GOSIA SEWERYN has presented 'Chess Lithographies' within Antwerp Chess Event in
Arenahal in Deurne-Antwerp in Belgium (19 - 27 of August).
The Antwerp Chess Event was organised by City Antwerp, Ons
Schaakgenoegen Kempen and Piet Roelen Productions. Chess star of the event was
Worldchampion Gary Kasparov.
GOSIA SEWERYN during lasting of this event presented 26
colourfull lithographies inspired by game of chess.
Chess in the Gosia Seweryn lithography cycle have motive
performing various functions. First of all, they are - as chess figures - a concrete sign
carrying representation of life shapes through the symbol: a king, royal couple, a knights
- horses, pawns - people. Behind these signs of concrete figure shapes are hidden
traditional conceptions (defined by game rules), possibilities of movements, conflicts and
situations: march, jump, encirclement, attack, defence, check, and checkmate at last.
These various positional arrangements - from static to extremely dramatic - receive
different solutions of composition. The atmosphere of disquiet and mysteriousness
accompanies them. Fate of chessmen modifies into living human matters. Edges of chessboard
and squares of fields do not keep their limits imposed, black-and-white quadrangles
deforme, a space of game widens, fullfils squares of fields and streets. The architecture
- houses, arcades, portals - adds a concrete to the images. Casted shadows strengthen the
atmosphere of threats, tensions and events. This may be solitude of isolated man-figure,
or irresolution of pawn - pilgrim standing at the parting of the ways, or at last the
final extermination of main character (checkmate).
These impressions with metaphorical structure, cause
content association, which connect abstraction of the game with reality of human