Contextual study point 9 : Roman Ondak and Karina Smigla-Bobinski



Which work do you prefer and why?

I like both work very much for different reasons. “Measuring the universe” – Roman Ondak-  was such a simple idea, inspired in a home act that works exactly the same way in so many different cultures around the world. I like the fact that it is interactive, and instead of the artist presenting a ready Artwork, the audience form an art piece! It is a very social initiative. The fact that the result of it was also a surprise, there was no way of predicting what exactly it would look like. He also took the risk of putting a proposal out there and see if the public would be willing to participate which was obviously a success as well. However,  if I have to chose one artwork to visit,  it would be ” Analog installation” of Karina Smigla- Bobinski  . I like the movement of it. The public have the choice to giving it a try or just observe others. I like the irregular lines and the unconscious drawing formed on the walls.I  also like the aesthetic part of it. The big ball moving around the room,  in different speeds and how people handle it is also what drawn me more towards this kind of artwork.


Part three – Contextual study point 8 – Extending a line into space

This is an interesting article about the sixtieth anniversary of  “this is tomorrow” that first started in  1956 in London – Whitechapel Art gallery and its progress involving some reproduction and re imagination of original pieces and applying a new contemporary language to develop ideas of what this kind of exhibition is all about.  This event is important to remember the past, but also to serves as inspiration for the present art and predict and risk what would come in the future. In my opinion, it serves to show the evolution of an initial concept that involved different ways to represent art : architectural, sculptures and drawings both in 2D and 3D formats but I think the main point of it was to bring drawings to a living experience in form of installations. I think it is important to keep the original feel to it and trace a timeline for viewers to follow how this kind of art grows. I like how they entitled this article: This is tomorrow- this was tomorrow- this is today. It self explain what you expect to see.

X-fun house – Richard Hamilton 

This is my favourite viewing “This is tomorrow” websites because of the size scale that brings the impact of it and the bottle in 3D to let viewers experience the creation in all levels.

Richard Hamilton 

This images is exactly the kind of work that I am trying to reproduce at the moment. I like the collage and 3D perspective. I have searched to find out if it was an installation but it seems to be a poster! It definitely give the right feeling of being in that room observing from a corner or just entering it. The orange couch, the lady sitting behind the brown one, the ceiling and the view from the window is what makes the room a complete environment to enter.

The “drawing room” for instance, brings drawings in 3D ways into a different experience than “This is tomorrow” . I think it is more about following  feelings and the subconscious to express art adding materials to bring the drawing lines to a different level. It is not about building sculptures only but thinking of ways to represent their art in a more intimate feel. It not much about visuals but more about forms and psychological approaches in a poetic, intellectual, historical, informative and many other proposals . They exteriorise their experiences in their own experimental practises.

The Naked – 2014

Definitely the most interesting exposition for me. It was about the depiction of naked bodies, the image, sexual matters, feelings, shame, solitude, love…  Taking as a starting point ” Egon Schiele” – my favourite artist of all,  Tracey Emin and Louise Borgeois among many more. In this course  journey to find my voice in art, more than I learn and search, more I get drawn to these subjects: the unconscious, sexuality, self image and desires.