Outside Inside (Relief nr 4, acrylic, blue)

Michał Budny

Outside Inside (Relief nr 4, acrylic, blue), 2021

Despite Budny’s sculptures’ undeniable physicality, the artist’s relation to spatial objects is marked by a profound sense of ambiguity, where the meaning and “purpose” of an object are determined by the nature and potential of its interaction(s) with its surrounding. Making the language of elementary geometric shapes and reduced color pallet the point of departure of his work, Budny’s practice is a negotiation between the spatial, physical, and the emotional, pointing to a complex web of inter-dependencies concerning spatial relations and perception.

Reminiscent of a spatial drawing Outside Inside (Relief nr 4, acrylic, blue), 2021, is inspired by Budny’s circular-based works, materializing through its concave shape a sense of interiority of an otherwise bidimensional surface. Disturbing by this subtle gesture our understanding of space, the work questions the role of vision as a primary cognitive tool and points to the role of multisensory experience, where the nature of an object is determined by the bodily relation to the objects, rather than by strictly visual means. The softness of the matt painted surface further enhances by its materiality the ambiguous relation between the piece and the body, creating an ongoing negotiation between the work’s physical and the conceptual layer. Composed from inexpensive, everyday materials, such as wood, fabric and paint, the sculpture echoes the artist’s older works made from cardboard, the aesthetic of which counters traditional understanding of art as a precious object, making it instead a space of projection, and an activator of movement and thought.

Michał Budny (1976) lives and works in Warsaw. His work has been part of exhibitions at Kunstmuseum Luzern, Switzerland; Stiftung Saarlandischer Kulturbesitz, Saarbrücken, Germany; PinchukArtCentre, Kiev; National Gallery, Vilnius; Neuer Kunstverein, Vienna; Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw; MOCAK Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow, Krakow, Poland; NAMOC National Art Museum of China, China; Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw; Kunsthalle Mainz, Germany; Manifesta 7: The European Biennial of Contemporary Art, Rovereto, Italy; Kunstverein Bielefeld, Bielefeld, Germany; Museum of Art, Łódź, Poland; Kunstverein Nürnberg, Nuremberg, Germany; Zachęta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw among other. Michał Budny’s work is part of the collection of Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw; Museum of Art, Łodz, Poland; Contemporary Museum Wroclaw, Poland; Kunsthaus Zurich; Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, Germany; FNAC (Fondation National d’Art Contemporain), Paris; Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz, Germany; Saarlandmuseum, Saarbrücken, Germany; Ege Kunst-und Kulturstiftung, Freiburg, Germany; Munich Re, Munich, Germany; Frederic de Goldschmidt Collection, Brussels, Belgium; Vehbi Koç Foundation, Istanbul, Turkey; Berezdivin Collection, San Juan, Puerto Rico among others.