WarsawC.T. Jasper & Joanna Malinowska: Jurassic Garden
Jurassic Garden, an exhibition by two Polish-born, New York-based artists, C.T. Jasper and Joanna Malinowska focuses on a series of large-scale woodcut prints. It is a sudden and very intentional detour in the work of the two artists who usually operate in the realm of new media and installation. A woodcut technique to an inexperienced woodcut-maker is like having one’s hand transformed into a bear paw or Yeti’s pad – incapable of subtlety and refinement. This unanticipated return to primal techniques is a way of processing the current and complex global situation, an attempt to reunite with the ordinary, everyday materials and methods of creation. An attempt to grasp and understand what is happening in front of our eyes through the imagery of Jurassic reptiles and the feeling that the fate of the world is out of our control. Jasper’s and Malinowska’s woodcuts are inspired by the iconography of early Japanese Godzilla films, mixed with the visions of Hieronymus Bosch and a punk-rock sense of anarchy. Fire and sulfur, glaring rays, and hisses. Scaled backs and monstrous tails. In addition to the two-dimensional works on paper, the gallery space, like a Platonic cave, is filled with sculptures of bone-fires (inspired by the freak incident of the Gdańsk Catholic priests burning books, Hello Kitty umbrellas and non-Western masks) and cardboard robots, inept versions of the more sophisticated ones from the sci-fi films, mindlessly bouncing around against the gallery walls and other obstacles.
Exhibition in the frame of Warsaw Gallery Weekend
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