ambasaDaDa – born in 1978. Graduate of MA studies at the University of Silesia in Katowice, where he studied philosophy. Passionate about Dada and Surrealist art. For 12 years, the technique of collage is for him the best means of expression and a passion without which he cannot imagine his life. The author of over eight hundred collages created using the traditional method – by combining remote threads and worlds, and using in the works a variety of items from his everyday surroundings. He remains faithful to the traditional techniques, creating with scissors, glue and paper items. His main inspiration is the art of German artist Kurt Schwitters.
…majority (…) of the works are so called presentational collages, that is works which were created with elements cut from newspapers, and which present scenes that can be easily interpreted by the audience, who will find in them references to current events. However, this is mainly fun tinged with mockery or a slightly absurd humour. I must admit, though, that the biggest challenge for me are still abstract collages, created from old newspapers, damaged books, old photographs, as well as items that I find in the streets or flea markets. This slow making of the composition, combining of scraps, various textures and cards covered with handwriting or font, gives you the ability to commune with something magical, impossible to predict, something still mysterious. I get the impression then that for a moment I manage to bring out the beauty from the items that someone considered to be unnecessary rubbish of little value. …
… However, sometimes I think about bringing some of the works to life like Terry Gilliam’s animations. There are times when I start to imagine collages which, thanks to the power of imagination, come to life resembling the Monty Python scenes. This is a passage from the Patrycja Jankowska’s interview with ambasaDaDa published in Bydgoszcz Cultural Guide (September 2014). During that interview, he said: …I do not consider myself an artist. I am a man who glues together collages. But, like any creator, he exhibits his works, confronts them with the audience, asks for criticism and acceptance, does not hide his works in the drawer. The author has already made his mark and joined the artists active in Bydgoszcz.
So far, he exhibited his works at the WSB University in Bydgoszcz (2014) and Klubokawiarnia 1138 in Bydgoszcz (2014), where he also held workshops and presentations aimed at introducing the techniques of collage to the audience. In 2015, he organised workshops and an exhibition in the Gallery of the Social House of Culture „Czytelnia” in Bydgoszcz. In June of 2015, he participated in the „Spotkania nieprzypadkowe/Oko nigdy nie śpi” Festival, which brings together Polish and foreign artists and authors inspired by surrealism. In addition, his collages have been published in several issues of the Fabularie magazine, and he also presents his works during the Auctions for Young Art in the Next Gallery in Bydgoszcz.
1. Topografia snów II (Topography of Dreams II), 2011, 20.5 x 50.5 cm
2. Inspirowane twórczością Andrzeja Tarkowskiego (Inspired by the Works of Andrei Tarkovsky), 2012, 31.5 x 19.5 cm
3. TONIEMY (WE’RE DROWNING), 2011, 31.5 x 23.5 cm
4. CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION, 2011, 31.5 x 27.8 cm
5. DaDaMaGaZiNE 14, 2014, 28.0 x 21.8 cm
6. WSZYSCY NALEŻYMY DO RYBY (WE ALL BELONG TO THE FISH), 2011, 24.0 x 30.0 cm
7. BLINDNESS, 2014, 23.5 x 23.8 cm
8. hik, 2015, 27.0 x 20.0 cm
9. a.NTY DAMROT II, 2011, 26.5 x 18.8 cm
10. DaDaDoMB, 2009, 23.5 x 19.0 cm
11. Deszcz w Melanhopolis (Rain in Melanhopolis), 2010, 16.0 x 24.5 cm (invitation) you can always change it!
opening of the exhibition: 01.04.2016, 6pm
exhibition open until 30.04.2016