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)
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).
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)