Artist from Warsaw, Poland

Alek

Slon

Encompassing time „Seed - the border between life and death“

For the Polish section of the international and itinerant exhibition „Seed Project“, the artists Alek Slon and Magda Fokt draw upon the challenges of our times, where the unleashed forces of nature turn against humankind after decades of exploitation. Thus, in the framework of the exhibition project „Seed“, they

convey a poetic dimension to the theme of sustainable development, which aims at contributing to the ongoing societal debates on how to tackle the challenges for humankind and our natural surroundings alike. Theirs is not a position in the stricter sense of „political art“, but rather an abstracted view, taking into account mythology, history and psychology in order to lay bare the dynamics of our being in and confronting the world.
 

With his painting MODULOR USURPER, Alek Slon proposes a new reading of the ancient Greek myth of Polyphemus, the cyclops defeated by Odysseus, melting it with one of the most prominent symbols of modernist belief, Le Corbusier´s Modulor, which submits every development to the human dimension. Cyclops, bigger and more powerful than man, builder of walls and weapons, and endowed with a one-eyed vision, represent a metaphor for the ingenuous striving for power and wealth. In contemporary terms, it may translate into the uncontrollable forces of industrial and economic development of mankind. In the original myth the monster, day after day, devours Odysseus‘ companions, promising him to be eaten last. Nowadays, humankind has become subject to complex processes that are difficult to control. Modernism with its belief

of everlasting progress and growth has proven to have created inequalities, environmental degradation and climate change, resulting in fostering military, industrial or social violence - a multifaceted contemporary Polyphemus, so to say. Alek Slon´s work invites us to reflect on these parallels of the ancient myth and our times. While Odysseus succeeds in defeating Polyphemus by using his genius and creativity to escape the trap, we are left to wonder whether we will be able to take similar actions to turn our destiny around.

 

Bio / CV

 

He graduated from the Faculty of Painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome and philosophy at the University of Warsaw. The main fields of his activity are painting and drawing, he also creates multimedia installations, animations and videos. The subject of his interests is the subconsciousness that manifests itself through dreams and memories. Finding their visual representations, he reaches out to personal myths that are at the same time inseparable from the collective imagination.

 

Born in 1975. Visual artist and curator based in Warsaw, Poland.

2005-2010 Studies of fine arts at the Accademia di Belle Arti, Rome (ITA), diploma in 2010

1995-2000 Philosophy studies at the University of Warsaw (PL), diploma in 2000

www.alekslon.com

 

Solo Exhibitions (selected)

2021

Transmutatio–GoldenmarkKielce (PL)

2020

PabellónCuba–BacalarteGallery –Warsaw(PL)

2019

Imaginaciones–Na TehelnejGallery –Zwolen(SVK)

2017

ObsesiónCubanaEl Viaje–JNJ Information Center –Warsaw(PL)

Landscapes.-Apteka Sztuki –Warsaw(PL)

2016

Dreams–TA3 Gallery –Warsaw(PL)

Vagabondando–MasovianCulturalInstitute–Warsaw(PL)

2015

Atlantide–LAZIENKOWSKA Gallery -Warsaw(PL)

WhyNot? -Apteka Sztuki –Warsaw(PL)

Art on Vacation-Das Esszimmer–Bonn (DE)

Balloons–Gazeta Wyborcza headquarter–Warsaw(PL)

4 Rooms-Art Radzikowscy Gallery –Brodnica (PL)

Group Exhibitions (selected)

2021

Universum/Uniwersam–Elektrownia Powiśle –Warsaw(PL)

2020

Lōtophágoi–MasovianCulturalInstitute–Warsaw(PL)

2018

Black on White –MonumentalGallery –Lisbon(PT)

2017

Visions–RegionalMuseum–Krasnystaw (PL)

2015

Arte–JakšićHouse –Krcedin(XS)

Art Fairs (selected)

2021

LuccaArt Fair Italy

2020

Art Market Budapest

2018

Art Market Budapest

2017

Art Market Budapest

2016

POSITIONS Berlin

Art Market Budapest

 

Awards

2017

Mural Aeropuerto–Casa-MuseoBofill-Atanes–primerpremio -Santo Domingo (CU) 

2013

Statid’AnimoItaliani-International Art Contestand Exhibition-ItalianCulturalInstitute-3th award-Warsaw(PL)

2009

Arte-di-su-International Art Contestand Exhibition-La SapienzaUniversity -honorablemention–Rome (IT)