We took a trip to the Tate, and normally, art galleries don’t particularly interest me. I walk around slightly dazed and confused, watching as other people undercover all these deep meanings behind a piece of art, things which I believe looks like a child painted…or simply a few coloured squares on a canvas, which yes is all well and good to look at; but if that can make it into the Tate, then where is the line drawn exactly? But art is subjective, and I’m no expert and won’t claim to be. Either way, whilst wandering around hoping to be awe-struck, I found this sculpture: ‘FGF Warsaw’ (above) by Polish artist and sculpture Pawel Althamer.
It stood out visually to me; the space is simplistic and basic but has a huge amount of character. I also thought the inclusion of moving image was unique, to see the merging of different types of art was a great addition, and changes the piece as a whole – bringing in contemporary forms that engage us all so intensely this day in age. When I looked at this piece, I actually managed to immediately and effortlessly see a variety of different meanings and possibilities behind what was created. I was able to think of all the different back-stories that came behind this space; what it meant to me and what it means to the artist are totally different things of course but when I look at this piece I see possibilities: a character who lives there, how they got there, why they live in such simplicity, all the things those walls have seen; even where it would lie in the world and what I could create if this was the predominant setting to a film.
So, yes this piece managed to spark interest and inspiration. I did conduct some further research, and found that it is in fact a collaboration piece with other artists working from the Foksal Gallery Foundation, based in Poland. I found the idea of combining art work and the different forms of art to create one, big, mobile piece interesting: the painting (ceiling) was created by Wilhelm Sasnal, the video on the wall by Artur Zmijewski, and something that seems so simple: the door handle, designed by Monika Sosnowska. Bringing all these artists together leads to a room which literally radiates their own individual elements and styles in a space open to everyone, a quote I found on the piece that I found interesting (despite coming across it on Wikipedia) reads:
‘Each of the participants had at his/her disposal “a space of their own” […], where they could build elements of their own visual language, and the “common space” open to everyone, where they could conduct simultaneous dialogues with the other participants. All without using words.’
Yes, Wikipedia is an unreliable source but; I still find that quote by Pawel inspiring, and think it conveys the power of the inanimate and the forms of art which lets us communicate without having to directly speak to each other.
As an aspiring film maker, this one piece has sparked countless ideas that I will write into pitches, and expand.
To read more on this piece go to: http://inhabitat.com/pawel-althamers-fgf-warsaw-is-part-mobile-gallery-part-art-installation-in-london/pawel-althamer2/?extend=1
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