The material Michał Budny uses in his art is everyday packaging material. He translates consumer goods, natural shapes, or immaterial personal memories into paper and cardboard. Objects like maps, cell phones, books, or CD players are cut out of plain cardboard, folded, and glued in the same painstaking way as cacti or the fantasy of a make-believe castle. Using minimalist aesthetics the artist creates an alternative world in paper that cuts straight through everyday life and lets us a glimpse into the poetic and existential. Michał Budny’s objects are “models for mental use,” catalysts for generating a complex view of what immediately surrounds us.
The exhibition ‘Winter’ features several sculptures made of painted cardboard, which are meant to be exhibited separately on small, plain tables and pedestals. The sculptures will have more expressive details than the ones so far, including the fact that they will reveal their structure. The works are aimed at deconstructing a particular point of view, rather than presenting formal sophistication.
Budny’s 'black' sculptures are a series of 'drunk' still lifes - the sculptures depict household items and compositions made from them, seen either 'drunk' or in darkness while trespassing in a dark apartment and objects merge into a single abstract shape, a new organism, a form devoid of function.
“Winter – the state of a psychic freeze-up. One is closed to the things 'outside'. Sculptural illusions – an attempt at visualizing a 'flat' view in actual space - a view which can result from a momentary deception, short sight or sight distortion. Still lifes, views, arrangements of objects – seen as spots, changes in proportion and scale of various objects – the economy of the everyday overturned. One's faith in error, and the search for the confirmation of the fact that an error is not a failure but a completely new kind of space which could also be inhabited.“ Michał Budny, 2008