Social sculpture: Antoni Grabowski, A Fool’s Cage; Krzysztof Franaszek, 24; third year students of the Sculpture Studio at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, The Fall
28-30 June, 2019, Rynek Nowego Miasta
inauguration June 28, 5 pm.
A Fool’s Cage by Antoni Grabowski is an intervention in public space.
The design refers to medieval steel cages in which people were locked and exposed to public view. The cage has the shape of a sphere with a diameter of 210 cm, and it can be raised to a height of 3 m. The object is made of steel, consists of eight spherical triangles, wrapped with barbed wire. A Fool’s Cage is a protest against contemporary slavery, against cages of spirit and mind, against restrictions on civil liberties. The work has many contexts and refers to the recipient's personal experiences.
Antoni Grabowski – a Polish sculptor, set designer, and teacher at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. He was born in Zakopane in 1967. Antoni Grabowski studied at the Faculty of Sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw in the years 1986 -1991. Then he received a DAAD scholarship (German Academic Exchange Office) to study at the Academy of Fine Arts in Düsseldorf in 1994-1995. His was awarded a doctorate degree in 2001for his work called Human Body Imprints.
In 1992 he became an assistant professor at the Sculpture Studio at the Faculty of Interior Design at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. Since the academic year 2003/2004, he has been running the Sculpture and Drawing Studio at the Faculty of Interior Design at the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts. In 1992 he received the first prize in the Competition for Young Polish Artists for a Fine Art, organized in the Annex Gallery by the Representation of the European Economic Community in Poland.
He is the author of cast iron books: The Decalogue and Seven Deadly Sins. Since 1999 he has been creating the collection of imprints of the bodies of his friends, which he presented at the exhibition War in a Human Being as Purgatorium (Purgatory).
He is the author of the SALIGIA installation, which consists of seven four-meter tall columns – "roly-poly dolls". SALIGIA was exhibited in the courtyard of the new Academy of Fine Arts building at Wybrzeże Kościuszkowskie 37, in CRP in Orońsko, in MCSW "Elekrownia" in Radom and in MCK "Sokół" in Nowy Sącz. The artist created numerous set designs and happenings. He has also carried out several projects in urban space, including The Planets of the Solar System at the Copernicus Monument in Krakowskie Przedmieście, and the concept of spatial development of St. John Paul II Square in Grodzisk Mazowiecki.
In 2014, Antoni Grabowski made a two-meter medallion of cast iron and bronze dedicated to the Odyssey of the 2nd Corps, which was mounted at Monte Casino in Italy on the 70th anniversary of the battle.
He also took part in the 18th Asian Art Biennale Bangladesh 2018.
The sculpture 24 by Krzysztof Franaszek is a hyperrealistic man lying on the ground in the cross position. An object made of plastic and clothes creates the illusion of a real person. It draws attention with its realism, and suggestive form, it provokes interest and anxiety. The sculpture illustrates the possible moment in which people seek answers, spiritual support or faith in change. It can also be an expression of anger, helplessness, penance or despair. The social dimension of work is extremely important - that is why it will be very important to place the installation in a public space in which contact with the passers-by will be guaranteed and the spatial context will enable a broad interpretation of the work. The life-size sculpture is integrated, hardened and reliably mounted, which will prevent its displacement.
Krzysztof Franaszek – a Polish sculptor, installation artist, teacher at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. He was born in 1981 in Lublin. The artist creates sculptures, objects, installations and drawings. He is a graduate of the Faculty of Sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw (diploma in 2006) and holds a PhD in Fine Arts (2013).
He received a scholarship to study at the studio of Christian Jankowski at the Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Stuttgart (2005) and a scholarship from the Minister of Culture and National Heritage (2009, 2018).
He presented his works at seven individual exhibitions, participated in several collective exhibitions and projects in Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, the USA, Russia, Lithuania, Ukraine, Bangladesh and India. Since 2006, he has been working at he Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. Since 2013 he has been running the Space, Sculpture and Drawing Workshop at the School of Applied Computer Science and Management at the Department of Graphics.
• Things that Draw us in - an individual exhibition at the Le Guern Gallery in Warsaw
• Asian Art Bienalle Bangladesh 2018 – participation in the international contemporary art bienalle in Bangladesh, 01-30/09/2018
• Sharpened - an individual exhibition of sculpture, Korekta Gallery in Warsaw, 10/11/2017
• an active portal - an exhibition in the public space of the skarpa rewelacja, art bienalle by Culture Shock Foundation, Warsaw 2015
• obelisk – an individual exhibition, Bank Pekao Project Room, Centre for Contemporary Art, Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw 2013
• Asphalt – an individual exhibition at the Studio Gallery, Warsaw 2009/10
• Asphalt2 as part of lubelskie refleksje, BWA Lublin, Grodzka Gallery 2010
• Move - participation in the New European Media Art exhibition, Halle 2009
• Shut Down, as a part of: Under the Skin. New video from Poland, New Museum, New York City 2008
• EuroUfo - installation in public space, as a part of the MachtRaum project, Berlin 2008
• EPAF 2007 - participation in the performance festival, Centre for Contemporary Art, Warsaw 2007
• Kunstmuseum - Staatliche Akademie - collective exhibition under the direction of Christian Jankowski at the Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, joint work on the multimedia transmission project: Kunstmuseum -Staatliche Akademie 2005.
The Fall was an idea – a starting point for 3rd year students of full-time studies at the Sculpture and Drawing Studio at the Faculty of Interior Design of the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, led by dr Antoni Grabowski and dr Krzysztof Franaszek.
The students carved their characters, their alter ego in motion just before the fall, for a split second before the gravitational contact with the ground. The sculptures are made of mesh and plaster on a steel structure. Inspiration came from a desire to undermine the principles of traditional sculpture, according to which the sculpture as an object must be optically balanced, and is supposed to stand.
The Fall is a study of expressive movement, it causes a feeling of uneasiness in the viewer.
The loss of balance can also be interpreted as emotional or spiritual instability.
Third year students of the Sculpture Studio at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw: Klaudia Bartkowska, Patrycja Dyda, Małgorzata Januszko, Emilia Kachniarz, Krzysztof Kluziński, Klaudia Kryczko, Gabriela Kulma, Ewelina Potocka, Zuzanna Rusin, Karolina Rutkowska, Emilia Sztandera, Dominik Szumlak.
- Data: Friday, 28 June 2019