19 July 2022 Kindly invited to the mini online exhibition "Unfamiliar Area" "ft.props", curated by Lene Lekše.
Props are a series of enigmatic objects. They usually appear in galleries and art studios as supports of paintings, television screens, and, occasionally, stand alone in the space as part of an installation. They inhabit spaces, support the artworks and situate them in space. This is not the expected, inter-artistic collaboration, as the objects renounce their co-authorship. They present themselves to the viewers and users as elaborate industrial items that carry only temporary meanings assigned to them. Their meaning and function change and adapt with every exhibition. They are above all practical.
Despite their anonymity, props covertly record their own performance resume with every public appearance. They become an autonomous organism that spreads uncontrollably. As an escaped experiment from a laboratory, they transform from objects into living structures that not only support foreign works of art but also rely on them in their struggle for their own existence. Props have no mouth, no stomach, no eyes, but they can carry many burdens. When they spread into the field of art by means of repetition, support and leaning on foreign works, they justify their existence in its subtle symbiosis. It even happens that they have the power of co-creation and questioning of exhibition spaces and systems of artistic activity inside the galleries. When they enter into a cultural space, they become part of urban rumours of more attentive visitors. With repetition and selfless support of other artists, they gradually acquire a more complex meaning. Perhaps props contain an unknown molecule, which encourages a relatively complex behaviour of a seemingly simple support organism. Despite what has been written, the real meaning remains a mystery.