Storm. Empty Set (Paweł Błęcki, Wiktoria Bukowy, Maciej Stachowiak)

Art Agenda Nova
Batorego 2, Krakow
Mon.-Sun. 10:00–17:00
 Storm . Empty Set (Paweł Błęcki, Wiktoria Bukowy, Maciej Stachowiak)
Zbiór Pusty, Untitled 1, from the series Storm, 2013.
For Empty Set, nature is a privileged meeting place, a raw material and a model of joint actions. In the eyes of the viewer the photographs of desolate spaces – taken just before a storm during a mountain expedition – become the sites of an event that is yet to take place, and whose harbingers are there to be interpreted.

The roof of a cave or the tension of a rope on the river bank allude to forces analogous to the imminent atmospheric phenomenon. But the processes of geological stratification and organic deposits are part of times separate from sensual experience, and remain beyond the field of vision.

The coming storm, which will only occur with the flash of lightning, is a metaphor for the photographic act. Although the dynamic of the thunderbolt passes through the image, this act always stops the here and now, which immediately vanishes, and ultimately the image shows this absence. Empty Set’s photos therefore seem to question the possibility of using photography alone to portray the common experience and relationship with nature. However, in their joint action in the space of the exhibition, they manage to escape this paradox. By using objects of nature such as belemnites and dry branches arranged to form a shack, they create a space that is an authentic space for combining their individual energies.

The Zbiór Pusty / Empty Set group was founded in Poznań in 2013. The group is mostly interested in objects and installation. In May 2013 Empty Set’s first individual exhibition, Rezonans / Resonance took place at the Gallery Weekend in Poznań. Its members are:


Paweł Błęcki (born 1984, Gdańsk)
Graduate in intermedia from the University of Arts in Poznań and photography from the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdańsk. Recipient of an Erasmus scholarship to attend the photography faculty of FAMU, the Film and TV School of Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. Also studied cultural studies and archaeology at the University of Gdańsk.


Wiktoria Bukowy (born 1990, Poznań)
Student of intermedia at the University of Arts in Poznań. Selected exhibitions: Inclusions (Żelazowa Wola, 2013), Hotel Insomnia (Poznań, 2013), PackDesign (Mediolan, 2013), Space (Krakow, 2012).


Maciej Stachowiak (born 1986, Poznań)
Graduate in artistic education from the University of Arts in Poznań. Also studied philosophy at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. Selected exhibitions: Mum, I just really need to focus on my art right now! (Poznań, 2013),Projekt Łazarz / Project Lazarus (Poznań, 2012).


Curators: Gunia Nowik, Patrick Komorowski
Vernissage: 17.05, 5 PM
Exhibition open: 17.05-03.06
Art Agenda Nova, ul. Batorego 2

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