Henryk Gallery, Cracow, PL

Once, walking by waste containers, I discovered a damaged painting. Sitting next to the green bin, it willy-nilly drew my attention. An odd piece in the recycling hierarchy. Failed? Inconsistent with original intention? Discarded and doomed to oblivion/destruction? An element in the creative process with its final end in the dump. The piece turned out to be Tomek Kręcicki’s. The event of discovering a painting in the heap of rotting rubbish was my starting point and inspiration for creating an exhibition on the contemporary (over)production of art objects, and, further, on the status of the artwork and an alternative circulation of artworks i.e. the art world factory waste.My exhibition idea was put into practice by reaching out to men and women artists with a call for creative refuse, discards, defective objects, which they had written off. My proposal was received with differing reactions and the very concept of a ‘manufacturing defect’ or a ‘discard’ was variously interpreted by the artists. Specially for the occasion, Jerzy Kosałka created a new work – a record of a failed attempt at making a copy of a black square on a white background. Paweł Matyszewski followed a different path – towards abandoned artworks – and exhibits previously unpublicized artworks. Tomek Kręcicki dragged out ‘rubbish’ from the abyss of his studio, while Joanna Rajkowska shared one of her abandoned casts. The question arose in the context of the error and its limits, eliciting individual responses from Kuba Ciężki and Adrian Kolerski.Collected artworks will be exhibited under the combined, collective title Out of Sight, Out of Mind / OOSOOM / suggesting the realm of the art world to which access is denied. At once absent and transparent, but also intentionally concealed from the external gaze.

Artists: Jakub Ciężki, Bartosz Czarnecki, Bartosz Kokosiński, Adrian Kolerski, Jerzy Kosałka, Tomasz Kręcicki, Paweł Matyszewski, Cyryl Polaczek, Joanna Rajkowska, Michał Sroka

Curator: Aleksander Celusta