In a decaying society, art, if it is truthful, must also reflect decay. And unless it wants to break faith with its social function, art must show the world as changeable. And help to change it.
EROSION is a multi-dimensional project by Michał Puszczyński, started in 2009. His films, installations, site-specifics, sculptures, objects as well as texts and photographs are attempts to tame the process which affects everything material, including ourselves, in order to come to terms with the realisation that anything which is animate contains an element of death, and the process of decomposition begins the moment something comes into existence.
Using clay, concrete and resin as the main materials, building his installations for the last three years and documenting their progressing erosion, he has come to the point when they are no longer artefacts but rather mere props.
EROSION has been presented in various venues and conditions in Poland, Germany, Denmark, USA and China, e.g. in an abandoned house in Częstochowa, industrial interiors of a porcelain factory in Jedlina, a chapel in Orońsk, a dilapidated tenement building in Goerlitz, as well as in Knoxville, Tennessee, the site of the famous “Body Farm”.
The films in which his sculptures erode allow to ultimately define the way of perceiving the objects – through the frame of the camera, the lens, the viewfinder. Placing entire installations on scaffolding allows to create three-dimensional images, to build “vanitas” or “still lifes” – quite literally “still” as they tell the story of a process which terrifies and fascinates at the same time. The Glass and Ceramics Gallery presents nine films, objects and site-specific installations which summarize the project. The last installation, concluding the cycle, will be shown on the closing day of the exhibition.