Adwan, Hobot, and Smits first began working together during an artist residency in Bialystok, Poland during the summer of 2010. For two months, they shared a studio space and began discussions about their common investigations into psychological states of mind - dysfunctional thoughts or behaviour - as they relate to aesthetics. In Goody 3 Shoes, the three artists present video, installation and sculpture that poke at hidden states of self-doubt, trauma, fear, or abandonment.
Nora Adwan‘s kinetic sculpture installation combines found objects with sculpted elements and photographs. The several works throughout the exhibition, both video and sculpture, form a single piece. The central piece is a chair wobbling on top of a spring with oars flailing uselessly with the movement of the seat. A series of photographs on canvas showing a woman trying to row the dysfunctional object form a barrier around the chair.
Barbara Hobot‘s sculptures take the shape of weaponry made from objects like sticks, rope, and rocks. She covers her fabricated weapons with paper and finishes them with paint. Their prop-like qualities, along with their abstracted form, make these weapons more suitable for an unknown violence - an act that takes place in an imaginary world. One cannot help but imagine using the sculpture for evil, while also feeling like the weapons may jump off the wall and cause them harm.
Ina Smits‘ installation, which has as its central idea a bull in a china store, symbolizes the mind, the place where memories are stored and feelings and emotions are produced. The store consists of closets and shelves loaded with broken china (repaired several times) all decorated with childhood memories. In the centre of the store there is an enormous blindfolded bull, made out of fabric. The work represents our ability to turn our back on things we are: It is the destructive force of the mind or personality that as a reflex or on purpose, will run amok and destroy everything that is precious and valuable.
Exhibition organised/ curated by Hanna @Kurt