Waste of Civilisation is a collaborative exhibition between artist Jakub Gliński and filmmaker Tomas Auksas that questions the relationship society has with imperfection. Glinski presents an opportunity for the onlooker to revaluate their attitude towards consumerism through repurposing discarded material and presenting its new forms that plays between the lines of abstract expressionism and anarchism. This is juxtaposed with Auksas’s documentary which explores societies disregard for those suffering with severe disabilities and related-psychosis.
Glinski does not search for a political subject in his work, instead, he emphasises the dependence of his intuition and subconscious development to influence the body in his projects. Much of his inspiration is drawn from his dreams, his daily life and his conclusions on his observations in it. The context of his work resonates as a diary, allowing the spectator to consider the subject from many different perspectives, as there is not a fixed context from his position. Although there is a strong level of ambiguity, what remains clear is the rebellious tone that is consistently present in all his pieces, highlighted through his abstract nature. His compositions express grandeur and ruthlessness, inaccurately drawn in his paintings and simultaneously contradicted with the bleeding and subtle merging of colour, suggesting a dream-like state.
Whilst the random collection of material and sounds used in his performances can act as defiance against the contemporary art world, he sabotages the foundations of beauty through presenting his work in a way that leaves the spectator in a juxtaposition. On the one hand, we have waste; we have imperfection. Yet, at the same time, there is admission to think beyond the social constructions of objectification and when this is done, one can see the beautiful in a completely different way.
8-9 December 2018
Biscuit Factory, 100 Drummond Rd, London SE16 4DG