Opening of the exhibition CUT by the sculptor Wojtek Postola who works with one of the most pretentious as well as noble materials – marble, whos place in modern art is troublesome.
A stretch of twenty kilometres of the Apuan Alps rising above the small Italian town of Carrara contains a stone which, depending on its quality, varies from pure white – through a spotted structure – to shades of grey. The structure of the crystals comprising Carrara marble instills a unique property that allows it to undergo sophisticated processing. For this reason, the history of sculpture is closely related to this particular stone. White marble is called the “sacred stone” by sculptors and is treated with almost religious respect. For others, marble has become a symbol of the vanity fair – kitchen worktops, balusters, washbasins, sheikhs' palaces. Above all, marble is a past from which one can’t escape – forming ancient colonnades, Renaissance cathedrals, and sculptures by Michelangelo. However, its future is unclear. The only thing we know for certain is that dust is currently its most desirable form, and robot its most efficient sculptor. The CUT exhibition is an attempt to present a microcosm of Carrara with its immanent element – marble. It’s also an epilogue to the artist’s full-length film White Cube (2018).
Coordination: Olga Kozińska