Mateusz Wiewiórowski is a sculptor and graphic designer who works in a variety of crafts and visual interventions. His sculptures and installations, inspired by different spatial constraints, influence the imagination and play with perception.
Born in 1988,Wiewiórowski studied at the Design Academy in Eindhoven (2008–2010) and Chelsea University of Art/Design in London (2010–2012), but his training started before school and continued after – from furniture management at Barcelona’s Design Centre to learning from old craftsmen in Wrocław and back to spatial adaptation in his hometown of Stavanger. The sculptor enjoys working with noble materials like granite or raw obsidian and precious metals like copper. He is fascinated by the ethereal qualities of light, air and emotion, and tries to translate them into his sculptures. In an interview for Trend Tablet, Wiewiórowski explains:
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I set out to communicate sense through shape and explain insight through visual creation. Feeling for the structure and transforming volume into surface, results in given space. My need to reshape reality is an on-going development that focuses on diverse activities within our visual world by which, senses attract and hypnotize. I explore different planetary perspective reinterpret them into sculptural metaphoric objects.
Wiewiórowski's graduation project – Reshaping Reality (2012) – attempted to illustrate the concept of surface and volume adaptation over time. Textured surface plays an important role in Wiewiórowski's work. The metal sheets used to form the Reflected Behaviour chair were moulded and bent with heat, which gave the effect of crumpled paper. The collection had its continuance in the form of the sculptures Lamp Without Lamp and White Reflected Chair, which were produced in Wrocław for the design festival.
His Tactonic Stone (2014) project responds to his immediate surroundingsin the Nordic Stavanger and looks at how functional planes – tables and seats – can integrate into rocky cliffs. The artist created a few commissions in Tulum, where beachside hotels asked him to create a consistent infrastructure or individual sculptures for them using natural materials such as wood and wicker.
Obsee Eruption(2019)is a series of sculptures; their base is curved out of obsidian stones and then polished until its surface is smooth and shiny. Next, the artist bends and twists copper pipes into crowning ornaments. The contrast between these powerful, glass-like stones and the sharp extrusions makes for a strong visual effect.
Wiewiórowski draws inspiration from specific places and their geography: the monumental fjords of his native Norway, the lush jungles of Quintana Roo and the volcanic range of mountains surrounding the capital city of Mexico, where Obsee Eruption came about. With each project the artist continues to bring visual poetry into different atmospheres – investigating the behaviour of lively materials and their outcomes.
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The artist's website: www.mateuszwiewiorowski.com
- 2020 – Obsee II (cancelled due to COVID-19), Warsaw
- 2019 – Space Installation (Portal Chair and Star Sculpture), Beach Installation (Portal Chair and Star Sculpture), Tulum, Mexico; Obsee Eruption (Project Ciclo), Mexico City, Mexico
- 2018 – Adam Mickiewicz Foundation Expo, (Reflected II Chair), Warsaw; Azulik Installation (String Lounges) Tulum, Mexico
- 2017 – Structure Exhibition (Reflected II Chair), Matusiak Gallery, London
- 2015 – Connected Chair, Galerie Joseph, Paris, France
- 2014 – Right Time, Wrong City (both curator and representative), Stavanger; Paris Design Week(Stone Chair and Table), La Rotonde Gallery, Paris; NaszaPolska (Stone Chair .II), Brussels Design Week (TechtonicChair .II), Belgium
- 2013 – Wroclove Design Festival(White Reflected Chair & Lamp Without Lamp), Poland
- 2012 – Reflected Behaviour Collection, Chelsea Art&Design B.A Graduation Show, London; Revealing Creations, II Gallery, Stavanger
Compiled by: HSz, November 2020.