• Take One

    Date posted: September 1, 2010 Author: jolanta
    If I were to mention two important moments in my formation as an artist, those would be the time I spent in Bilbao on a stipend studying video and performance, and the Jaan Toomik exhibition in Bucharest I saw shortly after coming back to Romania. They were both significant in the sense that they underlined my breakup with what I had been studying in sculpture at the university. They weren’t shocking or strongly revealing but they encouraged me to continue making art in a direction that was realizing more and more for me at the time. I haven’t and still do not consider myself a performance artist. However, I did start off by making short videos, or taking photographs, documenting short performances.

    Mihal Iepure-Górski

    Mihal Iepure-Górski, Absence from the Art Scene Doesn’t Mean I’m Not Here, 2009. Banner, 3 x 1.5 meters. Photo credit: Mihai Pop. Courtesy of Andreiana Mihal Gallery, Bucharest.

    If I were to mention two important moments in my formation as an artist, those would be the time I spent in Bilbao on a stipend studying video and performance, and the Jaan Toomik exhibition in Bucharest I saw shortly after coming back to Romania. They were both significant in the sense that they underlined my breakup with what I had been studying in sculpture at the university. They weren’t shocking or strongly revealing but they encouraged me to continue making art in a direction that was realizing more and more for me at the time. I haven’t and still do not consider myself a performance artist. However, I did start off by making short videos, or taking photographs, documenting short performances.

    I enjoy making work in an unprompted type of way, without any rehearsal or additional takes; this way the work has the impression of the result being unrepeatable. And that feels somewhat good. Still, putting out new work is difficult. It has to do with feeling responsible for releasing something that might be improper or “wrong.” Therefore I try staging things as less as possible. If my intervention is minimal then there is less blame involved. I am also usually having someone else taking the shot or recording the video.

    Lately, I am more and more interested in the “usefulness” of my work. A “Gotta serve somebody” (Bob Dylan) thing, not religious, mostly ethical. One of my latest projects started with the idea of picketing an art institution and/or an event. Eventually I gave up the picketing idea and got left with this banner with statement: “Absence from the art scene doesn’t mean I’m not here.”

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