ABOUT WEBSITE: The Green Lights is an annual exhibition hosted by the graduating fine art students of Minerva Art Academy. It serves not only as an assessment during which the students aim to get their ‘green light’ to graduate, but as an opportunity to independently create a public exhibition. Faced with the challenge of bringing together 55 unique practices, we’ve based this year’s Green Lights around the Art Spectrum, a compass navigating different positions, approaches and cultures within the fine arts. Where do we stand? What does it stand for? These are the questions we raise rather than answer as we try to materialise the complex and diverse ecosystem of the art culture.
ABOUT THE ART COMPASS: The Art Compass is based on the well know political compass, as it provides four extreme artistic positions as the boarders of the fluid space in between. On the horizontal axis the attitude of the artist toward their practice is defined as between craft and concept. These two well known and often scrutinised labels have in this case a more suggestive nature, indicating whether the concept, idea, message is prioritised over the technique, medium, skill or vice versa. The vertical axis defines the position of the artist towards the art world. From the white cube, gallery culture and the art market making up the inside, to alternative non-art spaces and practices challenging the boarders of art from the outside, the artists occupy positions based on how much they conform to or rebel towards the established art institution.
The interaction of the axis creates four areas - inside concept, outside concept, outside craft and inside craft - each representing an artistic subculture in which specific values, opinions, movements and artworks exist.
Although seemingly opposite, the two directions of each axis are more often than not intertwined, and so the artist might assume different positions along the axis at different times, in relation to different works, or they might assume a wide area of the spectrum within which their practice exists.
I research means of relating to the world both outside me and inside me. It is my belief we build our reality ourselves by dreaming it up, and this is my mission as an artist to share my dreams and initiate change in the underlying fabric of reality.
KAROLINA GORZENSKA - DISPERSION
We live in a unique place in the spacetime. It slowly becomes evident that there is something eerie about our way of life, that it may not be the right way for us in order to attain peace and fulfillment. I found living in the time of the pandemic strangely exciting. In order to integrate my feelings about life, I often consult the I-Ching, an ancient Chinese divination book. This is what came up in regard to living in these strange times:
Dispersion (above: the gentle, wind. Below: the abysmal, water)
When the wind blows over water, it disperses it, dissolving it into foam and mist. As wind penetrates the surface of water to disperse it, so also, by penetrating the consciousness of men, is disunity overcome and divisive rigidity dissolved. When a man’s vital energy is dammed up within him, it is gentleness that serves to dissolve the blockage.
With this film I want to broadcast my hope that when the disturbed water becomes calm, a vision of radically different world will become clear and accessible.