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Absurd tajemnicy
The Absurd of Secrets

Author(s): Adam Sobota
Subject(s): Fine Arts / Performing Arts
Published by: Akademia Sztuk Pięknych im. Eugeniusza Gepperta we Wrocławiu
Keywords: reality is a vision; vision is the reality; theatralisation

Summary/Abstract: Tomasz Sikorski likes theatrical effects. He combines painterly material with texts, pictures with performances. His recent exhibition was entitled “The Absurd Secrets of Hidden Existential Forces”. It was organised by the Bureau of Artistic Exhibitions in Bielsko-Biala. He showed objects and organised a theatre performance. In his dramas, Sikorski concentrates on such subjects as the conflict between the unity of existence and its dualistic interpretation, the relationship between life and death, and the destructive nature of the mankind. In the catalogue, which accompanied the “Transgression Two” exhibition, Sikorski wrote that there were the ways of combining extremely different elements in art. He believes that the reality is a vision, and vision is the reality. Theatralisation is his strategy. He uses it in order to reveal the meaning of objects. Performances and installations include the element of theatralisation. Sikorski’s performances can be considered in the context of anecdotes and allegories used by the Baroque and the Renaissance artists. His installation entitled “Absurd Secret” include three metal tables with rusted tops, twelve plates with uneaten food, bottles with medicine, and mummified insects. Nylon bags filled with water are hanging from the tables. The artist suggested that the tables were used by twelve people who left the party after eating their dinner. Under the surface of things, there are “hidden forces”, which cannot be comprehended. His installation refers to the Last Supper and the “vanity art”. The duality of life and death is revealed in Sikorski’s “The Teaching on How to Listen to Bones”. He built a set of wooden walls, 3x3 metres, and 130 metres high. There is a fabric membrane, which trembles when loudspeakers, placed underneath the membrane, broadcast sounds. On the membrane, there are hundreds of chicken bones, which jump, when stimulated by sounds. The artist said that people should listen and sing, because, when they don’t listen, they cannot hear a singer singing. We should probably “teach” the bones to listen and dance. Sikorski’s suggestion are simple and refined, symbolic and grotesque. He uses different material for his installations, and he sometimes combines pictures, drawings and objects.

  • Issue Year: 44/2004
  • Issue No: 01+02
  • Page Range: 20-21
  • Page Count: 2
  • Language: Polish