White; an absolute associated with the beginning and the end, it is, in Schelling’s words a “continuous act of re-interpretation of that which is both material and form, and of a process in which it is forever becoming wholly an idea, pure existence, reality, form and once again transforms itself as form [...] for its existence is form, and form its existence.”
Reflecting on these words, the exhibition at the Rickshaw House Gallery explores that which is complete in its infinite incompletion as an existence, and infinitely incomplete in its completeness as a form. A variety of artists, in a variety ways show together that in their difference they create undeniably one whole, and harmonise with their emotions, as with the visual form- painting, sculpture... some weave their nothingness [Abigail Dace]; others subtly step over the filigree ceramic piano keys of our imagination [Kasia Kałdowska]; or poetic interpretation ,lirycal configuration of the subject [Anna Levy]... others touch on the themes of its symbolism, expressively as well as enigmatically [Angelina Kornecka]; others in symbolic way explore humanity - “heads” [Shivashtie Poonwassie]; and some as melancholic landscapes/gardens [Mariusz Kałdowski] evoking the nostalgia of reality/ the unique atmosphere of the passing moment; [Jolanta Jagiełło] “inspired by metal as a material to create and transform into an object of desire, masking its original native function”; instigator [Lorenzo Belenguer] who reworks metal objects into sculptures, creating conceptually minimal works; for [Enam Gbewonyo] installation “undresses” space/ nature of its decorational aspect; whereas in the painting „striptease/striptiz” [Elżbiety Chojak-Myśko] with brutal directness discovers nudity in her process while getting to the root of the theme; embedded in white as a symbol of innocence; [Maria Kaleta] and her “imagined space” fulfils and completes the symbol of White, defining it as a Game of the Imagination. White as a symbol of perfection, praise, rebirth, purity, measure, sincerity, nobility, arbitration, peace, truth, knowledge, reason, enlightenment, selflessness, empathy, gaiety, atemporality, mouring...
In similarly the range of works presented by [Alex Halfin], [Nick Baelz], [Wit Bogusławski], [ Dawn Stringer], [Marta Fuks–Frankiewicz], [Robert Frankiewicz] complete this statement by underlining the unifying aspect within their differentiation as artists... further the concept of unification through difference...we thus see that everything around us touches on the algorithmic problem of man’s existence, regardless of culture, colour or creed. The artists partaking in the exhibition too belong to the world of Art and their expression is likewise timeless.
All of this we can observe by exploring Elżbieta Chojak-Mysko’s exhibition at the Rickshaw House Gallery. A woman whose idea in creating this exhibition was essential... was form, placed in our surrounding reality, white as absolute. One can observe truths in the fact that white reflects light, fulfilling itself in it, being its visual imitation, a summation of colour- as is the colour white; and using the metaphor white as white light, one can equally say that it is the summation of our emotions, thus ourselves and our existence.
The painting of a white wall [Kasia Kałdowska] ends the exhibition and brings to mind the words of Miłosz, ....“ it is like gazing at a piece of white paper”. Everything at once exists and coexists.
Translated by K. Lachowicz