030614: Charim Galerie: Joanna Rajkowska – The Light of the Lodge

Charim Galerie Joanna Rajkowska – The Light of the Lodge 16.05.2014 – 07.06.2014 Error in the resonance chamber By Goschka Gawlik Joanna Rajkowska makes no compromises in her artist's practice. She ceaselessly challenges maxims of the prevailing ideologically coloured think models and perceptions. According to the historical context or location, she either lets the historical and commemorative rituals fall into oblivion – as recently in the Zak Gallery | Branicka, Berlin – or lets them rise again from repression, as was the case with her famous project "Greetings from the Jerusalem Allee" in Warsaw. The artificial palm standing at the most important crossing in the city – the "bodily counterpart” and witness to the invisible – appears outlandish but, at the same time, it's not possible to imagine the Polish capital without it. For over ten years, the Polish artist has known how to show attacks on existing systems and their fundamentals perfectly, and how to generate medial attention just as saliently. For her, it's exactly the plasticity of the art in the public space that constitutes a benchmark of freedom in democracy which is particularly prone to mistakes and failures. In her first solo show in Vienna, Rajkowska exhibits two large neon works whose red light invokes the atmosphere of a devastating fire or hell. Two years ago, within the framework of the Copenhagen Art Festival, she decorated the royal buildings in Copenhagen. In their metamorphosed dactylology, the neons correlate the insignia and ancient symbols of Freemason fraternities. Today, the Charim Gallery is located in the Dorotheergasse 12, formerly the site of the Austrian Grand Lodge which was liquidated by the Nazis. A sterling reason for the artist to let her practised deconstruction methods have free rein – or to call into question in single works, such as in the object "God is Right", in the collage "The Great Architect" or the shimmering, black neon lettering "Error" indicating the flawlessness of every prohibitive, secretive world order – whether of a religious, political or comical nature. The unstable identifiability of such a world view impressively mirrors the distortive, black-white Op Art-style chessboard pattern of the carpet called "The Blueprint" on the gallery floor – a spatial planning of wool (with a definitive black vanishing point), which converts the highly symbolic, historical disaster as well as a black-white way of thinking into an aesthetic pleasure. CharimGalerie 1010 Vienna, Dorotheergasse 12 Tel: +43 1 512 09 15 Fax: +43 1 512 09 15 50 E-mail: info@charimgalerie.at http://www.charimgalerie.at Opening hours: Tue-Fri 11-18 hours, Sat 11-14 hours

Charim Galerie
1010 Wien, Dorotheergasse 12
Tel: +43 1 512 09 15, Fax: +43 1 512 09 15 50
Email: info@charimgalerie.at
Öffnungszeiten: Di-Fr: 11-18h
Sa: 11-14h

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