Born in 1963, Miroslaw Maszlanko graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. His first exhibition took place in 1991 at “Biała” Gallery in Lublin. He took part in numerous collective exhibitions and presented his works on individual exhibitions in: Centre for Contemporary Art in Warsaw, “Zderzak” Gallery in Cracow, “Arsenal” Gallery in Białystok, Centre for Contemporary Art in Kyiv, Institute of Polish Culture in Budapest. He lives in the village of Jatne, close to Warsaw.
In his works, the artist uses natural materials. Ephemeral, almost poetic, and yet modern art installations, closely related to the site they are located at, are created: Illuminations is one of them.
Land Art by Mirosław Maszlanko Entitled Illuminations
This gorgeous land art and a site-specific design on water dates from 2019. He creates his sculptures and installations, and spatial forms from natural materials. Blades of grass of the earthquake species, wax, wicker, leaves, and other plant fragments, wood, bamboo, using their properties to obtain artistic expression. His works bear the hallmarks of minimalism. Their existence is by definition short-lived and ephemeral. They are closely related to the space in which they are created. His works show a strong relationship with the rural landscape, open space, and the cyclical nature of nature.
What is Land Art?
Land art, variously known as Earth art, environmental art, and Earthworks, is an art movement. And it emerged in the 1960s and 1970s, largely associated with Great Britain and the United States. But that also includes examples from many countries. As a trend, "land art" expanded the boundaries of art. Because of the materials that were used and the siting of the works. The materials used were often the materials of the Earth. Including the soil, rocks, vegetation, and water found on-site, and the sites of the works were often distant from population centers. Though sometimes fairly inaccessible, photo documentation was commonly brought back to the urban art gallery.
And there are concerns of the art movement centered around rejection of the commercialization. Especially of art-making and enthusiasm with an emergent ecological movement. The art movement coincided with the popularity of the rejection of urban living and its counterpart, enthusiasm for that which is rural. Included in these inclinations were spiritual yearnings concerning the planet Earth as home to humanity.