, the artist presents his own fresh way of looking at the idea of art nude. In his works the subject, method of presenting it, as well as emotional charge are one. This integrity proves how powerful are the works of this young artist. "
Art. Painter Piotr Klugowski
Professor at Faculty of Fine Arts Universitas Nicolaus Copernicus in Toruń, 2010
"Human with all his semantic and cultural weight still In the postmodern era remains the mysterious object of fascination, inspiration and analysis.
?By my realizations I'm trying to polemicize with the processes which every living being undergoes. I'm interested in a horizontal arrangement contained on the axis of birth, duration and life , dying and defecation of human body. The time is fascinating me, and especially the body clocks with time. I want to take a closer look to these processes and their metaphysics. Every act is also the question about individual sexuality and self-consciousness of every unit. By building individual situations, people, gestures, forms, I try to dip myself into the mystery and the alchemy of the existence, into this parts of us what are mysterious and dark, rich and sublime, the material and timeless.
Human at the threshold of the twenty-first century becomes a MONUMENT for me, he is symbolic, not a reflection of reality, but the result of objective truth and my own observations. Embodies the fears and secrets of his time, he is a witness, and also the author, he is the cause.
I would like to penetrate into fat and muscle slices, to enter into their structure. Through the line density, stain, color, light and shadow, softness and aggressiveness to get inside - sacrum "
Łukasz Wodyński, 2010