Artist: Kasia Fudakowski
Curator: Michal Novotný
Centre for Contemporary Art FUTURA, Holečkova 49, Praha 5
Supported by Goethe Institute in Prague
Kasia Fudakowski works with joke structures and comic theory that she translates into the construction of a sculpture. A joke can be understood as a passage from an initial understanding of an imagined situation to a different understanding, often quite the opposite one. The core of a joke exists in the shift of a contrast, where two positions are revealed in a moment of surprise, which is enhanced by subconsciously directing the expectations of the audience in the wrong direction.
One of the causes of this tension is the space between a conscious economy, the freedom of the material rendering of a sculpture and it’s fidelity to what it purports to represent. Similarly to a joke, here the mastery also consists in finding the right balance between bewildering obscurity and over-obviousness while keeping the contrast at its maximum.
Her exhibition in the FUTURA Gallery revolves around the theme of anxiety which by definition has a strong effect without real cause. In her work, anxiety is presented not only as gripping and tragic but also as liberating and comic at times, and therefore almost invincible. Fudakowski says that a joke is a “cloak of invisibility”. It allows us to be critical in contentious situations. Though she makes use of chronological succession and expectations necessary for the setup and a punch line, her sculptures work in a non-linear way. While both the setup and punch line are seen simultaneously, they remain in contrast.