For the next installment in the ORNO series, dedicated to the jewelry cooperative that used to operate at the gallery’s location along Wspólna 63, we’re presenting contemporary artists who use textiles as their medium, one that is typically associated with a more utilitarian function.
Zbigniew Rogalski’s Tears is a flowing band of black fabric. The piece refers to the cinema screen and its rolling credits, as seen through eyes glassy with emotion. Embroidery hoops used in Lightening series relate to traditional handicraft. In both works, the theme of narration winds around and weaves together with the white matter of the white thread. The fabric for both was also supplied by Bytom.
The rust-colored suit sewn for Olaf Brzeski by a tailor at Bytom is a culmination of the sculptor’s dream of owning this very item of clothing. Rusted metal rods recouped from junkyards is a material he often incorporates into his work—and this piece includes a hanger formed by Brzeski out of such rods.
The Slavs and Tatars collective has produced quite a number of works that make use of traditional crafts and textiles. This particular piece, produced especially for Raster, is a bespoke carpet that weaves together key phrases from their body of work, along with signs for various sound and phonemes of the Russian alphabet.