Marta Krześlak
September 18 - October 9, 2020

Polar lights are a light phenomenon observable in the upper atmosphere near the magnetic poles of Earth. The Sun continuously emits a stream of charged particles known as solar wind. Entering Earth’s ionosphere, it undergoes reactions resulting in colourful moving flares, which can be noticed on the night sky.
The Polar Lights installation fits the space of the SOON_ project, which is located in a glazed building exposed to sunlight. Sensitive to weather conditions, it reveals its full potential only on a sunny day. The installation is built of wires, on which vibration motors moving colourful pieces of foil are suspended. The rotating surfaces hum delicately and the sunlight casting on them gives rise to multicolour reflections, creating light phenomena affecting the whole surrounding space. Each object moves with a slightly different speed and the rotating items differ from one another in the texture, colour and the capability of reflecting light. The installation changes during the day in line with the degree of cloudiness and the movement of the Sun on the sky. When the sunlight is not cast on the objects, they are backlit with directional rays of LED lights, which generate the Polar Lights artificially. At that time, the installation becomes a trash collection of laboratory experiments left alone to themselves, set in motion by something like wind.


Marta Krześlak – born in 1994; graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Łódź (2018). Studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw and at Ensba Lyon. Doctoral student at the Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków. He interests focus on dreams, memories, memorised or imagined landscapes. Using found objects, she builds narratives, where she analyses the nature of human action and human interactions with space. Her works were presented at individual exhibitions (among others in the Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art, the Gdansk City Gallery) and collective exhibitions (among others, in the Museum of Art in Łódź, the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw). Laureate of the Young Wolves Festival, the Grey House Foundation Award, and the Best Diploma Contest in Gdańsk.

SOON_54  Marta Krześlak
SOON_54  Marta Krześlak
SOON_54  Marta Krześlak
SOON_54  Marta Krześlak
SOON_54  Marta Krześlak
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