Unity and Duality, from Drawings in the Snow, 1983-1985

Unity and Duality, from Drawings in the Snow, 1983-1985

Roland Schefferski uses various media to realize his artistic concepts according to their requirements. In his work, the artist takes the role of a critical analyst of everyday reality, often using it in unconventional ways for artistic purposes. One of his consistent artistic strategies is manifested in his works, which deal with different qualities of perception and remembering of the pictorial image as an iconic form. The focus of his attention is the question: how do images operate within the cultural memory and what influence do they have on the cultural and collective memory? The manipulative character of pictures in the mass media is a theme reflected in a whole series of works and exhibitions realised by the artist over many years.

In addition to exhibitions and projects within institutional spaces, he also realizes his works in public spaces. For Schefferski a street, a garden, a store or a library are also relevant places where he can present art, as well as traditional exhibition spaces like a gallery or a museum. For example, Schefferski deposited his artworks as commonly objects for the commission sale in a second-hand shop in Berlin and in an antique store in Gdansk. He also exhibited on the streets of Warsaw with a billboard saying "Create your own image of Berlin." During his walks in Frankfurt (Oder), Slubice, Warsaw and Berlin, he lost coins minted for this occasion. He lent to the exhibition visitors in different cities: Warsaw, Moscow, Los Angeles, Berlin, Krakow and recently in Bonn - clothes marked with embroidered human silhouettes. He also installed his works in the gardens of Brandenburg; in a historic Temple of Pomona, Potsdam. Roland Schefferski was born 1956 in Poland. From 1971 to 1976 he attended the State College of Visual Arts, Wroclaw. He subsequently studied sculpture from 1976 to 1981 at the Academy of Fine Arts, Wroclaw. Since 1984 he has been living and working in Berlin.