Free Art – Slow Art

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The phrase ‘Free Art’ is composed of two words. Happily, the first one, in Polish is ambiguous, meaning both ‘free’ and ‘slow’. Free, in the sense of being independent of the opinions or influences of the community that knows better. Sometimes it knows better, but we try not to copy this “better” at the expense of authenticity. Artists have always been inspired, by their own or others’ work. Even rebels stood on the ruins of what was already there. Of course, there is a thriving movement of artists skillfully imitating. Imitating, for example, authentic intuitive art or themselves. This is called “finding one’s style”, as long as it has a commercial effect, measurable by how much their works sell for. We want to present our search and inspiration, resulting from our own experience and based on our skills. Own, that is, not quite perfect because no one is perfect.

Slow Art relates to art that is created unhurriedly and thoughtfully.
Textile art/weaving is slow by its very nature. It is created laboriously and requires anticipation of results. You can’t say at the end “very beautiful but these elements should have been moved slightly to the right and these should have been moved up”. The secret knowledge of “undo” doesn’t work here.

And photography? Today, everyone – whether you want to or not – is equipped with a camera. So, you can snap thousands of photos and choose five ‘cool’ ones from them. You can also use one of the numerous graphic applications to make your photo look as if you had captured the night mists illuminated by the dawn of June. But only look like it. There is also ‘old school’ photography, where you have to approach each shot with patience, often experiencing disappointment with the circumstances of nature. Or capturing that one moment that will never repeat itself.

Art – once meant the ability to create an artifact – something that did not exist before. Already the “ancient Greeks” recognized the existence of ‘liberal’ arts (artes liberales) – essential for a free person (liberalis – “worthy of a free person”). They led to the creation of concepts and original artifacts, as opposed to simple, repetitive work for the satisfaction of everyday needs. As a result of the fragmentation of the culture into separate areas: religion, history, education, science, and art. Only the latter began to be identified with it. Of course, this atomization is a process that continues to this day. Something these “ancient Greeks” never even dreamed of. Art at first consisted of symbolic representations, usually religious, conveying, mostly to an illiterate audience, ideas, and mythology. This role was taken over by printed treatises, thanks to which artists became involved in creating illusions. Subsequently came landscapes, portraits, or depictions of still life, arousing widespread admiration because they are “so true to life”. Photography put an end to such accurate depictions. What remained were impressions, or illusions of feelings, expressed artistically or musically. Up to the pure form, when the creator creates the illusion that he is an artist.

Slow Art – Numerous galleries have accumulated collections of artifacts from all eras. Artifacts were commissioned by individuals to decorate and elevate a particular room while adding value to the sponsor. Each piece of art was intended to be contemplated at length and in-depth by the owner, his guests, or the faithful visiting the temples in which the artifact was exhibited. Today, from St. Petersburg to Madrid, from Copenhagen to Rome, not to mention Paris, throngs of modern-day “galley slaves” stream through the halls of magnificent collections and cast increasingly weary glances at the next Rembrandt, van Dyck, Raphael, or El Greco. Just to “row” to the end of the gallery. This is contrary to the Slow Art movement, which says: don’t chase, stop, and look until a bond is formed between you and what you see, of which you are a co-author. Because that’s what art is.

 

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