Polish(ed) Reflections in Museum Jerke

The Crystals open a new dimension

Museum Jerke

19.20 – 09.12 , 2018,

Johaness – Janssen – Straße 7

45657 Recklinghausen, Germany

At the Festival of Light in Recklinghausen, which will take place from October 19 to November 4, 2018, Oskar Zieta together with the Museum Jerke will create a joint exhibition in the museum’s spaces. The light accompanies us every day, it determines how we understand our surroundings and the shadow underlines the form. Using the bionic shapes of the polished surfaces of objects, it will be refracted and reflected to create light-painted staging among museum objects.

Crystals is a formation of mirrored objects combining geometric forms and smooth shape transitions. Polished surfaces curve the light, creating a stunning game of reflections and shadows.

The light accompanies us every day, decides how we understand our surroundings and emphasizes the form with shadow. Its reflection and distraction allows us to change the way we perceive reality. Inspired by light refracting diamonds, the Crystals installation focuses attention both on the form and the effect of light reflecting at different angles.

As part of the Festival of Light in Recklinghausen, lasting from 19 September to 4 November 2018, Oskar Zieta together with his design studio prepared an exhibition in the space of Jerke Museum, joining this way the noble group of artists presented there, such as Władysław Strzemiński, Katarzyna Kobro and Wojciech Fangor. On this occasion, Oskar Zieta prepared a special artistic installation based on crystallic forms.

The premiere of Crystals took place during Warsaw Home 2018. Oskar Zieta presented there for the first time a new and surprising formation of geometric wall objects. Since then, the project has evolved and transformed into sophisticated, multi-element artistic installation, resembling the characteristic shape of Jerke Museum. The mirror surface of the objects was used for diffracting and reflecting light to create light-painted story among the museum objects.

The forms of Crystals refer to more than the shape of the museum building. There is a unique stained glass-work in the spaces of Jerke Museum, embedded into surroundings. It was created by Wojciech Fangor, a distinguished Polish artist who uses optical illusions, spatial illusion and abstraction in his works. He experimented with strong forms, light, image and colors, as well as after-image effect


Wojciech Fangor ; from Colour-Light-Space show

Curved and polished surfaces of Crystals installation give incredible possibilities for playing with the light. Using the color palette of Fangor’s stained glass on Crystals surface, it was possible to create a tribute to his work.

Mirrored surfaces of Crystals act as a kaleidoscope that curves reality on the internal parts of the installation. One of the ends was directed at stained glass by Fangor to create a colorful optical illusion for people looking inwards.

Wojciech Fangor : Orange rhomb

The creation of elements in a technology of inflating metal, called FiDU, made it possible to obtain characteristic indentations along the edges, giving visually interesting effects of light reflection. The way metal reflects light create color transitions that resembles gradient. This refers to the latest collections of Oskar Zieta, such as The Heat and The Gradient.

The use of light for arranging the exhibition creates a whole new dimension of experience. It affects the perception of reality and environment by changing due the point of observation, time of day and new, and even time of year.

It affects the perception of reality and the environment, changing depending on the observation point, the times of the day and even the year.