As a slightly errant frequenter of my local church I came across this medley of shapes and structures in amongst the congregation with ceramic craters and what looked like overgrown fruit shells spewn over floor tombstones on one side and the gutted roots of a magnificent tree and a ceramic naked woman’s bosom on the other. Not something you come across every day in church.
These artistic, symbolic, and emotional pieces are portrayed within the physical and cultural backdrop of St John’s church, a cultural centre which collaborates with the church space in its exhibitions and shows.
‚Embracing Space‘ (my translation of the Polish title to the exhibition ‚Wobec Przestrzeni‘) flusters our pre-conceived perception of what the interior of a church should look like, with all its historical, sacred and architectural baggage by suffusing us with the esthetic symbols of contemporary art form surrounding us as we meditate and make our devotions.
After wandering around following mass, taking photos and taking in this use of space, I got home and downloaded the photos onto my iphoto disc and my take on this exhibition ‚Embracing Space‘ started to take shape.
I put together a selection of past travel photos of mine which, to me, represent ’embracing space’ and posted them here together with the artists‘ offerings from St. John’s church.
My impressions of space:
Enjoying open space with my father- Leba, Poland
the loneliest picnic spot in the world as some guidebooks declare? – on the road to Luderitz, Namibia
one of my favourite hideaways – Sessriem, Namibia
And, another look at open space with sacred items at the centre of attention, on the Siauliai Hill of Crosses, Lithuania
and a close up look of the mishmash of crosses and crucifixes
and back to textiles at St John’s:
and a closer look
which brings to mind the store selling longyi material in Burma and the way they fold and store the material on the shelves in the background here:
This pillar of net curtains? greek pillar is the first site I came across on entering the church
and saw that a similar system seems to have been used for this work of Salvador Dali’s in the museum in Figueres, Spain:
more textile creations in St John’s:
For more pictures from the exhibition click below