23 April 2024

Sometimes My Eyes Change Their Mind

Kasper Jacek collages
experiences of flux


by Kate Mothes

Details of objects like chain link fences or necklaces flit in and out of coherency in Kasper Jacek’s mixed-media collages, evoking fragments of memory or dreams. “My work explores moments in which the places or objects around us open themselves up, reveal something to us, take us somewhere, or remind us of something that we had forgotten,” he says.

Jacek’s recent work considers the nature of seeing, the “fleeting moments when we lose our ability to see clearly—and where we are overwhelmed by the places we move through.” While moving quickly or feeling distracted, the mind still picks up on what we see whether we know it or not, only later revealing seemingly random glimpses into our experiences.

“I consider my collage works multi-temporal scenes, exploring landscapes or places in which myths, old objects, memories, and possible futures are all haunting the present simultaneously,” Jacek says. Through a process of adding, omitting, destroying, and reconstructing, he likens the building-up of each composition to a back-and-forth between erosion and sedimentation. Layers of canvas are sewn or woven, sometimes comprising a number of separate supports that are joined in the back. Tin details connect the surfaces on the front like sutures, as if stitching thoughts together.

A visual motif of twists and curls, like the way chain link is turned around itself to create junctures in a grid or metal is coiled into a cable, serves as a metaphor for the way the mind grasps for bits of information during moments of disruption. Jacek coaxes out a sense of imbalance, conscious of dualities between light and dark, focus and blurriness, order and chaos, or “something that is there and something that only remains as a shadow of itself.”

The title of the artist’s recent exhibition, My Eyes Sometimes Change Their Minds, at Albert Contemporary in Odense, Denmark, came from a phrase the artist’s daughter uses sometimes to describe the way her observations seem to shift right in front of her, like a movement or shadow in her periphery or a change in the way she perceives color. Jacek’s paintings are a way of seeing seeing, inevitably bounded by the asymmetry of the task—a kind of ouroboros in which the activity consumes itself.

See more on Jacek’s website and Instagram.

All images © Kasper Jacek, courtesy of Albert Contemporary and Sofie Ehrhorn

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