Art Mediators’ Comments: Quayola, Captives


The series “Captives” refers to Michelangelo’s sculptures from the series “Prigioni”. In his work, Quayola focuses on exploring the possibilities of shaping body and form. His works – created in the Renaissance “nonfinite” technique – are an attempt to capture the moment of transformation of the incoherent solid material into the naturalistic sculpture.

This refers to the processes occurring in nature – chaotic, according to the author – compiled with the human activities connected with making order. The concept of a “work made by man” is understood here in a different way. The artist programs specially designed machines to make sculptures in an objective, untouched by the human frailties. The very idea of ​​the artist becomes condensed, while its materialization is the result of work of a specially programmed “worker”. A very interesting concept, and perhaps even subversive. Especially when we follow the stereotypical perception of the sculptor as a craftsman or a collar worker. Quayola proves that one can make realistic large-format works while being a conceptual sculptor.

– Ignacy Oboz

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In the last two weeks of the WRO 2015 exhibitions, we are presenting you with the comments on selected works presented in the new building of the Wroclaw University Library. The comments are made by the students of the Art Mediation Department, Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Art and Design in Wroclaw.