- THE KINGDOM, Peace end 2013, 250 x 150 cm
- THE KINGDOM, Loi spectrale du rayonnement 2011, 240 x 130 cm
- THE KINGDOM, Above 2010, 220 x 142 cm
- THE KINGDOM, Veil of Isis 2013, 295 x 160 cm
- THE KINGDOM, Moon above clouds 2008, 208 X 125 cm
- THE KINGDOM, Bardo Thodol 2009, 180 cm x 216 cm
- THE KINGDOM, Fear 2011, 288 x 180 cm
- THE KINGDOM, Stellar Lights 2008, 208 x 125 cm
- THE KINGDOM, Déluge 2012, 276 x 180 cm
- THE KINGDOM, Ouverture 2009, 209 x 125 cm
- THE KINGDOM, Above 2009, 209 x 125 cm
- THE KINGDOM, Dyauh 2009, 210 x 125 cm
- THE KINGDOM, Hope, 349 x 180 cm
- THE KINGDOM, Duality 2013, 327 x 180 cm
THE KINGDOM, 2009-2015
Drawing inspiration for his work from a variety of sources over the years such as traditional oriental texts (including the Tibetan Book of the Dead) or the history of Western art, Janiak created strikingly powerful ensembles in which human figures were replaced by nature and ideas.
The Kingdom, which he began in 2008, constituted a key stage in this protracted process. These large photographs of turbulent skies, vehicles for the primal energy revealed by the transformation of clouds, reprised the digital editing technique pioneered in his matte paintings. Since 2009, SJ has set new parameters on this research by restricting himself to the techniques of analog photography, namely double exposure, superimposition and photomontage.
This consummate master of digital editing abandoned what people were all too ready to consider his main forte. This limited range of options has proved fruitful, leading him to perfect increasingly complex systems in the in/outdoor studio.
The breath-taking quality of these works was followed by equally striking series in which Janiak depicted the normally invisible forces which shape and alter reality. This constituted both a personal quest and a game for this artist driven by the desire to look beyond surface appearances. Ever alert and tirelessly challenging the world, Janiak outlined responses and suggestions through the medium of images.
The Kingdom takes its inspiration from the Tibetan Book of the Dead, the Bardo Thodol. Its main theme is the duality faced by man since his creation, expressed in terms of a struggle between light and nothingness.
The attraction exerted by light invites us to make an inner journey. We often encounter this phenomenon, or miracle, without noticing it, as if deaf or blind, but there exists before our very eyes an invisible realm much vaster then the visible world.