Room Temperature

Piotr Lakomy

Some thirty inches from my nose
The frontier of my Person goes,
And all the untilled air between
Is private pagus or demesne.

Postscriptum from “Prologue: e Birth of Architecture” by W. H. Auden

Piotr Lakomy’s work engages with human scale, and its relationship to objects and architecture. Reflecting on our connections with our surroundings, his sculptures might be described as ruined monuments to these conflicting relationships. Whilst they are seemingly devoid of a human presence, there remains a subtle anthropometric quality to his compositions. In Room Temperature a nest made of aluminium mesh insulation coated with bees wax hangs from the ceiling. It once contained a human body lying on its side, with the head supported on an outstretched arm. The body leaves an empty space within the structure, as empty as the cells of aluminium grid of which the nest is made.

Flat aluminium honeycomb cores found hanging on the walls are made of ultra-modern material widely used in aerospace, construction, architectural, energy, marine and rail industries. Contrary to the rules of their industrial application they have been stretched on painting frames; instead of specialized tools a human hand has been used. Experimenting with carefully selected materials, developing their properties far beyond those planned by the producers, Lakomy adjusts the scale of objects, via stretching, compressing, melting, dissolving, applying layers of wax or isolating with foam, while deriving all measurements from Le Corbusier’s e Modulor. A juxtaposition between the natural and the man made can also be found in the smothering of high tech aluminium honeycomb with beeswax.

The landscape on the surface of these “paintings” is outlined by the arrangement of empty aluminium honeycomb cells. There is no privileged location from which to view them. The careful deformations and empty spaces are brought out by the viewer, getting close or moving away in different directions, working within the space around the object. Maps made of torn body bags work in a similar way. Their outline resembles a plan of an apartment, minus any detailing of the space or the use of individual rooms. The irregular surfaces of the body bags go beyond that at plan, while egg shells, once protective vessels Filled with the warmth of a living being, are bound with them permanently. This atmosphere of protection and encasement is furthered through obscuring the main source of natural light with Vaseline.

Lakomy has worked across all aspects of the gallery’s architecture; the pole and the nest define the axis of the building, while mesh “paintings” and maps, made from body bags, frame and cover the gallery walls, but also extend further. Each of the adjacent and surrounding buildings designed for any human activity, exists in a way indicated by the work presented here, as the absences within the show relate to the free spaces contained in any other populated place. The role of these works is to highlight the sense of absence, of which every cubic centimetre becomes animated by the body heat of each person present in the exhibition space.

Text by Kuba Bak

Installation view,

Installation view

Piotr Lakomy, Untitled (Tailbone) or (Coccyx), 2015Aluminium on honeycomb, insulation foam, fabric 183 x 8 cm

Piotr Lakomy

Untitled (Tailbone) or (Coccyx), 2015
Aluminium on honeycomb, insulation foam, fabric
183 x 8 cm

Piotr Lakomy, Untitled (Tailbone) or (Coccyx), 2015 Aluminium on honeycomb, insulation foam, fabric 183 x 8 cm

Piotr Lakomy

Untitled (Tailbone) or (Coccyx), 2015
Aluminium on honeycomb, insulation foam, fabric
183 x 8 cm

Installation view,

Installation view

Piotr Lakomy, Untitled (Winter Garden), 2016 Aluminium on honeycomb, insulation foam, paint113 x 86 cm

Piotr Lakomy

Untitled (Winter Garden), 2016
Aluminium on honeycomb, insulation foam, paint
113 x 86 cm

Installation view,

Installation view

Piotr Lakomy, Untitled (Spider House), 2016Aluminium honeycomb, insulation foam, paint86 x 70 cm

Piotr Lakomy

Untitled (Spider House), 2016
Aluminium honeycomb, insulation foam, paint
86 x 70 cm

Piotr Lakomy, Untitled (Nest), 2016Aluminium on honeycomb, fabric (T-shirts), beeswax 240 x 60 x 30 cm

Piotr Lakomy

Untitled (Nest), 2016
Aluminium on honeycomb, fabric (T-shirts), beeswax
240 x 60 x 30 cm

Piotr Lakomy, Untitled (Nest), 2016 Aluminium on honeycomb, fabric (T-shirts), beeswax 240 x 60 x 30 cm

Piotr Lakomy

Untitled (Nest), 2016
Aluminium on honeycomb, fabric (T-shirts), beeswax
240 x 60 x 30 cm

Installation view,

Installation view

Installation view,

Installation view

Installation view,

Installation view

Piotr Lakomy, Untitled, 2016 Aluminium honeycomb, insulation foam, ostrich egg 183 x 113 cm

Piotr Lakomy

Untitled, 2016
Aluminium honeycomb, insulation foam, ostrich egg
183 x 113 cm

Installation view,

Installation view

Piotr Lakomy, Untitled (Cold Feet), 2016 Jacket (Tyvek, feathers) 86 x 70 cm

Piotr Lakomy

Untitled (Cold Feet), 2016
Jacket (Tyvek, feathers)
86 x 70 cm

Installation view,

Installation view

Piotr Lakomy, Untitled, 2016 Body bag, insulation foam, beeswax 183 x 100 cm

Piotr Lakomy

Untitled, 2016
Body bag, insulation foam, beeswax
183 x 100 cm

Piotr Lakomy, Untitled (Airhouse) or (Windhouse), 2016 Body bag, ostrich eggs250 x 150 cm

Piotr Lakomy

Untitled (Airhouse) or (Windhouse), 2016
Body bag, ostrich eggs
250 x 150 cm

Piotr Lakomy, Untitled (Airhouse) or (Windhouse), 2016 Body bag, ostrich eggs 250 x 150 cm

Piotr Lakomy

Untitled (Airhouse) or (Windhouse), 2016
Body bag, ostrich eggs
250 x 150 cm

Piotr Lakomy, Untitled, 2016Bamboo, aluminium honeycomb, beeswax 183 x 8 cm

Piotr Lakomy

Untitled, 2016
Bamboo, aluminium honeycomb, beeswax
183 x 8 cm

Piotr Lakomy, Untitled, 2016Bamboo, aluminium honeycomb, beeswax 183 x 8 cm

Piotr Lakomy

Untitled, 2016
Bamboo, aluminium honeycomb, beeswax
183 x 8 cm

Piotr Lakomy, Untitled, 2016 Bamboo, aluminium honeycomb, beeswax 183 x 8 cm

Piotr Lakomy

Untitled, 2016
Bamboo, aluminium honeycomb, beeswax
183 x 8 cm