Jean Philippe Kadzinski, a French photographer and artist, was born in a small village in Lorraine, not far from Verdun. The area in which he grew to manhood is known for its verdant farmland and industrial manufacturing. Kadzinski spent his boyhood roaming the forests and hills. At age fourteen, he began an apprenticeship at a pipe factory, receiving his mechanical diploma soon thereafter. Toiling in the monotonous exertions of industrial labor, the young Kadzinski thirsted for beauty, creativity and self-actualization. By the age of twenty-nine, Kadzinski severed his industrial chains and sought adventure abroad.
Making his way to Manhattan as one of the millions of hopeful immigrants possessing little more than the determination to work, Kadzinski brought to life his childhood dream of living and working in the land of possibilities. The explosive creative opportunity that is New York City made Kadzinski feel fully alive for the first time. The Big Apple inspired him to capture the vivid, varied fascinations of the world around him. Carefully cultivating his photographic composition and stylistic framework, Kadzinski coalesced his decades of experience with photography into his new avocation. "I instantly felt a connection. The camera is both sensitive and adaptable. With this tool, I could transform banality into beauty and excitement – something I always found myself desiring from a young age."
Kadzinski's aesthetic is comparable to the philosophy of the Post-Impressionism Movement. Like the Post-Impressionists, Kadzinski's oeuvre celebrates the structural designs of the natural and man-made worlds. His work seduces splendor from vivid colors, bold lines and unified form. His vision is deeply personal, forged from the union of all the worlds he has explored. Unrestricted by thematic conception, Kadzinski transfers his vision and soul to his art, allowing viewers to question, reflect or simply take pleasure in the aesthetic he reveals.
Kadzinski's examination of New York City, the Fire Escape series, is a magical display of hope, rhythm and endlessly evolving opportunity. His work evinces his optimistic disposition, characteristic of the energy and vibration charging throughout the city that brought him alive. So much of the fascination the city exerts arises from the organic growth and tension amongst old and new, utilitarian and fantastic. Certain images are inextricably linked to New York City. Kadzinski began photographing what he fears will soon disappear into the voracious maw of the city's continuous reinvention. Iron fire escape ladders, protecting row on row of brick houses, allude to the rise of a mighty metropolis whose foundations lie within these small, homely structures. Kadzinski paced endlessmiles of New York's five boroughs to assemble thousands of unique images, then wove his prototypical observationsinto tapestries of the American immigrant experience.
Kadzinski's collection of reflections is an untouched, organic series whereby the artist multiplies the tessellations of nature and man, revealing endless designs, permutations and dreams. As a process artist, he takes pleasure in detailing each piece without digital manipulation. This arduous, exacting approach compels him into a tangible relationship with his artwork. Through the use of this unique technique, Kadzinski immerses himself fully in each project, continuing his journey toward creative self-discovery.
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