BODY, SPIRIT, REVOLT
PERFORMANCE, PHOTOGRAPHY, CONCEPT.
CONTEMPORARY ART FROM CENTRAL EUROPE.
12.04.18 - 30.04.18
@ 42 MASLAK, 42 Shops Art!SPACE Gallery
Of what essence is the creation? Matter, or energy? Body, or spirit? Quantum
mechanics has recently discovered that a photon (light) is both capable of
being a wave (spirit) or a material particle (body) depending on the observer‘s
standpoint. It seems that the two dialectical contradictions, matter (body, mass)
and spirit (idea, energy, wave) are revolting against each other in an irreconcilable
contention. However, it is us revolting against accepting the dialectical concord
as it is us who keep the transcendent faculty to comprehend it. And art? Art is
a strategy reconciling the two ostensible antinomies: an artist’s spirit raises its
material medium (the matter assessable to our senses and aesthetic judgment)
to the realm of ideas, making it inspired – while becoming itself embodied
into the artwork the artist has created. Think for instance of a sculptor who
breathes life into a cold mass. It does not make difference whether it is literally or
metaphorically as in any act of artistic creation, does not make a difference – the
spirit becomes embodied, and body inspired. It is a creator’s act. (Therefore,
religions and mythologies warn humans of taking pride in being as the Creator
when depicting the Creation.) Finally, the artists from Central Europe presented at
the exhibition deepen our and their understanding of the subject as they go to the
level of our simple human experience. Recruiting their bodies as a mean of artistic
expression or a theme in many diverse ways, they meet their vulnerable human
souls and make us meet our, the observers‘ bodies and souls. Martin Maryška.
The conflict between the soul and body is a popular medieval literary genre. It
involves a battle between two elements of a human being over which of them is
responsible for a person’s sins and the means by which one prepares for the life
that follows death. The body refuses to consider this part, feeling that it would be
somewhat handicapped in the moment. But the soul, which may be pushed into
the background in the course of one’s life, now feels as if it is on firmer ground.
Reflections on the body and soul always have this character. We alternately
swing from one side to the other and with indecision we strive to articulate the
singularity with which we live in practice. This cannot be rendered in any way
other than dialogically. However, even language is of little help to us. We say:
I have a body, I have a soul, as we would want to show that we are yet a third
person who possesses.
For expression of youth, however, it does not suffice to say: I have a young body.
Nor does it make sense to say: I have a Czech body, Polish body, Turkish body. I
have a body at the beginning of the new millennium, I have a body in the era of
digital communication, I have a body of the memory of my birth, I have a body
of compassion. Despite that, we can express all of these concepts using a body
of artworks. When the body appears in art, we feel that the soul will be nearby.