Mind Exhibition and Artist Reception: Photographs by Petr Bednarik

There are no walls but windows and doors. II

Bednarik_Petr_PragueA while ago when I had my first exhibition I was asked to write a statement. At that time I said there is no statement to it, since there is no concept to what I do. I document only. And I did. However, later on I realized that the images I was creating were talking back to me. There were telling me who I am. I came to see I did not document only. I was reflecting my self upon what I photographed. I photographed myself through the landscape surrounding me.

When thinking about the name and the concept for this exhibit I wanted to just say it in a few simple words. There are no walls, but windows and doors.There is no we and the other. There is no I and them. Even if we like to separate ourselves from others, or distance ourselves from the other, and even if we build those walls we still put the doors and the windows in them as deep inside of our subconscious. We know the walls we build are just a product of our imagination and fantasy.

In reality, there is no division between we and what we think we see. There are no walls. The windows and the doors are there for us to realize it. To help us with that realization. You can look from one side and see me and you can look from the other side and see the outer through me. When you change the sides again and again, quickly enough, so quickly your head starts spinning, you will loose the frame of the window from your sight and everything becomes one. Then you realize there really are no walls, there is no separation, there is just oneness. The "I" is there only for the grammatical reason. Same for the time. There is no will be and there is no was. There is just "is".

Now I can say I am not photographing just the reflection of myself but of who we are, what we are, of that oneness we are a part of, of that big "is".

My name is Petr Bednarik.
I was born in a beautiful country called the Czech Republic.
I have Masters Degree in Forestry.
I have lived my life to its full potential.
If there are any doors left I will open them.
If there are any windows left I will pull them out of its hinges.
When I leave my cup will be empty.

I approve this message.

But does it really matter? What really matters? Do you know?


Join us Thursday, February 7, 2013 from 6PM - 8PM for the artist reception.

This exhibition is free and open to the general public.

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