(A)SYMMETRY, Beata Mak-Sobota & Maciej Kasperski
NEON Gallery, Centre of Applied Art, Innovation Center, The E. Geppert Academy of Art and Design in Wroclaw, 2014
Two materials, two authors, two creative attitudes in which (a)symmetry plays an important role. Neon Gallery at the Wrocław Academy of Art and Design introduced a show under the title “(A)symmetry”, which appeared as a sort of a question about the role of symmetry and asymmetry in artistic quest. Symmetry is a source which both the authors take from, and the presentation showed the differences in inspiration. Symmetry is easy to trace down in geometrical vessels created by Mak-Sobota, whereas Kasperski’s objects, despite using symmetry, seem to be asymmetric in general reception. Symmetry understood as equality and similarity regarding axes and surfaces are the dominants of the glass exhibits, asymmetry as lack of this similarity, or even some kind of interference, is the rule applied in creation of the ceramic objects.
Kasperski by replacement of symmetric parts achieved a special formal value which derives from symmetry but eventually turns out to be asymmetric. Presented on exhibition the cycle of Ritual Objects, which applies this method, has synthetic bodies in shades of white, green, cobalt and earth colours, and work for the spectators mainly by the relations between light and shadow, and the proportions of scale between the two comprising elements. The juxtaposition of a synthetic block of a simplified shape and an element of a baluster profile, results in an item which refers us to tradition and ritual. The particular arrangements of these objects have become specific functional landscapes.
On the other hand Mak-Sobota’s Rocking Vessels are based on symmetry rules, and by applying bent elements the author puts them in a sort of balance. They have become unreal because of transparency of the material, being drawn in the space with their shiny edges the vessel forms balance, “hesitate” between equilibrium and movement. The motion is possible thanks to bows and spheres which co-create structure of the objects. The transparent surface, symmetry and instability are the parameters following which the cycle Rocking Vessels has been created.
These “mathematical” formal issues, which the authors of objects from the exhibition are engaged in, have turned out to be the ways to individual and creative use of geometry rules. As a result we have received two original worlds created in ceramics and glass, at the point where art meets design.