“I remain detached and distant, but it is under my eyes and my orders that the work of art must create itself... Then, when the creation starts, I stand there, present at the ceremony, immaculate, calm, relaxed... ready to welcome the work of art that is coming into existence in the tangible world.” - Yves Klein

To My Core

Jordan Baraniecki considers how two-dimensional materials occupy three-dimensional space. Using design elements like perspective and line, he challenges how the brain perceives depth. Jordan is able to see the way that his materials–which are primarily paper or materials on paper–interact with space, light, transparency, and the physical presence. He seeks to create a visual experience that involves only the essential components. This offers him the freedom and challenge to create work that can be expansive in presentation. He prefers to work in a way that utilizes his physical stature and a full range of motion by considering the presence of his own self in the work.

Jordan wants to see the unseen, and with his interest in Metaphysics, he understands the first principles of being, substance, time and space. His philosophies and methods are to create something that can be powerful in simplicity. He creates artwork that suggests a viewer’s awareness of their own senses; in some regard, a form of escapism, but also for the viewer to be consciously aware of their surroundings.

Baraniecki looks at the space around us as an unknown environment that is waiting to be depicted. He has a yearning to understand and communicate the uncertainties of space as a material object and the understanding of subconscious thought in the creation process. These observations are subtly-noted in the details of the drawings via text. His drawings primarily use India ink, with variations of transparencies so that he can communicate the idea of depth on a flat surface. His installation work alludes to the space around us that cannot be seen with the human eye, but rather what is going on with the wind and the heat around the room. He became very interested in what we perceive as tangible realities and there is a genuine desire for him to connect with the world around him; to be fully present in what kind of interactions he observes.

Traditionally, I Am…

Jordan Baraniecki was born and resides in Saskatoon, Canada. Having the opportunity to study at three different universities in Canada for his degree (University of Saskatchewan, ACAD, NSCAD U), he graduated from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 2016 with a major in Fine Art.

His work has been shown in Toronto at the Propeller Gallery and Gallery 1313. In the United States, he has shown at the Shot Tower Gallery in Columbus, OH, and the Center for Fine Art Photography in Fort Collins, CO. Jordan was invited to an artist residency in Lodz, Poland in 2018 where he embarked on a 45-day residency to find out if his Polish heritage was apparent in his life as a Canadian Citizen.

He is a member of the Invisible Artists Collective International.

Jordan Baraniecki is proudly funded by the Saskatchewan Arts Board for his 2019 projects. The artwork that develops from the grant will be consciously aware of the environmental impact of art-waste, and he aims to create work that can be shipped and stored small, but expansive in presentation.

Follow more of his process on Instagram @jordanbaraniecki

You can reach Jordan for questions, interviews, and pricing enquiries at: jordanbaraniecki@gmail.com

video by Christian Singh

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