Residencia Corazón, La Plata Buenos Aires,  Argentina

25th September – 16th November 2008

The “Inverted” exposition is a result of the artist’ s residential stay in Argentina and it consists of collection of drawings based on a unique topography of the city of La PlataMaess treats the ideal city design with multiple transformations, violating exist­ing realities. An exploration of space between the starting point and the final result invites the viewer to embark on his/her own intellectual adventure of perception beyond the habitual lim­its. The artist’ s key aim is not to reach a predetermined goal, but to observe the moments and places where imperfections and errors in the inversion process occur. Inversion can refer to a particular case of abstract thinking and can also be consid­ered a result of instinctive human penchant for putting con­trasting objects of concepts together. This kind of definition does not however allow to multiply all possible situations or circumstances and to adjust them to such thinking. Commonly used intuitive processes of inversion cannot always be reduced to a common denominator, since, for instance, contradiction such as good/evil is of different nature than day/night. Simple act of reverting inversion also does not lead to a zero sum situa­tion, but creates a web of transformations with varying interre­lations. Such manipulations can be best observed in visual arts – the most effective way of reaching a semantic or formal effect of surprise is to seek out the stubborn constant that hides in earlier solutions and invert it by 180 degrees.

desenho contemporaneo, dessin contemporain

Plumba Contemporary Art, Porto, Portugal  curated by Nuno Perreira

23rd September – 26th November 2006

These are registration drawings which intend to represent the elusive moment when we see without being seen. It is an instant before being exposed as observers.  An airport is a place where one feels like a stranger, as if the place were a metaphor for the Flight of Icarus, where the big adventures begin. It is a point of arrival and departure, where the most intimate emotions are thrown onto a non-place without identity, in another reality. The language system of airports can be interpreted in a deeper way. Descrip­tions such as “choose your destination”, “departures”, “waiting areas” and “terminals” indicate a zone of transgression between safety and danger, freedom and dependence, the known  and the unknown, the familiar and the strange. During the ritual of arriving and departing, crossing the gates we leave our previous life behind and give it to the airport services, into the hands of destiny. There is a point of no return, where “see you soon” no longer exists and instead one says “goodbye”. Life in a new place begins. Life, with all the luggage from previous travels, is a set of waits and passages, where we anxiously await the next stage. Being in transit becomes a daily sensation. Maybe all places are places of waiting and of passage. What comes next, what are we going to see, who is going to see us, how will they see us? Maybe everything is only a long voyage made of short pauses between the long waits.

Review by Anna Zawadzka “Maess’ travel sketchbooks” (in Polish)