16.05 - 30.06.2014: COLD, WARM AND NONHUMAN
Tomek Baran, Łukasz Jastrubczak, Jacek Kołodziejski, grupa Opcja, Łukasz Prus-Niewiadomski, Michał Smandek, Łukasz Trzciński
Curator: Łukasz Białkowski
The exhibition Cold, Warm and Nonhuman consists of several made statements about what is often ignored in gallery spaces, namely its temperatures, its smells, its randomly reverberating sounds, the silent presence of those that are guarding the exhibitions, as well as several other phenomena.
When exhibiting works at BWA Sokół, special attention is always given to that never-ending game that artists and curators undergo with exhibition spaces and all the challenges that these may imply. The goal of such games is usually one of attempting to divert attention, or to hide those aspects of the exhibition that are beyond anyone's control. As it were these can comprise a quite large number of nonhuman factors: dust, lamps, heaters, ventilators, stains, microbes, carefully obscured multimedia equipment, reflections on the windows, things that are seen outside the window etc… It should be pointed out that this exhibition is in no way an institutional critique, nor an experiment of any sorts. That would be too human after all.
What is rather suggested here above all is namely to take into account, or maybe even to recognise, the rights that these cold walls, that these under-lit nooks and crannies, that these emergency exit signs have in being considered elements just as important in an exhibition. In trying to express this, the BWA Sokół is an especially interesting space with its concrete walls suddenly interspersed with sandstone, its huge windows, its terrace, which offers a panoramic view of Nowy Sącz's Old City. And so all of these human as well as nonhuman factors – the artists' works, the gallery's personnel, and the history itself of the building – will come together for a month and a half and thus become a living breathing conglomerate.
We would like to also take this opportunity to thank everyone as well as everything, including among others the birds behind the windows, the insects (living and dead), the sunlight, the sound waves, as well as the people – human as much as nonhuman – that have contributed towards the creation of this exhibition.
Jacek Kołodziejski, a photo from the series Lady in the Gallery, 2014
Opcja Group, Spatial Visualisation of a Sound Wave, 2012, installation © StudioFILMLOVE
Tomek Baran, untitled, 2014, enamel on linen