BY RACHEL TAYLOR
Gull Life Editor
Tucked in the courtyard between Fulton Hall and St. Martins Hall stands Joachim Gawryolek’s latest sculpture, Metaxy.
The piece, which resembles two houses standing on a concrete pillar, represent Plato’s theory of Metaxy.
“The whole piece is really about me being polish,” Gawryolek said. ”I was born in Poland and living here in the states now and it’s comparing the two states. It’s called Metaxy, which Plato talks about and he explains it as a state in-between two things, kind of oscillating from one place to another so it’s like me shifting from being polish and American at the same time.”
Gawryolek, who has resided in the States for the last 10 years, has tried other mediums of art in the past, but sculpture is his true passion.
“I really enjoyed painting and then I took Sculpture I and fell in love with making things with my hands,” he said. “I just wanted to continue that and explore that more.”
Metaxy took about a month to create and was recently featured in SU’s Spring Fine Arts Show. Creating this piece was a learning experience for Gawryolek. For the first time, he began using steel, concrete and wood last semester to create this piece.
“It took about a month to create because of the complex joinery with the wood,” he said. “The steel and the concrete that took about three weeks and then the wood was painful at the end. I’ve never welded or worked with wood before so it was definitely a learning experience for me with different materials.”
However, working with these materials led to his current work. The industrial and construction materials used in his pieces are now his preferred medium.
“I like the whole construction industry and construction materials and how they feel and the meaning of them,” he said. “As you can see (in the piece) the two forms are representative of two houses so it would make sense for me to use wood and steel and the concrete almost as like a pedestal and because they use it for foundations in many construction sites.”
Gawryolek has an upcoming show in Rehoboth Beach with the Rehoboth Art League in May where he will be displaying an array of other sculptures he has been working on throughout the year. The pieces will show a common theme of repetition, which Gawryolek believes exists but not in the typical way that one thinks of repetition.
“Everybody repeats the same task everyday like driving a car through the same route but each day is different from the previous day,” he said. “If you wanted to repeat a day exactly the same it would probably be different than it was. It’s going on realizing that repetition really is in our lives and a major part in our lives and I’m going to try and represent that.”
The other large piece that he has created is two large cubes where the concrete cube is suspended on the concrete cube. Yet another example of imperfect repetition.
“A lot of what I deal with is repetition,” Gawryolek said. “So it’s repetition of a form that can be changed in some way. Because to me really repetition doesn’t actually exist if you think about it. The thing that you repeat is a similarity of the thing that came before it so it’s changed in some way.”
The houses in Metaxy look very similar and could be copies of themselves but the material used is different and their positions are not the same showing Gawryolek’s form of repetition.
“These two forms that are repeated, but there is a change of materials and shift of perspective with the way they are positioned,” he said.
Gawryolek along with sculpture professor Bill Wolf want student created pieces on display for the campus and community to see and Metaxy is the inaugural piece. The Grounds for Sculpture project will hopefully grow and give students the chance to see what other students are working on.
“So we’re trying to put more sculptures around this area and trying to get the community involved,” Gawryolek said. “It’s nice because people come through this area and it’s nice to see what other students are working on and realizing what’s going on behind the curtains.”
Gawryolek is graduating in May but hopes to pursue a career in design and architecture.
“I want to focus more towards design, industrial design and designing products and stuff like that,” he said. “I’ve always been interested in architecture so maybe someday along the road I’ll follow that. I want to keep making art and fine art and making sculptures.”
Check a 360⁰ view of Metaxy here: https://vimeo.com/125829438