Jacek Yerka

I have a hard time really engaging in stationary visual art. I have to actively pursue interest in order to experience much that is interesting. Maybe that’s fine. Maybe not. But These fantasy paintings by Jacek Yerka engage me without any work on my part. I love the dialogue between the grand and the minute — small scale: books on a shelf. Large scale: they hold back a reservoir of water (knowledge). Small scale: lights of a city. Large scale: a volcano. It makes me think a little bit about a line from the Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis. It goes something like this.

“In our world,” said Eustace, “a star is a huge ball of flaming gas.”
Even in your world, my son, that is not what a star is, but only what it is made of.”

The significance of a star is not what it is made of, but how it is integrated into our lives. So on one scale: a star is a bunch of burning gas, on another, it can show the way out of a storm. And every time we look up at that star, we are reminded of what we owe it.

Here is the site where I discovered the work of Yerka.

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About JoeL

I completed a Master of Music degree from McGill University. I am currently working towards an Artist Diploma also at McGill. I like to do philosophy as a hobby.

5 thoughts on “Jacek Yerka

  1. Good quote and thanks for bringing Yerka to my attention – fantasy art often holds my attention captive for a while but I can’t quite put my finger on why.Do you find most stationary art uninteresting and boring? Unable to read stories into the images?

    As a visual artist, I find myself turned off by much stationary art. However, there are two things in a piece that holds my attention: 1) if it makes me say “HOW did they DO that?” and 2) if the piece initially brings to mind a story it wants to share.

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    1. Ya, like I say stories don’t jump out at me very often. I have to work for them. As a practitioner, the question of “how they did that?” has more relevance for you because you could actually learn that technique or you often know how things are done and so it is not necessarily interesting. I have no idea how most art is made, so that question is usually about the same for me.

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