Territories - The Container

Video and installation works by five Polish artists. Territories will make an attempt at identifying existential positions of human beings in an ultra-modern world where spaces are prone to ruptures and detachments.
30.03 - 26.04: Iwo Rutkiewicz
Udstillingsperiode:
30-03-2015 - 26-04-2015
Medie:
Video
Titel:
Territories - The Container
Kunstner:
Iwo Rutkiewicz
Territories
Video and installation works by five Polish artists: Adam Witkowski, Dominik Lejman, Kaja Dobrowolska, Katarzyna Józefowicz, and Iwo Rutkiewicz 
Curated by Aleksandra KsiężopolskaPresented in the Demo Room at Galleri Image
26.01.15 - 30.06.15

Territories is not about presenting a regional survey of the Polish art scene. It is rather a curatorial inquiry into places, spaces and relationships. The focus here is to concentrate on the very essence of imaginary spaces, created by the artists, offering few dimensional layers for discussion. Territories will make an attempt at identifying existential positions of human beings in an ultra-modern world where spaces are prone to ruptures and detachments. The process of identifying and re-identifying social and cultural relationships is a recurring feature in most of the works.

Iwo Rutkiewicz
Video: The Container, 2010 (6:41)
30.03- 26.04

Reflecting on the theme of the typology of contemporary art galleries Iwo Rutkiewicz’s video titled The Container documents the juxtaposition between realities: the modern architecture and the concept of exhibiting art. Consecutive moving images are shaped by accumulations of big and small which aspire to form a harmonious unity or on the contrary create disturbance. The artist leaves to us, the viewers, the freedom for analysis.
Vast spaces of todays’ boxes for art reach out for gigantism, designed to challenge rather than to cramp or coddle the viewer. Odd proportions and spatiality create possibly opportunities to explore while the verticality, trapezoidal, horizontal or perpendicular lines fairly often become the ornaments themselves. Huge scale, dramatic insides and vastness of the neutral walls seem to breathe and give space for one’s own interpretations. Anonymous characters presented in the quite surreal and hypnotic work The Container seem to relate to those spaces in new ways. Whether it is a single gallery guest or a crowd possibly gathered for the opening night they all seem to be on the way of achieving this. Watching their harmonious, slow motion movements, repetitive gestures and glances one can get a feeling that the law of gravity has ceased to exist. Their behaviour forms a rhythmical choreography in symmetry with the right angles, and verticality of the spaces.

A collaboration between Galleri Image and Laznia Centre for Contemporary Art, Gdansk 
Supported by The Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Copenhagen