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'The Well, the Windmill & the Lighthouse' by Filip Olszewski at Kimberly Klark, New York

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Filip Olszewski, The Windmill, 2019
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Filip Olszewski, Interior with Important Item, 2019
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Filip Olszewski, Exterior Sky with Trees, 2019
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Filip Olszewski, Interior with Frozen Curtain, 2019
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Filip Olszewski, Close-up of a Torn Note, 2019
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Filip Olszewski, Threshold to Sweep Plane Entrance, 2019
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Filip Olszewski, Interior with Crows Around Trauma, 2019
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Filip Olszewski, Staircase in Sweep Plane Foyer, 2019
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Filip Olszewski, Interior with Covered Objects, 2019
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Filip Olszewski, Exterior with Distant Woods, 2019
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Filip Olszewski, Interior Stairs to Third Level, 2019
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Filip Olszewski, Threshold to Deep Room with Message, 2019
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Filip Olszewski, Interior of Conclusion Room, 2019
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Filip Olszewski, Exterior with Trail in Snow, 2019
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Filip Olszewski, Closeup of Fragmented Poodle, 2019
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Filip Olszewski, The Well, 2019
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Filip Olszewski, Exterior with Flag, 2019
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Filip Olszewski, Theater Stage with Music Stands, 2019
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Filip Olszewski, Threshold to Proper Room, 2019
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Filip Olszewski, Dull Stage with Possible Clocks, 2019
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Filip Olszewski, Exterior Beach with Poodle, 2019
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Filip Olszewski, Interior with Fireflies, 2019
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Filip Olszewski, Closeup of a Book, 2019
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Filip Olszewski, Exterior with Natural Items, 2019
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Filip Olszewski, Untitled (Two Figures), 2019
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Filip Olszewski, The Lighthouse, 2019
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Filip Olszewski, Interior with Poodle Painting, 2019
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Filip Olszewski, Exterior with White Dress, 2019
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Filip Olszewski, Closeup of Five Sheets Tied Together, 2019
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Filip Olszewski, Closeup of Possible Clue, 2019
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Filip Olszewski, Interior of Secret Room with Candles, 2019
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Filip Olszewski, Closeup of Photograph Found in Secret Room, 2019
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Filip Olszewski, Interior with Cheese Crumbs, 2019
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Filip Olszewski, Interior with Basket Collection, 2019
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Filip Olszewski, Closeup of Cabinet Shelf with Bell Collection and Note Fragment, 2019
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Filip Olszewski, Interior with Glowing Items, 2019
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Filip Olszewski, Untitled (Floor Tile Puzzle), 2019
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Filip Olszewski, Untitled (Floor Tile Puzzle), 2019

For Filip Olszewski’s first solo exhibition at Kimberly-Klark, the gallery walls, drenched in Cabernet-colored paint, are divided into three titular zones, each displaying an echo of the same figure painting and a selection of framed images that distinguish their affective pitch. Between the walls, floorspace is broken up by multi-shaded tiles and imposing, 8-foot pillars (also Cabernet) forming a cool, irregular pattern, ordered by a linguistic code of the artist’s making. Here in the gallery, as in the psychological grounds of relational endeavors, structural foundations set precedents for how we experience emotionally charged scenarios.

Olszewski takes inspiration from early video games of the graphic text adventure variety–games which narrate to the player what limited pixel imagery can only roughly portray. Through the ingress of a Start button, a world unfolds and the player types in commands to solve thematic puzzles and complete tasks. As in a game, a relationship serves as a portal to an alternate reality; light appears brighter here, actions are semaphores for deep feelings, and wounds cut much, much deeper. And while there is no level-like hierarchy in the regional distinctions of this show, we can observe there is identifiable singularity–interpersonal DNA. What poetic details we find in the dynamics of the Well cannot recur in quite the same manner as in the Windmill, but its elements refract, and its objective might always be pure.

The intimate triad of soft violet paintings radiate those ideals in which our players’ romantic intentions are formed. The surrounding snapshots of how each scenario plays out, however, is mediated by the architectural space–both positive and negative–between both characters, and manners of response to oblique pillars of silence or variably encoded physical messaging. The artist has embedded these challenges in the form of visual puzzles and shockingly physical transformations of interior terrain. The players’ task is simply to explore.

8.6.19 — 7.7.19

Kimberly Klark

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