sculpture made by hemp fibre, asphalt-rubber mass
rope in loop, 500 cm L x 4 cm diameter
A handmade and adjustable sculpture made of hemp fiber rope and black caoutchouc—an elastic material obtained from the latex sap of trees—floats in the air and marks a territory. It is Iza Tarasewicz’s (1981, Białystok/Munich) work Arena I (2014-2015) presented at GB11. In one iteration, the 50-meter-long line appeared to draw an abstracted wavy, circular shape and hung almost symmetrically in the ceiling. In another presentation, this loop twisted and draped around the room, producing a soft and open architecture. In yet another exhibition, the rope resembled her floor-based installations: messy and erratic. The title indicates many things at once: historically it was an enclosure where sports took place. It still holds true as a place of recreation and entertainment. An arena also implies a place for political activity and debate. The modularity of the rope resembles the flexibility of the arena, which is affected by the subjectivities inherent within acts of public communication.
Often made up of modular and reconfigurable elements, many of the artist’s installations which might first appear disheveled yet when remaining in them for some time, an ethereal rhythm and balance are felt throughout them. The repurposing of readily available materials and their ability to “morph”, as well as the emphasis on rural labor and survival, evolves out of the artist’s personal background; she was born and raised in a small village near Białystok. For Tarasewicz, materials and objects function as tools for delineating lines of networks between various events and their dimensional characteristics.