Cracow, 15.04.2023 - 30.04. 2023

The base that forms chewing gums contains elastomers, paraffin, petroleum waxes, polyethylene and also polyisobutylene or butylhydroxyanisole, among others. Thus, we are chewing a colored, sweetened and flavored plastic that does not dissolve in water or digestive juices. It does not biodegrade, thus gaining a kind of immortality in our ecosystem.

Since the mid-19th century, when their mass production began in the United States, rubbers have become synonymous with the American way of life. They traveled around the globe, following businessmen and soldiers carrying the new world order. Despite its malleability, rubber for life remains durable. You can mold it indefinitely, and it will remain wonderfully malleable and susceptible to manipulation.

Completed in Japan, the series "Sugar-free" consists of dozens of black-and-white photographs, a selection of which is presented at the exhibition. These are registrations of plastic activities, which can be perversely described as a study of sculpture. The artist forms arrangements and textures that affect us like a Rorschach test.

Rorschach test, evoking sudden and surprising associations. They take on our projections and - already frozen in a photographic frame - constantly experience interpretive transformation.
These temporary micro-sculptures, combine the synthetic with the biological. They are a mixture of plastic and saliva constructing an enigmatic story played out on the border of political and aesthetic order.In an absurd way monumentalizing the marginal, Bujak's works provoke questions about the mechanisms of constructing identity and disciplining societies, but also the processes of hierarchization of visual reality.