Literary Excesses in Conceptual Art. Lecture by Paweł Polit

ms², Ogrodowa 19
26 November  2015, Thursday at 18:00 hrs
Admission free

Lecture within the framework of research project "Liaisons of Literature and Visual Arts after 1945".

Conceptual art questioned visual status of a work of art shifting the centre of gravity from the visualisation of an idea to its concise description. Signs used by Polish conceptual artists: arrangements of letters, numbers and punctuation marks, words, texts, symbols, graphs, „iconograms”, complex image-text  units, which help investigating the constitution of meanings outside of the restrictions of form.  

Using signs, some conceptual artists enter the field of literature. They have also made literature a point of reference for their works by either incorporating excerpts from literary works into their productions or by developing their own literary narratives. During the lecture we will analyse literary references in the artworks of Edward Krasiński, Andrzej Dłużniewski, and Zbigniew Gostomski.

Paweł Polit – curator in Muzeum Sztuki in Łódź, author of texts on art. Curator of exhibitions in the Centre for Contemporary Art Zamek Ujazdowski and Muzeum Sztuki in Łódź, e.g. Themersons and Avant-garde (2013), Jeremy Millar (2014), Andrzej Czarnacki (2015); co-curator of the exhibition DADA Impulse (2015). His writings have been published in catalogues of exhibitions, conference proceedings, and in magazines: „Afterall”, „ARTMargins”, „Obieg”, and „Piktogram”.

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