In the heart of Lodz, Poland, a captivating installation titled “Double Parallel” emerged, casting a spellbinding light on the intersection of art, space, and experience. Crafted by the talented Polish artist, Karolina Halatek, this installation invites viewers to step into a passage where luminous ellipses transcend the ordinary, and find their own path.
Halatek, a visionary artist, utilizes light as her primary medium, creating immersive and site-specific spaces that blur the boundaries between visual art, architecture, and sculpture. Her work acts as a catalyst for experience, weaving together collaborations with quantum physicists, founders of superstring theory, and precision mechanical engineers. Halatek’s educational journey through Design for Performance in London, Fine Arts in Berlin, and Media Art in Warsaw has shaped her unique perspective, resulting in exhibitions that push the boundaries of artistic expression.
“Double Parallel” made its mark during the “Silver Lining” exhibition curated by Iza Robakowska at the Kamienica Hilarego Majewskiego in Lodz. The exhibition, held from November 21 to December 22, 2023, served as a gathering ground for prominent artists from Lodz, each exploring the transformation of landscapes in various dimensions – bodily, digital, political, social, personal, and spiritual.
Halatek’s installation, a symphony of parallel luminous ellipses, constructs a space that defies conventional definitions. It unfolds a double dimension, offering itself as both a concentric area and a passage. The elliptical light lines extend onto a mirrored floor, expanding horizons and beckoning viewers to embark on their unique journey within this luminous composition.
The mirrored floor, a reflection of the ethereal light, not only doubles the visual impact but also opens up new perspectives. As viewers navigate through “Double Parallel,” they find themselves immersed in a dialogue between light, space, and their perceptions. The installation is an invitation to explore, prompting individuals to become active participants in the spatial experience.
Karolina Halatek’s ingenuity extends beyond the exhibition space. As a Guinness Record Holder for the Largest LED Structure with her creation “Beacon,” exhibited during the Noor Riyadh Festival in Saudi Arabia, her influence on the global art scene is unmistakable.
In an era marked by environmental, humanitarian, and identity crises, where conventional notions of progress are questioned, art becomes a vital agent of change. “Silver Lining” showcases the works of artists like Halatek, alongside talents such as Tomasz Matuszak, Magda Moskwa, Wojciech Pus, and Jozef Robakowski, collectively exploring new ways of being together in a time of transformation.
Photo Credits: Anna Zagrodzka