"Hollow Blocks in a Windowless Room"
with cameo appearances by
Robert Barry, Susanne Kriemann, Paweł Kruk, Małgorzata Mazur and Agnieszka Polska
curated by Sebastian Cichocki
Knoll Galerie, Vienna
The exhibition revolves around excerpts from “Minus Twelve”, Robert Smithson’s notes on the qualities of minimal art (1968).
All the displayed objects—artworks, documents and found objects—are
related to the “Mirage” project (2011-ongoing) by the visual artist
Łukasz Jastrubczak and the curator Sebastian Cichocki—which initially
materialized as the book of the same title. It consisted of
correspondence between the authors, in the form of a game or “duel” of
images and text. Jastrubczak’s photographs arose during the artist’s
journey around the United States, and Cichocki’s textual responses
(treated as “curatorial guides and references”) were written in Poland
and based, in part, on earlier essays by Smithson and other artists
active in the 60s and 70s. In response to photographs sent by email,
texts arose that were guides for the taking of subsequent photos, and
so on. The authors had only 24 hours to respond.
book was then reinterpreted in a series of staged lectures, concerts,
public readings, and finally the film “Mirage: In Order of Appearance”.
The film was shot in the summer of 2014, when the authors decided to go
on an American journey in the footsteps of theirs protagonists: the
pioneer of green conceptualism John G. Lee, his partner Anna Zaloon and
the teenage hitchhiker Mia.
"Mirage, In Order of Appearance", film
"Hollow Blocks in a Windowless Room" installation
Paweł Kruk, Agnieszka Polska,
"Walking on Spiral Jetty", audio record
Małgorzata Mazur, Susane Kriemann
Małgorzata Mazur "Sand Heap in Passaic"
"Sand Heap" in front of Knoll Galerie, removed the day after the opening by the street maintainance
Some elements in the exhibitions are cameo appearances by
guest artists (including the legendary conceptual artist, Robert
Barry), works interwoven into the somehow cinematic sequence of events.