KASIA FUDAKOWSKI: Meat in Window, Worried by a Wasp

artist: Kasia Fudakowski

curator: Michal Novotný

supported by Goethe Institute in Prague

 

Kasia Fudakowski works with joke structures and comic theory that she translates into the construction of a sculpture. A joke can be understood as a passage from an initial understanding of a imagined situation to a different understanding, often quite the opposite one. The core of a joke exists in the shift of a contrast, where two positions are revealed in a moment of surprise, which is enhanced by subconsciously directing the expectations of the audience in the wrong direction.

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One of the causes of this tension is the space between a conscious economy, the freedom of the material rendering of a sculpture and it’s fidelity to what it purports to represent. Similarly to a joke, here the mastery also consists in finding the right balance between bewildering obscurity and over-obviousness while keeping the contrast at its maximum.

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Her exhibition in the FUTURA Gallery revolves around the theme of anxiety which by definition has a strong effect without real cause. In her work, anxiety is presented not only as gripping and tragic but also as liberating and comic at times, and therefore almost invincible. Fudakowski says that a joke is a “cloak of invisibility”. It allows us to be critical in contentious situations. Though she makes use of chronological succession and expectations necessary for the set up and a punch line, her sculptures work in a non-linear way. While both set up and punch line are seen simultaneously, they remain in contrast.

 

EXHIBITION BOOKLET


Kasia Fudakowski, 'Are you eating well?', 2016
Kasia Fudakowski, 'Are you eating well?', 2016
Kasia Fudakowski, 'Bad ladders', 2016
Kasia Fudakowski, 'Bad ladders', 2016
Kasia Fudakowski, 'Raised in Surprised, Lowered in Disbelief', 2016
Kasia Fudakowski, 'Raised in Surprised, Lowered in Disbelief', 2016
Kasia Fudakowski, 'Good to go, or easy to leave?', 2016
Kasia Fudakowski, 'Good to go, or easy to leave?', 2016