Henryk Gallery | I Water My White Mind
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I Water My White Mind

Michał Sroka

12.02.2016 – 10.03.2016

To be eternally unquenched. To play an almost erotic game of games. To water one’s white mind with books.

The title I Water My White Mind screens the excerpt from the first volume of Susan Sontag’s notebooks and journals, Reborn:

The leakage of talk. My mind is dribbling out of my mouth. My will is more flabby than it’s ever been before. Let this be the dip before the upswing. (…)  I water my white mind with books. Impenetrable disorder of human relations.

Michał Sroka’s art is Merzbaum in painting, Kurt Schwitters concept of total art in practice, embracing artistic expression of sculpture, architecture and painting. Michał compiles objects, discards, left-overs, overbuilding [symbolically] uninscribed materiality of canvas. The figure of artist-collector (Anselm Kiefer, Joseph Cornell, Władysław Hasior) is as crucial in Sroka’s artwork. Paintings to Michał are nothing other than expressions of his personal collecting obsessions. They contain, physically and ideologically, everything that to him is significant.

I Water My White Mind is composed of paintings, objects and drawings the artist created in the previous year. His interests has so far encompassed the memory palace (or, the method of loci). Michał’s work is also underscored by the concept of stratigraphy or stratigraphic research, a research method aiming to determine and describe a chronology of existing technological strata and historical accumulation. Stratigraphy might be the key to understanding Sroka’s production – rather than along or across, his painting should be ‘interpreted into’ the surface of the canvas.

I Water My White Mind exhibition structure encourages enquiry into the question of contemporary overproduction of art objects. The question of propriety [of overproduction] remains open. Does Michał Sroka’s art stand a chance in the clash with the terror of consumption?

Curator: Aleksander Celusta