"Taming II": Wiktor Nowotka
I am taming a space
and everything it contains:
people, things, animals big and small, plants.
I am taming my universe.
I am taming it and familiarizing with it.
I am feeling like becoming a part of it
and it becoming a part of myself.
DOZEN or so of small photographs. All of them made without use of photographic camera, by a means of simple, closed boxes or cans in which light sensitive film was exposed by light oozing through a tiny hole. One of the artists who realise their photographic visions this way has called it "a can-vision". And really so, the pictures obtained in such a simple way are vision-like, the picture is subjected to characteristic distortions which give it impression of immediate tangibility.
Photographs made by Wiktor Nowotka show his closest everyday environment: the backyard of the house he lives in, fragments of the garden surrounding his house, a veranda, a pavement, a slightly open entrance door and a corridor vanishing in perspective. There are also windows sills of his photographic studio with somewhat archaic cameras playing rather role of decorative objects than usable equipment. Everything is photographed in a way evoking direct closeness. We feel like being surrounded, almost absorbed by a space that came nearer to us and seems to be stretched out. These objects and environment in spite of being fogged and blurred are becoming "tamed". We do see them more intensively and feel their presence stronger. The photographs of Wiktor Nowotka that present so close fragment in so unexpected way multiply our perception of this what we are not able to see and perceive in our fast, everyday life in order to "tame" it.
Wiktor Teodor Nowotka
born June 4th, 1948 in Warsaw member of the Union of Polish Art Photographers and the Warsaw Photographic Society
Address: ul. Jałowcowa 4, 05-501 Piaseczno
Tel. 756 99 82, 757 26 49, 0-601 20 69 68
1987 "Fenomeny", Galeria WTF, Warszawa
1988 "Podroz", Galeria WTF, Warszawa
1989 "W krzakach i gdzie indziej", together with Wiktor Urbanek, Galeria WTF, Warszawa
1989 "Fotografia - pasja milionow", KMPiK, "Nowy Swiat", Warszawa
1990 "Pinhole", together with Wiktor Urbanek, Galeria Foton, Warszawa
1991 "Dotyk swiatla", Mala Galeria ZPAF-CSW, Warszawa
1993 "Krajobraz z rowerem na pierwszym planie", - permanent display, Dom Holenderski, Warszawa
1993 "Skjulte Dimensioner", Museet for Fotokunst, Odense, Bational Bibliothek, Copenhagen
1993 "Autoportret fotograficzny przy muzyce Donizettiego", Galeria Foto-Medium-Art, Wrocław, Zamek Wojnowice
1994 - "Ikonopres", BWA, Szczecin - participation in exhibition
1994 -"Modernia valoku - vataidett Puolasta" (Contemporary Polish Photography) Voipalla, Valkeakoski, Finland - participation in exhibition
1994 -"Slad mnie", Bratislava, Slovakia - participation in exhibition
1995 "Realites Illusoires", Galerie Vrais Reves, Lyon, Arles, France
1998 "Linia" - Klodzki Osrodek Kultury, Klodzko
1999 " Vztahy" (Relacje) - Dom Fotografie, Poprad, Slovakia
2000 " Lazienka" - Galeria Arsenal, Poznan, BWA Bydgoszcz (as a part of the 2nd Photographic Biennal)
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