Open Call Artist Research: Ula Dajerling

In 2013, I visited Poland born, London based artist Ula Dajerling‘s exhibition Dark Materialism at Plymouth Arts Centre.  I was intrigued with her pieces which included ideas of space,  time and our connection to the environment whether it’s man-made or natural.

The first piece I came across was two objects which looked like pieces of coal like structures called Dark Materialism, 2012 presented on a white plinth.  The plinth gave the objects a prominence, alluding to ideas of a relic of some importance.  The larger of the two objects was a piece of copper slag which had been thrown back into the landscape  after smelting metal from the earth.  Although Dajerling initially thought the object was a natural material, it was actually a by-product of the “engineered landscape”.  The smaller object was made by pouring melted wax into the larger object to create a piece which represented the void.  These pieces suggest ideas of how society connects with, effects and fills it’s environment (Plymouth Arts Centre, 2013)

Ula Dajerling, 2012, Dark Materialism, Image available at: http://www.plymouthartscentre.org/gallery/2013/ula-dajerling-dark-materialism.html?galItem=386&galAlbum=Dark+Materialism%3B+Ula+Dajerling&galTag=
Ula Dajerling, 2012, Dark Materialism, Image available at: http://www.plymouthartscentre.org/gallery/2013/ula-dajerling-dark-materialism.html?galItem=386&galAlbum=Dark+Materialism%3B+Ula+Dajerling&galTag=

The second work I am interested in is Victory Over the Sun, 2012.  The piece is a swinging rock pendulum with a light directly beneath.  The rotation of the rock and shadow created on the ceiling is reminder of time passing by.  I particularly like this piece because there is something very hypnotizing and historical about the circular movement.  In terms of a historical nature, it suggested to me the fact of the continuous earth rotation for millions of years and life’s necessity for this movement – which is something that could be deemed as sacred (Ibid).

Ula Dajerling, 2012, Victory over the sun, Image available at: http://www.plymouthartscentre.org/gallery/2013/ula-dajerling-dark-materialism.html?galItem=402&galAlbum=Dark+Materialism%3B+Ula+Dajerling&galTag=
Ula Dajerling, 2012, Victory over the sun, Image available at: http://www.plymouthartscentre.org/gallery/2013/ula-dajerling-dark-materialism.html?galItem=402&galAlbum=Dark+Materialism%3B+Ula+Dajerling&galTag=

References:

Plymouth Arts Centre (2013) Ula Dajerling, Dark Materialism. Plymouth: Plymouth Arts Centre. Available at: http://www.plymouthartscentre.org/art/archive1/2013/ula-dajerling,-dark-materialism.html (accessed on 22/02/2014)

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