Stefan Szczygieł

Centre for Contemporary Art - U-jazdowski Castle

Using high-resolution digital technology, Polish photographer and multimedia artist Stefan Szczygieł produces highly magnified images of single objects such as clocks, books, lighters, buttons, coins, and brooches in sharp definition. He ventures into the underworld of these old, disappearing items, revealing their lasting beauty.

Curated by Marek Grygiel, this well-designed show at the Centrum Sztuki Wspólczesnej—Zamek Ujazdowski (Center for Contemporary Art—Ujazdowski Castle), “Powię kszenia” (Blow Ups), presented twenty-four of Szczygieł’s large-scale photographs from the ongoing series “Przedmioty o wysokiej rozdzielczości” (High Resolution Objects), 2004–. In some instances magnified two hundred times without losing any clarity, the objects become hyperreal. Shot against gray backgrounds, they seem to float on the surface of the matte paper, right in the center, as if suspended in a

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