- born 1959
- born in Łódź
- lives and works in Łódź
- specialises in poster design, graphic art, painting, installation art design, graphic design and typography
“I think that a pictogram, just as a letter, refers to associations, memory libraries, which we accumulate throughout our lives. Treating letters/words as signs and the sings as letters is a distinctive feature of the second, contemporary post-avant-garde period. The discursive and deconstructive approach
to typography, blurred boundaries between impression (observing) and the semantic function (reading) allows one a more potent expression of the hidden features of the word’s graphics. Even though destruction, deconstruction of a letter impedes its legibility, it requires a greater, dynamic activity of the reader, while placing within the area of a graphic sign, an enigma, at the same time”.
He completed his artistic education at the Faculty of Graphic Arts and Painting at the State Higher School of Arts in Łódź. In 1984, he received a Diploma from Professor Krzysztof Lenek Typography Studio, Professor Stanisław Fijałkowski Painting Studio and Professor Ireneusz Pierzgalski Photography Studio. He is the head of the Publishing Graphic Design and Digital Media Typography Studio at the Department of Graphic Design, Faculty of Graphic Arts and Painting at his home Academy.
He has presented his works at numerous exhibitions both in Poland and abroad, in Brno, Dortmund, Katowice, Cracow, Lahti, Łódź, Ōgaki, Sophia, Sopot, Warsaw and other cities.
By reference to the tradition of the avant-garde of the Inter-War Period and of the abstract arts of the 2nd half of the 20th century, including pop-art, he constructs his posters, uses simplified visual elements, reduced to artistic signs – pictograms, often multiplies them or makes complex structures/compositions that reveal different artistic relations between forms and related ideas and words. Apart from the typically graphic techniques, he also uses typography and photography-specific methods, such as photomontage. Sławomir Kosmynka avoids expressive forms of expression and emotion – instead, he tries to appeal to the rationale of the audience, playing on their association sensitivity. Simultaneously, his works demonstrate that both the “abstract” code, which is an expression of “ergonomization” of artistic message, and in the iconic layer, absorbed from the common visual systems popular nowadays, include contents that are a proof of the artist’s ability to carefully observe the context and the overtones of everyday human existence.
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