Tabularium- Jan de Weryha-Wysoczański

Jan de Weryha-Wysoczański "Tabularium"21 August 2009 - 25 September 2009, Gdańska Galeria Miejska 1/Gdańsk City Gallery 1 (ggm1)Curator: Grażyna Tomaszewska-SobkoOpening: 21 August 2009, 7 p.m.Closing: 25 September 2009, 7 p.m.

Jan de Weryha-Wysoczański was born in 1950 in Gdańsk. In 1976 he graduated from Faculty of Sculpture in the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdańsk. Since 1981 he lives and works in Hamburg, Germany. “Tabularium” is his first exhibition in his hometown since his departure.The exhibition titled "Tabularium" consists of a few large-scale wooden objects. The artist says that he chose wood as a material for a reason. - It is made by Nature and somehow after its death it becomes alive again- he explaines.Jan de Weryha-Wysoczański brings wood back to life in a specific way. He shapes, divides and arranges it with extreme care and caution to preserve structure and material characteristics. He concentrates on the nature of wood and doesn't let any narration in. Artist's geometrical objects are usually classified as minimal art. But is it correct? The objects are not soulless, abstract forms that only play with space, scale and mutual tension. Wysoczański's objects are geometrically arranged, but they also have wild nature forms, smell and uniqueness of each element.What characterises Artist's work the most is that he uses the material, that is brought to him by Nature itself. The Nature breaks the trees, pulls them out with their roots and allows them to live in a new form.More about Jan de Weryha-Wysoczański can be found on his website: by: Grażyna Tomaszewska, Marek Frankowski.