Joanna Lesnierowska, Aleksandra Borys and Jan Maertens will be investigating the idea of a blur in the context of body and choreography. The principle of the blur has been introduced into the tradition of European painting since the 15th century (e.g. Da Vinci’s sfumato technique). However, it is only after Gerhard Richter, in whose work the phenomena of out-of-focus and hazy images took such a dominant role, that the blurred surface has become a central characteristic in both figurative and abstract paintings and in photographs. Artists employ the means of blurring consciously and in different combinations.
Blurred surfaces, dissolving contours, hazy appearances, indistinct motifs in a state between apparition and dissolution, aspects of colour and composition: with this in mind, the three will enter the studio to look for the possibility of a ‘blurred’ body (quality) and choreography (composition). A blurred image confuses the viewer – and demands closer examination. As colours/shapes blend with light, it is for the beholder to fill in the details with the help of his sensibility, personal memories and imagination.
This research was initiated in 2013 with the minimal award-winning solo INSIGHT (co-created with and for Janusz Orlik). It has continued with the work on postmodern melancholy and everything ‘hopperesque’ in contemporary culture (…/rooms by the sea, 2014) and will hopefully find its final installment with the solo BLUR (working title) to be opened in Spring 2017.