Jerry Kowalsky was born in 1972 under the name Jeroen Cremers. After his studies at the academy in Maastricht and a number of wanderings via Amsterdam and southern Germany, he has been living and working in Berlin for several years now. Kowalsky paints and creates sculptures. The last one out of cardboard. A material that he started to use by chance, or rather by necessity, and that gradually inspired him more and more. A building material as sober as possible, layered, thick but yet flexible, and known to everyone. Cardboard goes to us all often by hands, but not so quickly in the context of visual art.
Typical for the matter is the restriction on direction that you can give it as a creator. You have to be able to fit into restrictions, which are known in advance, but which you can easily break up over time. And if you can't bend a building material as you like, you need to create your visual power to your material. That requires inner strength. An energy that explores the concept of form in even more layers than the material already has in substance.
Cardboard is a building material that is far removed from the forms of art that want to cling to a feeling of eternity. In doing so, it indicates a realization that nothing is forever. Not only in the choice of materials, banality seems to have an attraction for Kowalsky, you can also see this in his choice of subjects focused on everyday human affairs and characteristics. And its research and use seems to be his way of getting closer to being human.
Text by Marijke Cieraad & Pascalle Mansvelders