Nature: a Space of Flows
Andrzej Tarasiuk is co-founder and Director of The Vendart Project. As an artist, he’s dedicated to painting, sculpture and photography. Through these disciplines, he thinks and reflects on the states of transformation, change, topics related to ecology, industry, etc. During his residency at ´ace he designed machines that mimic the transformation processes of states, such as oxygenation, that a tree makes. Andrzej does not pretend to arrive to fixed answers through his practices but finds in the undefined of the absurd an interesting space to arrive at temporary answers.
NATURE: A SPACE OF FLOWS (by Andrzej Tarasiuk)
Recently, at the Labverde residency, I have learned a lot of new things about the Amazon and how it interconnects with the continent and the world. I am especially excited about idea of the Amazon as a Biotic moisture pump which moves and manages moisture throughout most of South America. A single large tree in the Amazon alone pumps 1000 liters of water into the atmosphere every day! In the context of deforestation and the very real possibility of human actions leading to the collapse of this crucial planetary life support system, I am interested in the questions of how are we to cope? Can technology replace what we are destroying? What would that even look like? What is the real cost associated with tempering with ecosystem services and how is this related to our value systems and culture?
During my time at ´ace I will be designing absurdist technology geared towards replacing the forest in the event of the Amazon collapsing, in effect creating a technological replacement for the Biotic moisture pump. As inspiration I am looking to current vaporizing systems, boilers, pumps, furnaces, solar panels, wind turbines and pipe systems. This will complement my continuing exploration of reality as process and how it is embodied within landscape exemplified within three visual categories: access points, natural systems and human settlements. The works produced will be based on my photographs taken during Labverde.
1980 | Poland
Lives and works in Canada
2014 |BFA in Drawing & Painting from Ontario College of Art and Design University, Canada
2017 | Toronto Art Fair, Canada
2015 | Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery, Toronto, Canada
2018 | LABVERDE, Brazil
2016 | Two self-directed residencies, Un poco del Chocó – Nature Reserve and Biological Field Station, Ecuador
Esperanza Verde, Wildlife Rescue Centre, Peru
Nature: a Space of Flows
Andrzej Tarasiuk presented a multimedia installation to close his residence at ´ace, a new moment in his research on the rivers of Latin America and on the importance of the Amazon as a source for the entire continent, after having traveled through several geographic points relevant to this topic.
Among paintings made with water from the Rio de la Plata and Rio Negro (Brasil), video, watercolors and collage, Tarasiuk also reflects on the attempts of the technique to replicate the functions that a tree fulfills. He designs humidifying, purifying machines and installs them in the landscapes that he encountered through Brazil, Peru and Argentina. For these landscapes, which for now we consider fictitious or dystopian, Tarasiuk took as inspiration also the brutalist and industrial architecture he found in his trips through Buenos Aires.
Tarasiuk works through mechanisms of contemplation, exploration and projection, from the absurd, from a ludic dynamic that the artistic perspective allows and from the acceptance that nature and human are in constant mutual transformation and change.
Artists in Dialog
A new ´aceNITE hosted the opening of exhibitions of local and international artists with their works from different disciplines, with the presence of representatives of the Embassies of Poland, Ireland and Bolivia.
The artists presented were:
Andrzej Tarasiuk (Poland / Canada)
His installation Nature: Space of Flows was exhibited in the Políglota Room
Valerie Driscoll (Ireland)
End to End, Performance Video
Samuel Maita Argote (Bolivia)
In an Open Studio, he showed Stereotypes at the ´ace Workshop, where he shared his experiences and ideas with all those who approached.
Cecilia Candiani (Córdoba, Argentina)
Cecilia presented her photography work Rewrite at the Dialogue Space.
Bárbara Vincenti Bech (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
Her installation work Unmoulds was exhibited in the Transversal Space.