We & Art ( Part I )

We&Art by Dominique Sz

By Dominique Sz

The project was attended by people who came to the exhibition opening in The Museum of Textiles in Lodz : METAMORPHISM , on which the works of the Polish sculptor Magadalena Abakanowicz was presented.

I was inspired by Magdalena Abakanowicz’s approach to the fabric and its various forms and its existence in public space.

The people who took acquainted me before the Abakans were fished out of the crowd of guests who went to the exhibition.They very vividly blended in with the works of sculptors.Persons intentionally stand with their backs to the lens so that their faces do not distract attention from the Abakans.

Magdalena Abakanowicz was born 1930 in Falenty near Warsaw, she lived and worked in Warsaw. One of Poland’s most internationally-acclaimed artists, Abakanowicz is known for works that transcend the conventional sphere of sculpture production. She passed away on 21st April 2017.

Abakanowicz studied at the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts between 1950-1954. For a time she tried her hand at painting, producing monumental gouache compositions on cardboard and canvas.

Her first major independent achievement was based on using three-dimensional textiles as a medium. Abakanowicz became intimately associated with soft sculptures known as ‘Abakans’. Abanowicz being interested by the texture of matter, particularly the organic nature of her medium of choice. Abakans – made from dyed sisal fibre – with its multiplied organic nature – was shocking. At exhibitions they were suspended from the ceiling, unidentifiable monsters wrapped in canvas cloth. The artist broke with the tradition of flat surfaces of decorative textiles hung against the walls. Abakans reflected Abakanowicz’s sculptor-like approach to fabric and to the technical possibilities of manipulating the medium. She took advantage of its softness, pliancy, and submissiveness. However, the huge, circular sheets take on an animalistic form under the artist’s touch. Abakans look dangerous, their hides resembling stripped off giant monsters, an effect enhanced by the artist’s use of a superhuman scale for these mysterious beings