Playing Favorites: Megan True and Lukasz Habiera

Megan True, High School Summer Education Intern and FWMoA Teen Council member. Photo courtesy of Megan True.

We’ve asked FWMoA staff the hardest question you can ask art museum people: so, what is your favorite artwork currently on display? As “art museum people”, we often get asked about our favorite artists, artworks, and the art we choose to hang on our own walls. Since not all of our staff are front-end, and not all of them write for the blog, this series gives everyone a chance to get to know them, too. Taking advantage of our rotating exhibitions of artworks, from painted portraits to sculpted bronzes, FWMoA staff from all departments are choosing artworks that enthrall and enchant them; or, in other words, playing favorites.

Megan True is the High School Summer Education Intern and a member of the FWMoA Teen Council. To familiarize herself with our exhibitions and collection, we sent her to the galleries. Her current favorite? Łukasz Habiera’s ILLUSIONS OF MIND in Next Wave: New Contemporaries of the Abstract Movement.

An abstract painting using blocks of pinks and purples that make it appear as if the artwork has "glitched".
Łukasz Habiera, Polish, b. 1980. ILLUSION OF MIND. Acrylic on canvas, 2020. Loan from the Artist. Image courtesy of the Artist.

Q: What is the first thing you noticed about this artwork? What drew you to this particular piece?

A: The color scheme drew me to the piece. It reminds me of a sunset, and the colors are very calming. The second thing I noticed was how it fades into almost a glitch. Despite the full piece being abstract, we can still tell that whatever is the subject in the piece is glitching.

Q: Would you hang this artwork in your home? Why or why not?

A: I would definitely hang this in my home. As you look at it, you seem to always find something new. It is a very interesting piece and looking at it often would not bore me.

Q: What does this artwork mean to you?

A: The color scheme reminds me of the artwork of Ales and Renata Pancner, who I used to study under.

Q: Why did you choose to intern at an art museum?

A: I’m interested in the business side of the arts, so interning was very important for me to understand what it’s like “behind-the-scenes”. Also, I am a part of the museum’s Teen Council and have visited since I was a child. So, it was not a hard choice to come back and intern with FWMoA!

Q: What is your favorite exhibition at FWMoA (then or now)? What exhibition are you most looking forward to in the next year or two?

A: The Color X Color: Selections from the Chuck Sperry Archive exhibition is probably my favorite right now. The art style is very similar to what I make at school, so I love seeing how it is done professionally.

Q: What kind of art do you create?

A: I tend to work with ink, using stippling, line work, and other shading techniques to create portraits.

When you next visit FWMoA, check out this and other works by Łukasz Habiera in Next Wave: New Contemporaries of the Abstract Movement, on exhibit through August 28th, 2022.

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