Lukasz Jastrubczak's exhibition titled „Mirage” is a multithreaded journey to the Amazon jungle and deserts of the southwestern United States. It is a journey through the history of perspective and the films of Alfred Hitchcock. The American dream and South American myth meet on several timelines, mingle with the European pre-war avant-garde and the now completely unfashionable postmodernism.
Lukasz Jastrubczak is searching for the fourth dimension. He is interested in speed, geometric figures and the history of Mount Paramount. He reflects on the phenomenon of déjà vu. He takes up a reflection on the phenomenon of déjà vu.
He draws on Władysław Strzemiński's post-war theory of vision. He uses the rather worn-out language of conceptualism and art of the first half of the 20th century to tell stories not yet told in this language. At the same time, he tries to rehabilitate this language, fills the cracks and preserves the modernist utopia.
Lukasz Jastrubczak's works are not devoid of irony, and the game of conventions is not played with a silent room. Utopias go awry, and the modernist myth does not bear its own weight. The state of focus of Lukasz Jastrubczak's art also seems precarious. The objects are often almost ephemeral - like his psychokinetic sculptures (the artist can bend an aluminum spoon by force of will), which can only be seen in a photograph. Sometimes, however, as in the case of the work Sleeping Cowboy (a sculpture that made a trip to America and was shipped back to Poland the same day), they are made of an overly hard material - concrete.
The juxtaposition of the works in the exhibition does not have a clear key (although the key is there, but less obliging), the audience is free to make connections between the works and even add their own experiences and reflections to the interpretation.
The Mirage exhibition summarizes the themes that the artist took up during the realization of last year's exhibition at the Sabot Gallery in Cluj-Napoca, in the project Tarnów. 1000 Years of Modernity and during a residency in the United States at Headlands Centre for the Arts.