Ariadne

Artwork Series by Pawel Mendrek, Austria

In the past hair was identified with the soul. Rytual haircutting is a method of transformation. Hair as the object of the exhibition becomes a tool with which to measure time. Understood as the framework for life, be it real or fictional, hair is a tool for shaping the form of corporeal coexistence. It delineates the area of our corporeality and the physical boundaries of our existence. The hybrid tangles are frozen reflections of emotional states and passions.

Ariadne revolves around the concept of estrangement and alienation. It is inspired by the rytual haircutting seven-year-old boys to become men and change his mental position. It reflects a sense of emigration and entangled displaced identity, objects and people. Emigration is not just a state of affairs, but a state of mind. We rarely we think about something natural, an integral part of a portrayed subject, is only a product of the process of time. Hair become the form of the portrait and a tool for measuring time. Hair is understood as a framework for life, whether it is real or fictional tool for shaping rituals and life events, or a physical form of coexistence. It marks the frame of our everyday life’s carnality, and simultaneously marks our own physical boundaries. Hair reinforces and represents a diverse background and emotional states, builds the ornament and creates a thread leading to the roots, in search of their own identity.

The exhibition is based on white. The Apricot is a typical white cube. The only accents are dark, saturated tangles, set centrally in the presented pictures, which allows them to adopt the form of sign. Stopped in their motionlessness they evoke the impression of a sacred place.

Curators:
Paulina Latham, Roman Lewandowski, Miroslava Urbanowa, Christofer Weiss, Lena Wichierkiewicz

Presented:
Baltic Contemporary Art Gallery, Slupsk
Apricot Gallery, Rag Factory, London
Loft Acht Gallery, Vienna
Kunstraum B, Kiel
Flying Gallery Fundation, Warsaw

Pawel Mendrek, 2018
Artwork

Untitled

€ 1,010
Drawing
100 x 70 x 1 cm
Graphite, Paper, and Pencil on Paper
Pawel Mendrek, 2023
Artwork

Untitled (V1)

€ 1,090
Drawing
70 x 100 x 1 cm
Graphite and Paper on Paper
Pawel Mendrek, 2019
Artwork

Water

€ 630
Drawing
70 x 50 x 1 cm
Graphite, Paper, and Pencil on Paper

Other artworks by Pawel Mendrek

Zone (V3)
Zone (V3)
Pawel Mendrek, 2023
€ 4,520
Exercises
Exercises
Pawel Mendrek, 2018
€ 630
Blue, Blue Mood
Blue, Blue Mood
Pawel Mendrek, 2023
€ 2,390
Plate
Plate
Pawel Mendrek, 2023
€ 1,010
Abyss
Abyss
Pawel Mendrek, 2020
€ 3,000
Confession Room
Confession Room
Pawel Mendrek, 2023
€ 480
Untitled
Untitled
Pawel Mendrek, 2019
€ 2,520
Initiation
Initiation
Pawel Mendrek, 2018
€ 1,010
Plant
Plant
Pawel Mendrek, 2018
€ 1,010
Corretness
Corretness
Pawel Mendrek, 2018
€ 630
Honey Land
Honey Land
Pawel Mendrek, 2023
€ 1,010
You Go Your Way I Will Go Mine
You Go Your Way I Will Go Mine
Pawel Mendrek, 2023
€ 1,010

Other artist's artworks

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My diary
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€ 1,880
"Becoming #5"
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sDots
sDots
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€ 560
Transhumans: Werewolf
Transhumans: Werewolf
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€ 2,920
Stranded objects
Stranded objects
Catherine Ludwig, 2017
€ 608
Transhumans: Fish Face
Transhumans: Fish Face
Titus Hora, 2021
€ 2,920
Unterm Teppich #3
Unterm Teppich #3
Natalia Weiss, 2018
€ 1,010
The day of humanity / The birth
The day of humanity / The birth
Urban Grünfelder, 2020
€ 5,070
Phasen der Verschmelzung /v/
Phasen der Verschmelzung /v/
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€ 1,630
Spiegelberge (Mirror Mountains)
Spiegelberge (Mirror Mountains)
Mo Häusler, 2003
€ 590