A Fusion of Eros and Destructive Instincts: Artwork by Pawel Przewlocki

Curated by Lilly Ball


Both series, ACRYLIC ON PANEL and PROLETARIAT ARROGANCE were the result of using an architectural program in a very simple, geometric way. “Sketching,” purely in the digital, I would create, render, pull, and stretch simple shapes and experiment with colors until I felt happy with the composition.

“A CONDITION” from ACRYLIC ON WOOD, (2013). Acrylic on panel. 12X12 in. Courtesy the artist.

COLOR STUDY_Acrylic on panel_24X24 in_2014“COLOR STUDY” from PROLETARIAT ARROGANCE, (2014). Acrylic on panel. 24X24 in. Courtesy the artist.

Using the digital sketch as a reference I would project, or print & trace, the design onto a panel. At this point it becomes a very mechanical process: looking at the colors on the computer, manually mixing and matching the paint (a multitude of tests and swatches) and painting in each section which ultimately creates the subjects. Lots of Martha Stewart tape. After each color is applied, peeling of the tape is my little reward. This is all very laborious, monotonous, and secretly masochistic.

CARBON BLACK STUDY _Acrylic on panel_24X16 in_2014“CARBON BLACK STUDY” from PROLETARIAT ARROGANCE, (2014).  Acrylic on panel. 24X16 in. Courtesy the artist.

LONELIER THAN HEAVEN IN 2027_Acrylic on panel_36X26 in_2014“LONELIER THAN HEAVEN IN 2027” from PROLETARIAT ARROGANCE, (2014).  Acrylic on panel. 36X36 in. Courtesy the artist.

SENA_Acrylic on panel_26X26 in_2014“SENA” from PROLETARIAT ARROGANCE, (2014).  Acrylic on panel. 26X26 in. Courtesy the artist.

I get ideas when I walk, drive, or go out at night. I often take pics with my phone if I see an interesting shape or combination of light somewhere. I look at windows, tables, living rooms—how the furniture is arranged—and I’m really attracted to staircases. I made a few paintings of transparent staircases that just sit there, leading nowhere. I love exploring the idea of an artist who has a false sense of achievement.

BOOTY PRSIM_Acrylic on panel_12X12“BOOTY PRISM” from ACRYLIC ON WOOD.  Acrylic on panel. 12X12 in. Courtesy the artist.

BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS_Acylic on panel_12X12_2014“BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS” from ACRYLIC ON WOOD, (2014).  Acrylic on panel. 12X12 in. Courtesy the artist.

The most inspiring things for me are empty wood panels ready to be primed with sweet & sour colors and all the music on Spotify. I paint for up to 14 hours sometimes and I rely on tons of music; from classical to French Electro (MR OIZO is my hero). In fact, if the sonic qualities of an electro song freak me out, sometimes I will try to come up with what I think would be a cool album cover or graphic for that song. I named one of my pieces after MR OIZO, an homage if you will.

HOMAGE TO MR OIZO_Acrylic on panel_12X12 in_2013“HOMAGE TO MR OIZO” from ACRYLIC ON WOOD, (2013).  Acrylic on panel. 12X12 in. Courtesy the artist.

I want my paintings to appear almost too simple at first glance, then slowly, invite the viewer to scrutinize every angle, edge, and color. I want people to think about what these things mean without attaching too many words onto it. In my ACRYLIC ON PANEL works, some of the pieces are inherently contradictory in subject and color-shape. Figures that are clearly trapped, stuck, cut, injured or doing something sordid and questionable, are decorated in vibrant colors and closer to children’s toys rather than referencing human anatomy, although, the rectangular penises could argue against it.

THE SQUEALING PIG_Acrylic on panel_12X12 in_2014“THE SQUEALING PIG” from ACRYLIC ON WOOD, (2014).  Acrylic on panel. 12X12 in. Courtesy the artist.

TROUBLE IN PARADISE (The French Alps)_Acrylic on panel_24X30 in_2013“TROUBLE IN PARADISE (The French Alps)” from ACRYLIC ON WOOD, (2013).  Acrylic on panel. 24X30 in. Courtesy the artist.

I love contradiction and dark humor. Things that can be black and white at the same time. To experience day and night at once. To able to listen to abrasive electronic music that is atonal, off-rhythm in the way one would listen to Chopin or Mozart. This is the kind of antagonistic harmony that I hope to convey in my work.


Words by Pawel Przewlocki

Pawel Przewlocki was born in Krasnik, Poland in 1984. He currently attends Tufts University, where he is expected to receive his BFA in May 2015. He previously attended the Studio Diploma Program at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston from 2010 to 2014. He has also studied painting and sculpture at the Cyprus College of Art and Metáfora Tallers d’Art Contemporani in Barcelona. Przewlocki has been featured in such recent group exhibitions as out of bounds at Maddocks Gallery, the Rockport Art Association, Massachusetts; Phantomaton at the Nave Gallery Annex, Somerville Massachusetts; and Tenfold at OGO Gallery, Boston. In 2012, Przewlocki received the Faculty Painting Award from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. The artist currently lives and works in Boston. You can view more of his work at www.secretparty.4ormat.com and follow him on Facebook.


Lilly Ball joined FORTH Magazine as Art Director/Brand Manager in the Fall of 2014. She is interested in writing, people, and the forest. lilly@forthmagazine.com.

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