So this week, we received a press release from Fish with Braids gallery for an upcoming exhibit, “now and here” for Jersey City artist Milosz Koziej. It didn’t have any real details about him so I had to look him up. I found his website, which promotes his work in mural techniques – which is very very different from his fine art – but was stunning nonetheless. I was convinced that anyone with kind of talent must have an awesome exhibit up.
I ended up meeting up with Milosz, who was quite gentlemanly and nice. He held an umbrella up for me and opened his car door for me. I’m an independent American woman, but it was nice. After all, I know a lot of guys would neglect to do those things not because they respect my independence and ability to take care of myself, but because they don’t really care.
He gave me an exclusive preview of his show, which opens tonight at 8 p.m. at the Friends Building, 340 Summit Ave., Jersey City. Gotta say, this was definitely my favorite assignment this week.
Milosz Koziej’s colors and shapes play delightful tricks on the eye
Jersey City artist Milosz Koziej is a superb communicator, he just doesn’t know it yet.
While he’s learned tons of English since he came to the United States from Poland in 2003, Koziej isn’t confident about his communication skills.
“I can communicate but I cannot sell my thinking well,” said the 36-year-old. “I cannot shine as a provocative artist.”
But Koziej does shine.
Koziej – who creates stunning frescoes, gilded walls, mouldings and more for a living – says creative art is his most powerful way of communicating.
The four-year Chilltown resident’s colorful, mind-bending paintings are being shown in his solo exhibit “now and here” at the Friends Building, 340 Summit Ave., Jersey City.
His work features layers of geometric shapes and patterns in contrasting colors which often trick the eye and create holographic depth.
Koziej began developing his style while studying color perception at the Academy of Fine Arts in Poland where he received his Master’s degree.
In an experiment, Koziej used engines to continually spin his paintings. (Two rotating canvases with rainbow rings are featured in “now and here.”) He discovered that after staring at the work, one can look at a white wall and see the pattern’s colors inverted, spinning in the opposite direction.
“If they spin fast enough, the colors disappear and turn white,” he added.
He also has Pollack-inspired performance pieces he created by dripping paint on spinning canvases. The effect is slightly dizzying and mind-blowing.
Koziej said he expresses himself through the colors and patterns.
“Everyone’s perception gives them their own feelings, but I try to communicate with them on some level through my paintings,” he said. “If I have time, I just paint. It makes me peaceful.”
Milosz Koziej’s “now and here” opens tonight with a reception from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Friends Building, 340 Summit Ave., Jersey City. The show runs through Nov. 30. For more information, visit FishwithBraids.blogspot.com or Solimstudio.com/wp/. The gallery is open by appointment only. To see the work, contact Laura at email@example.com or call (917) 476-7278.
Check out more of Koziej’s work. Mouse-over his paintings for more information, click to enlarge.