Goliszewski’s Residency in Japan
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Blackwater is Jerzy Goliszewski’s latest installation and results from a several-month stay in Sapporo, Japan.
Jerzy Goliszewski installing Blackwater, photo: Harebare Shashin
Sapporo is a city of mystery and it is somewhat inhospitable for pedestrians, in particular foreign ones. The buildings have very few windows and the ones that exist are usually covered from the inside. There is a huge complex of underground passages and tunnels that sits under the city and stretches from the centre to the suburbs.
The mystery that Jerzy Goliszewski describes as surrounding this place was the inspiration for the latest work by the artist. His Blackwater installation will be included in the Travelling Art exhibition and was the result of his residency with the Sapporo Artist program.
The city turned out to be like a dark and deep sea, where the water was a kind of black that only allowed you to see the surface; even if you dove into the water you wouldn’t be able to see much more. Nevertheless, the surface has a lot to offer. Observing it is like watching the entrance to an ant nest, fascinating and yet guarding its secret.
Jerzy Goliszewski, Blackwater installation, photo: Harebare Shashin
The installation consists of 352 parts that are all the same height but have different widths, from 20 cm to 140 cm. The artist used a special black fabric with white lining that is used in the manufacture of umbrellas, tents and raincoats. The whole structure is kinetic and was placed in an underground corridor to respond to airflow. Gusts of wind caused by the nearby subway system raise components of the installation to reveal what lays beneath.
The Sapporo Artist in Residency program (S-AIR) began in 1999 as a residency for artists and curators in visual arts from around the world. Since 2004 it has worked as a non-profit organisation supported by the Japanese Agency for Cultural Affairs. Residencies last from a few months to a year and the program has hosted 77 artists from 32 countries so far. In 2010 S-AIR was awarded the Global Citizenship Award from the Japan Foundation. Goliszewski is only the second Polish artist to participate, after Monika Sosnowska's residency in 2003.
Jerzy Goliszewski (born 1981) studied painting and graphics at the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts. In 2008 he was presented the Józef Szajna Award and in 2010 was a recipient of the CEC ArtsLink Award in New York City. He specialised in installation, painting and printmaking and enjoys creating site-specific projects. Constructing intricate, complex structures with simple materials reflects his interest in nature and the ability for form to complement dynamism and yet remain basic. His works have been presented in locations in Warsaw such as the Le Guern Gallery, the Theatre Institute and the Pracownia Miejsce Gallery. He also has held shows at SPACES in Cleveland, Ohio, and in Berlin at the Weissfaktor Gallery. He participated in the 6th Young Triennial at the Centre of Polish Sculpture in Orońska and at the Wola Art Festival.
The exhibition Travelling Art will feature Jerzy Goliszewski’s piece until the 8th of November. From that point it can be viewed at the 5000m Gallery in Sapporo on the island of Hokkaido.
Residence program website: s-air.org
Artists’ website : jerzygoliszewski.com
Sources: Received materials, s-air.org, Polish Institute in Tokyo, author: JN 24/09/2013
Translation: SMG 25/09/2013