Mirror phaze by Marcin Kowalik
Mirror phaze by Marcin Kowalik in BWA Gallery in Zamość. Room 1. --------------- For the purpose of the next cycle, Mirror Phase, once again I had to free myself from the painting reality in which I had remained. That cycle is not only a story about a mirror, but it also raises the issue of the reception of art. Phenomena like interpreting a painting or projecting the viewer’s world on a contemplated painting (which had been brought up in The Unknown Kingdom) gained their new meaning when I treated a painting as a mirror. The mirror is not so much a pane reflecting the outside world as containing its own inner world. Contemplating our reflection in the mirror we are not able to say for sure to what extent it is our real silhouette and to what extent what we want to see. The starting point for the cycle was the conception of Alice in Wonderland but I soon realised that the mirror can be an allegory of a painting. These assumptions led me to come closer to and understand thoroughly many processes that accompany contemplating a painting.
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Europe is generally agreed to be the birthplace of western culture, including such legendary innovations as the democratic nation-state, football and tomato sauce.
The word Europe comes from the Greek goddess Europa, who was kidnapped by Zeus and plunked down on the island of Crete. Europa gradually changed from referring to mainland Greece until it extended finally to include Norway and Russia.
Don't be confused that Europe is called a continent without looking like an island, the way the other continents do. It's okay. The Ural mountains have steadily been there to divide Europe from Asia for the last 250 million years. Russia technically inhabits "Eurasia".
Europe is presently uniting into one political and economic zone with a common currency called the Euro. The European Union originated in 1993 and is now composed of 27 member states. Its headquarters is in Brussels, Belgium.
Do not confuse the EU with the Council of Europe, which has 47 member states and dates to 1949. These two bodies share the same flag, national anthem, and mission of integrating Europe. The headquarters of the Council are located in Strasbourg, France, and it is most famous for its European Court of Human Rights.
In spite of these two bodies, there is still no single Constitution or set of laws applying to all the countries of Europe. Debate rages over the role of the EU in regards to national sovereignty. As of January 2009, the Lisbon Treaty is the closest thing to a European Constitution, yet it has not been approved by all the EU states.
Text by Steve Smith.