Manufacturers, witnesses and counterfeitersKarolina Słomiany, Glasgow School of Art
The exhibition is opened by a portrait of women making objects of everyday use. Images based on objects, patterns, designs created in mass production or created by ordinary people are the theme of works by Marzena Nowak, Bownik, Joanna Malinowska and Olga Wolniak. In these works lies the question of the artists’ being inspired by objects made by anonymous creators, but also about elementary issues on identity of the artist – both a creator and craftsman, an individual influenced by everyday life. Włodzimierz Pawlak frequently asks such elementary questions in his work. One of his paintings is a painting palette. Wojciech Gilewicz abandons his canvases in public, exposing them to random people. So different from Gilewicz’s mimicry are the works of Jerzy Nowosielski, associated with the icon theory. Painting sacred works, in line with the strict rules developed over centuries, is a craftsmanship masterpiece, a form of meditation as well as a desire for God. Zbigniew Rogalski, who often focuses on art in his work, portrayed himself and is partner painting banknotes. Their home becomes a workshop, and the artist becomes a manufacturer of articles of everyday use, but also a counterfeiter of reality.