Freckle/s by Jacek Kołodziejski – Photobook
The first individual photo book by Jacek Kołodziejski sums up the process of formal exploration that started ten years ago: “Ten years ago, I placed an order with the Division of Control and Robotics in Poznan – to cut a perfect square in a metal plate. I placed the square on the photographic paper and exposed it. I repeated that process one thousand times, exposing paper after paper. Each image served as a negative to the next. As a result of that experiment, I discovered the potential of the perfect figure and its organic shape”, says Kołodziejski.
This conceptual experiment initiated a formal exploration on the level of various media – painting, installation, sculpture – and became a leitmotif that comes back in artist’s various projects: represented by a figure-stain, figure-mole, figure-stigmat, or figure-freckle. It finally becomes an ironic commentary or a self-portrait of the artist. Everything is important: the design, scenography, clothes, colors, composition, decomposition, post-production. Red hair and freckles as obsessively recurring motifs are embedded in characteristic, idiosyncratic visual language that Kołodziejski had developed over the years.
Text by Wiktoria Michałkiewicz