Systematic Compositions are artful constructions of hypnotizing scenes depicting empires, as well as social achievements on a smaller, human scale, in a state of ruin. More specifically, these configurations come to represent very personal moments in the artist’s and viewer’s life when he or she wrestles with, or surrenders to, the impermanence of history, the idea of order and control as a social construct, and the fact of disorder, decline, and death.
Photographer Bart Synowiec challenges viewers to make peace with disruptive imagery that captures the friction between opposing forces in a single moment in time. He constructs spectacles of destruction; he designs with discord, harnessing chaos with math, speaking of community with abandonment and loss, and addressing the intersection of artistic intent and viewer readings with respect and subtlety. Is there ultimately a feeling of harmony or distress? Where some feel Synowiec’s power to finesse our perceptions of structure and balance has a calming effect, others are more relieved by the spaces in which there is discernable disagreement with Synowiec’s attempt.