Karol Szostak: Acrobats

ino longer exists

(2017, Handshake Europe Sculpture Park)

The monumental steel sculpture seems to be hiding amid the woods in a natural surrounding. The visitor will be part of an exciting visual-aesthetical experience, straight off. Realizes that this is neither a form of creeping plant, nor liana coming from above, but two human figures instead, creating a specific vertical (force) field. They seem to control the space around, like the depressing power of gravity wouldn’t affect them.

The acrobat standing on the plinth contacts the base only on two-three points and the extended bodies between the also elongated arms and legs become etheric, almost turn into weightlessness.

In this phase of motion, raised from the temporal passage, exfoliate a perfect equipoise of the upper and the lower figure. It’s like the force field transforms into spiritual power.

The filigree, fine-cut, dynamic composition becomes the symbol of vitality, self-transcendence human freedom.

Endre Sipos, Art-Philosopher

The artist

Karol Szostak

Karol Szostak was born in 1963 in Gdansk, Poland. Son of sculptor Michał Gąsienica Szostak (1936) from Zakopane. He graduated from the State Vocational High School of Fine Arts and then graduated from the Faculty of Sculpture in 1988 at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. From 1988 to 1989, he worked as a teaching assistant at that university. He has lived in Zakopane since 1990. In 2008, he received his doctorate from the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts. Since 2009 he has been a lecturer at the Nowy Sącz State Higher Vocational School. In 2014 he obtained a postdoctoral degree at the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdańsk, and from 2014 he was an associate professor at PWSZ. Three-time scholarship holder from the Ministry of Cultural and National Heritage. He has presented works in more than 40 solo exhibitions in Poland, the Netherlands, France, Germany, Finland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and the United States, and has participated in more than 40 group exhibitions.


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