At the exhibition, we are displaying unfinished works by craftspeople from the Association Nów. New Craft Poland. Some of the objects were never completed; the artists have worked on others recently and stopped to show them at the exhibition. All have been frozen in time, withhold at a certain stage of the creative process. We don’t know what they were supposed to be like. Their finite form remained solely in the sphere of imagination. This is why the works are described in a conditional mode, which specifies figures by implication – maybe patterns, maybe aspiration. What is implied? Which pattern is it? What is the aspiration? These questions are answered by the artists themselves – in the space of the exhibition, there are links to video interviews with the craftspeople.
The arrangement of the exhibition is supposed to incite the visitor to consider this collection of objects and the relationship between the artists and viewers in the context of the cave allegory. Let us assume that here we see the interior of Plato’s cave. Starting from this premise, we propose several ways of thinking about the exhibition.
Let us try an exercise during which we think the works of the craftspeople are shadows on the walls of a cave, therefore reality as we know it – the sensory, palpable world. While the outlines on a glass pane are those things that cast shadows from outside the wall, therefore, they are ideas. They are the truth to which we do not have access and will never achieve in the sensory world, where material things are transient; they emerge, they perish and change in time. Never [shall we achieve that], even if we were perfecting skills in the everyday, arduous labour ad infinitum. The ideal is like a blinding sun – you have to shade the eyes to be able to see. What is the significance in this scheme, the fact that the works shown at the exhibition are unfinished? What is the role of the artist in these circumstances?
List of objects:
1. Anna Bera (The Whole Elements): This would be a mirror titled “Kształt N.6” [“Shape N.6”]
2. Arkadiusz Szwed: This would be a vase called “Szkielet” [“Skeleton”]
3. Monika Dąbrowska-Picewicz: This would be a bowl called “Oddech” [“Breath”]
4. Monika Skorupska (Mosko Ceramics): This would be a vase called “LAVA”
5. Olga Milczyńska: It is an effort to continue the “TUT” series of vases
6. Square Drop: The piece would have the shape of a cabinet, a pedestal entitled “KOLUMNA” [“COLUMN”]
7. Tartaruga: This would be the “Słońce” [“Sun”] kilim
Exhibition designers: Anna Bera