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"An Aqueous State" exhibition by Janusz Wrobel at Burligton Art Gallery in Ontario.


An Exhibition at Burlington Art Gallery.

I did not choose the place and time of my birth, but the consequences influenced my life. Neither did I pick a tool; I stumbled upon it accidentally in my young, formative years. It helped me to slow down my otherwise distracted and racing mind. Photography made me think much harder about what I was looking at. The prohibitive cost of materials and long darkroom hours motivated me to synthesize my views better before I “clicked.” Unaware then, I adopted a process that gradually shaped how I view the world around me and communicate. Quite possibly, I do it better in visual language than in written language. Consequently, English, my fourth spoken language, remains a work in progress.​

In my university years, I joined four peers with a similar trade of visual perception. We formed the Student Photographic Agency to interpret the changing world around us. Earning recognition in this capacity, we worked at International Jazz, Open Theater Festivals, and the World Triennial of Drawing. The chance to encounter creative individuals from worldwide and their work, interpreting them through my medium, was undoubtedly influential. Working as a team with my colleagues on our joint exhibition projects at home and abroad made me aware of how this cooperation amplified our creativity.

I now see my life and everything around it as continuously evolving processes. Regardless of historical, political, and cultural starting points, the outcome always matters to me. In the last two decades, the interaction process between the natural biosphere and human ecology has been a subject of my main interest. The cultural changes in our society made exhibiting my work in public and private galleries no longer attainable. However, my focus or the need to communicate has not changed.

Janusz Wrobel in his Hillcrest Studio

Janusz Wrobel in his former studio, Dundas, Ontario.

Janusz Wrobel - Hurricane River.

Janusz Wrobel paddling a river of the Great Canadian Shield environment.

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