The objective of this site is to open debate about the condition of the human being in the 21st Century. The observations that have been made throughout this site are the result of a personal journey that began in the mid 1960’s progressing sometimes slowly, sometimes in the wrong direction.

In naming his exhibition “In Search of the Watchmaker”, Nick Chlebnikowski reveals at a stroke the profound, simple and provocative characteristic that pervades his work. Sensing that mathematical forms (fractals) are the binding fabric of the universe, his thoughts have materialised via the unexpected medium of art. Doing so, he points towards the necessity for a new form of knowledge through a multi-disciplined approach if we are to survive the 21st Century.

Mathematics is a terrifying word for many, especially for those whose character and trade have led them into humanistic circles. But while a wonder of mathematics and geometry are clearly evident in this work, they enter so naturally as it were, that one hardly knows they are there. Nick puts to himself certain questions, propounds certain problems – of free will, originition,  space and time, and using the language of art, simply calls us to reason together.

Rather, it is the themes and imagery of Nicks paintings some may find daunting. Beginning with the very moment of Creation, the enigmas of the world order are laid out before us. From there, we are plunged into the mystery of physical life, consciousness and free will. It is this last which carries the works through a range of themes: colonization & cultural death, genocide, environmental and  social disintegration, the loss of meaning, finally, to the threshold at which it would appear we now stand - the potential obliteration of  all life.

But then, Nicks intentions throughout have never been to produce works that merely satisfy the senses.

At the same time, Nick is not simply a harbinger of fear and fatalism. In the dark, backward abyss of time from which fractal structures were first born, the same filaments survive with infinitely creative propensities. Nick makes no secret of his own convictions in this respect, and to persons of an artistic or spiritual bent, feeling outnumbered amongst the technological revolutions of our age, these paintings may be as water in the desert.

Cynics of the spiritual side of life, feeling that religion is largely responsible for the social and moral malaise that we find so common in the West, will be reminded by Nicks paintings to re-consider the problem of human free will. But it is from adherents to modern biological concepts of creation that this art will no doubt receive its sharpest criticism, on account of the artists attempt to controvert the ‘facts’ of evolution by using the very weapon by which such practical minded people swear. Yet, even for the proudly sceptical, some value will be found within the sound this work gives out; the cry of an ‘animal’ chained to the common yolk, as a warning that the herd is in danger. Finally, to those merely wanting some mitigation of the daily grind, some more enlightened vision than that which rules the world today, these paintings will perhaps say the most. Shipwrecked on the shoal of time, these vistas, frequently overflowing with beauty, strangeness, doubt, terror and divinity, will be more welcome than anything in modern life.

Nick's journey is far from complete – and indeed, will never be complete. These paintings are but a small summation of a journey to which others will continue to contribute in many different ways. The decision to join the journey with Nick is yours, and you are free to assume that the Watchmaker was blind. 

That is your choice.

 

 

 
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Nick Chlebnikowski: Architect, Artist & Wine Merchant passed away age 63, in the early hours of August 7th, 2009 after a seven month battle with stomach cancer.

Nick Chlebnikowski


VISIT THE WEBSITE OF FELLOW FRACTAL ARTIST,
Derek K. Nielsen.
Click the image below:


http://www.fractalexpressionism.org/

 

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By Dr. Colin Holden. Click the image below:

 

 
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