From May 29, 2012, the Brda Gallery, operating under the auspices of the City Gallery in Bydgoszcz bwa, will present an exhibition of graphic works by Piotr Tołoczko, entitled „Biography of Line”.
„In his works one can find movements of a hand supported by a tool, which is like a pantograph in conjunction with impulse codes born in the brain. Author reminds us that these records are not limited to the study of gesture. It’s not just calligraphy, neither is it creative psycho-graphology, as could be assumed by following his creative path. The artist himself said: „I’m trying to determine the significance of the gesture as opposed to a straight line.” Thus he reminds us that through the development of recording technology and its excellence, we have the reference material, which is a turning point for further research. (…)”
„I was inspired by the study from the borderline of various sciences, such as psychology, linguistics, graphology, semiology, and philosophy, revealing the role of gesture in communication and in the shaping of our identity. Gesture exists between culture and nature, it is not an accidental movement, but it does not have to be a sign. Its essence is mediality. The body expresses and receives gesture with no mediating code. As a carrier of meanings, at the same time it gives meanings, touches and is touched. The subconscious message in a gesture seems to be particularly close to art received more emotionally and empathically than empirically. (…) In order to faithfully preserve and multiply the trace of gesture, I decided to use the techniques of etching on stainless steel plates. The graphic form, preceded by a clear concept without precise sketches, was born directly on the matrix. I created several belt compositions inspired by calligraphy. I was also inspired by the musical notation and, in particular, musical graphics, where gesture integrates music with drawing. I strived to create graphics works consisting of modules. (…) Colour used in several graphics allowed to organize the space of the composition and emphasise significant fragments. Titles were invented after the work was done. Names were determined through initial associations of the completed graphics form with real objects or phenomena. They are ordering more than semantic.”
Piotr Tołoczko, in 2004 graduated from Graphic Art studies at the Faculty of Fine Arts at the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, in the study of Prof. Bogumiła Pręgowska (his dissertation: „Szkice do rekonstrukcji przedmiotów” [Drafts on reconstruction of objects], the theoretical part: „Rola rysunku w grafice muzycznej” [Role of Drawing in Music Illustration]), and in 2007, graduated in sculpture under Prof. Maciej Szańkowski (dissertation: „Sen Eschera” [Escher’s Dream], the theoretical part „Próba określenia związków sztuki współczesnej z architekturą” [An Attempt to Define Relationships Between Contemporary Art and Architecture]) at the Faculty of Fine Arts of the Nicolaus Copernicus University. In 2007, started a postgraduate programme in Visual Arts at his Alma Mater. Since 2010, works at the University of Technology and Life Sciences in Bydgoszcz as an assistant in the Department of Visual Arts at the Faculty of Civil Engineering and Environment Engineering. In 2012, he defended his Ph.D. Thesis (subject: „Notation of Gesture in Graphic Art”) written under the tuition of Prof. Marek Basiul at his alma mater. He is the director of student gallery „3.1” at the University of Technology and Life Sciences which promotes creativity of young artists. He gives lectures and workshops on synaesthesia of art and music graphics. He has participated in several solo and group exhibitions and several graphic art competitions. He does graphic art, drawings, sculptures and installation.