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Giedymin Jablonski and Friends: 44 years of creative activity

Exhibition  /  17 May 2014
Published: 13.05.2014
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Intro
The Gallery of Art in Legnica presents an exhibition by Giedymin Jablonski on the 44th anniversary of his career in art, but also as an educator, curator etc.. The exhibition will count with invited artists.

Artist list

Giedymin Jablonski
“We put the thought of all that we love into all that we make.”
The Elves in ‘The Lord of the Rings’ by J.R.R. Tolkien

Why Friends and Why 44?

When I began my adventure in jewellery forty-four years ago, I never thought it would last this long or that it would become so important to me. Back then, not only the year 2014, now in progress, but even the coming of the 21st century seemed like an extremely faraway future impossible to grasp for even a fertile imagination. Now, when I look back, this space-time, made hazy by the imperfections of memory seems to be saturated with recollections, images and flashes of events that are not susceptible to any attempts to fully assess or summarise them.

What has remained though, is a feeling of a continuity of identity. Back then, people who were at the age I am now seemed so old to me and so different from me, young in body and soul, that they seemed as if from another world. Society and culture were also completely different. Today, it’s turned out that, although I have been a genealogical grandfather for years now and cognitive instruments have become so much better, I have remained in my mind the same child who strives to comprehend the world. And, although I have already travelled quite a long road for a human lifetime, I still feel that I am only at its schuster-nicole-schuster-nicole-beginning-2016-2016. I’ve just accumulated information stored in my memory and have a stronger awareness of the really limited maximum time I have left for further travel. However, instead of like the poet Tuwim asking God to “Please, leave me for another life, like keeping me down in the same grade for another year,” I just ask for a little more time to finish my works in progress and to share the new thoughts I feel are important and good with my friends.

My ancestors come from the Vilnius region. After my parents’ generation regained an independent Poland for twenty years after World War I and, after their self-sacrificing fight on the various fronts of World War II, found itself under Soviet occupation, hypocritically called the ‘Polish Peoples’ Republic,’ when dreams of breaking free from this yoke seemed almost utopian, Polish Romantic poetry returned to its role as an important medium of cultural continuity and national tradition and took on new, contemporary connotations. . The mysterious ‘number forty-four’ from Adam Mickiewicz’s poetic drama became one of my childhood’s favourite riddles and has remained a special number even today, just like other memories from that time. That is why, when Legnica Gallery of Art Director Zbyszek Kraska offered me an opportunity to have an exhibition in the forty-fourth year of my career, I enthusiastically accepted his invitation even though it was completely foolhardy from the point of view of preparing an appropriate collection.

When I developed the exhibition’s concept, a key factor was my conviction that my life’s most important achievements are not material objects, but interpersonal ties, spread out in space-time like the Indra’s Net in Buddhism, consisting of pearls placed in such a way that every pearl simultaneously reflects all the others and the entire universe.

That is why I decided that the exhibition held on the 44th anniversary of my career in art, but also as an educator, curator etc., will consist of two equal parts. My works and the works of my friends who I invited. Of course, neither of these parts is comprehensive. I would rather say that they are a long way from being complete. To make them complete would be impossible. Which is just as well, because what is closed ceases to live. Such incompleteness does not mean untruthfulness.

The part dedicated to my friends and made thanks to their kindness is like a meeting, where those who were invited showed up because they could and wanted to. I am immensely grateful to them all. Not only because they have graced my exhibition with their works, but most of all because they have confirmed our ties of friendship.

The part of the exhibition consisting of my pieces is like the flotsam and jetsam of a lone sailor’s boat washed upon the shore. The sailor survived the disaster and tries to continue his voyage, but can these fragments be arranged into a coherent whole?

I’m sure of one thing – the common thread in all my works is that it they contain traces of thoughts about what I love, what is dearest to me. And this confession, which is already intimate enough, must suffice. Too detailed commentary destroys what Umberto Eco considers the conditio sine qua non of a work of art – a certain measure of mystery, a haze of ambiguity which allows the viewer to exercise their imagination and constant reinterpretation.

- Giedymin Jabłoński

Tłumaczył Piotr Łuba

Remarks

Opening on the 17th of May 2014
The opening ceremony will be graced with a recital by the famous Polish composer and vocalist Agata Zubel 
The programme includes: Astor Piazzolla - Tangos, Agata Zubel –voice, Michał Moc – accordion

The Organiser:

The Gallery of Art in Legnica, Poland

Director of the gallery & project manager: Zbigniew Kraska

The Curators: Monika Szpatowicz, Paulina Skurzynska

Participating artists:
David Watkins, Michael Petry, Slawek Fijalkowski, Karl Fritsch, Romualdas Incirauskas, Yoko Izawa, Wojciech Kalandyk, Laima Keriene, Felieke Van der Leest, Tina Lilienthal, Wilhelm Tasso Mattar, Marta Mattsson, Anita Matysek, Judy McCaig, Kelly McCallum, Wojciech Mokwinski, Andrzej Pacak, Philip Sajet, Andrzej Szadkowski, Manuel Vilhena, Barbara Westwood, Eeva Wornell, Michael Zobel, Violeta Adomaityte, Dovile Kondrasovaite, Rima Zaveckaite, Iveta Zdaniauskyte
Giedymin Jablonski.
Giedymin Jablonski

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Giedymin Jablonski. Object: The Circle, 2003. Sterling silver, granite. Set of jewellery (necklace, bangle, ring). Giedymin Jablonski
Object: The Circle, 2003
Sterling silver, granite
Set of jewellery (necklace, bangle, ring)
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Giedymin Jablonski. Object: And This As If Somebody Was Crying, 2002. Natural amber drop, paper, thread, plastic bag. Giedymin Jablonski
Object: And This As If Somebody Was Crying, 2002
Natural amber drop, paper, thread, plastic bag
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Giedymin Jablonski. Photograph: Amber Route, 2005. Inkjet print. Giedymin Jablonski
Photograph: Amber Route, 2005
Inkjet print
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Giedymin Jablonski. Pendant: Solar Amulet, 2002. Amber, fine silver, flax string. From the collection of the Amber Museum in Gdansk. Giedymin Jablonski
Pendant: Solar Amulet, 2002
Amber, fine silver, flax string
From the collection of the Amber Museum in Gdansk
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Giedymin Jablonski. Necklace: Found on the Amber Route, 2007. Amber, CPU radiator, phone card chip, fine silver, fine gold, steel cable, magnets. Giedymin Jablonski
Necklace: Found on the Amber Route, 2007
Amber, CPU radiator, phone card chip, fine silver, fine gold, steel cable, magnets
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Giedymin Jablonski. Pendant: King for Emily, 2002. Raw amber, pure silver, pure gold, pure platinum, rough diamonds. Giedymin Jablonski
Pendant: King for Emily, 2002
Raw amber, pure silver, pure gold, pure platinum, rough diamonds
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Giedymin Jablonski. Pendant: Amber Love Postproduction, 2009. Raw amber. From the collection of the Malbork Castle Museum. Giedymin Jablonski
Pendant: Amber Love Postproduction, 2009
Raw amber
From the collection of the Malbork Castle Museum
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Giedymin Jablonski. Object: HARAKKA, Gone with the Wind, 1999. Weather vane, different materials from aircraft wrecks, wooden pole found on the seaside. Giedymin Jablonski
Object: HARAKKA, Gone with the Wind, 1999
Weather vane, different materials from aircraft wrecks, wooden pole found on the seaside
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Giedymin Jablonski. Earrings: HARAKKA, Gone with the Wind 2, 1999. Different materials from aircraft wrecks, sterling silver, neodymium magnets, plastic foil, thread. Giedymin Jablonski
Earrings: HARAKKA, Gone with the Wind 2, 1999
Different materials from aircraft wrecks, sterling silver, neodymium magnets, plastic foil, thread
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Giedymin Jablonski. Necklace: Jolly Roger, 2009. Aluminium cast human shinbones, fine silver, rough diamond, Swarovski crystal, fabric, steel. Giedymin Jablonski
Necklace: Jolly Roger, 2009
Aluminium cast human shinbones, fine silver, rough diamond, Swarovski crystal, fabric, steel
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Giedymin Jablonski. Brooch: Turnov Laliquiana, 2002. Sterling silver, garnet. Giedymin Jablonski
Brooch: Turnov Laliquiana, 2002
Sterling silver, garnet
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Giedymin Jablonski. Object: Ding an Sich (No Thing) to master Immanuel, 2010. Glass, plastic. Giedymin Jablonski
Object: Ding an Sich (No Thing) to master Immanuel, 2010
Glass, plastic
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Giedymin Jablonski. Pendant: Systems of Values, 2011. Contemporary European coins, 9mm gun cartridge, silver, cotton string. Giedymin Jablonski
Pendant: Systems of Values, 2011
Contemporary European coins, 9mm gun cartridge, silver, cotton string
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Giedymin Jablonski. Object: Miss Laska, 20... Raw amber, found objects: porcelain head and a smashed head of a walking stick, sterling silver partly gold plated. From the collection of the Malbork Castle Museum. Giedymin Jablonski
Object: Miss Laska, 20..
Raw amber, found objects: porcelain head and a smashed head of a walking stick, sterling silver partly gold plated
From the collection of the Malbork Castle Museum
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Giedymin Jablonski. Pendant: My Vilnius, 2005. Sterling silver, pebble, diamond. Giedymin Jablonski
Pendant: My Vilnius, 2005
Sterling silver, pebble, diamond
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Giedymin Jablonski. Pendant: My Fair Lady, 2011. Striped flintstone, fine silver gold and rhodium plated. Giedymin Jablonski
Pendant: My Fair Lady, 2011
Striped flintstone, fine silver gold and rhodium plated
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Giedymin Jablonski. Brooch: A Happy End of the Eyor’s Tail (Tale), 2011. Found object, book (ready made). Giedymin Jablonski
Brooch: A Happy End of the Eyor’s Tail (Tale), 2011
Found object, book (ready made)
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Giedymin Jablonski. Brooch: A Pearl Is a Pearl (to Gertrude Stein), 2013. Fine silver gold and rhodium plated, Tahitian pearl, stainless steel. Giedymin Jablonski
Brooch: A Pearl Is a Pearl (to Gertrude Stein), 2013
Fine silver gold and rhodium plated, Tahitian pearl, stainless steel
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Giedymin Jablonski. Brooch: MARGERITA ANTE PORCVS, 2013. Fine silver gold and rhodium plated, Tahitian pearl, stainless steel. Giedymin Jablonski
Brooch: MARGERITA ANTE PORCVS, 2013
Fine silver gold and rhodium plated, Tahitian pearl, stainless steel
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Giedymin Jablonski. Pendant: A Pearl With No Girl, 2010. Fine silver gold and rhodium plated, Tahitian pearl, stainless steel. Brooch. Giedymin Jablonski
Pendant: A Pearl With No Girl, 2010
Fine silver gold and rhodium plated, Tahitian pearl, stainless steel
Brooch
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Giedymin Jablonski. Object: The Philosopher’s Stone, 2010. Copper ore, fine silver partly gold plated, fine gold, pure copper. Giedymin Jablonski
Object: The Philosopher’s Stone, 2010
Copper ore, fine silver partly gold plated, fine gold, pure copper
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Giedymin Jablonski. Object: Black Cube, Hommage à Kazimierz Malewicz, 2014. PVC, acrylic paint. 80X80X80cm. Presented on a readymade mannequin, h=180cm. Giedymin Jablonski
Object: Black Cube, Hommage à Kazimierz Malewicz, 2014
PVC, acrylic paint
80X80X80cm
Presented on a readymade mannequin, h=180cm
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David Watkins. Piece: Garland 3 (Ophelia 6), 2009. Bangle, acrylic, gold. RP. Machined, fabricated, hand finished. David Watkins
Piece: Garland 3 (Ophelia 6), 2009
Bangle, acrylic, gold. RP
Machined, fabricated, hand finished
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Michael Petry. Piece: Joshua D’s Wall, 2012. Glass stone. Michael Petry
Piece: Joshua D’s Wall, 2012
Glass stone
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Giedymin Jablonski. Necklace: Seaside, 2003. Raw amber with a natural hole, sticks found on the beach, partly gilded, cotton string, fine silver. Giedymin Jablonski
Necklace: Seaside, 2003
Raw amber with a natural hole, sticks found on the beach, partly gilded, cotton string, fine silver
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Giedymin Jablonski. Object: OPERA CLAUSA – Open Other Side (to Umberto Eco), 19.... Wood, sterling silver, etching. Giedymin Jablonski
Object: OPERA CLAUSA – Open Other Side (to Umberto Eco), 19...
Wood, sterling silver, etching
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Giedymin Jablonski. Piece: Mobius Strip, 1999. Bangle, copper. Giedymin Jablonski
Piece: Mobius Strip, 1999
Bangle, copper
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Giedymin Jablonski. Object: EPPUR SI  MUOVE, 1984. Sterling silver, clock parts, quartz clock mechanism, mahogany wood. Object clock. Giedymin Jablonski
Object: EPPUR SI MUOVE, 1984
Sterling silver, clock parts, quartz clock mechanism, mahogany wood
Object clock
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Giedymin Jablonski. Brooch: I Can See You. A silver brooch with a glass eye reproduced on the CD cover of the British group Yeti. Giedymin Jablonski
Brooch: I Can See You
A silver brooch with a glass eye reproduced on the CD cover of the British group Yeti
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Giedymin Jablonski. Pendant: HORA FVGIT, 1973. Sterling silver, sandglass, Swiss made wristwatch. Giedymin Jablonski
Pendant: HORA FVGIT, 1973
Sterling silver, sandglass, Swiss made wristwatch
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Giedymin Jablonski. Object: DVLCE ET DECORVM, 1996. Sugar (cast), fine silver, leaf gold, aluminium teaspoon. ‘sugar bowl’. Giedymin Jablonski
Object: DVLCE ET DECORVM, 1996
Sugar (cast), fine silver, leaf gold, aluminium teaspoon
‘sugar bowl’
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Manuel Vilhena. Pendant: Untitled, 2008. Fine gold, amber, ruby. Manuel Vilhena
Pendant: Untitled, 2008
Fine gold, amber, ruby
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Andrzej Szadkowski. Brooch: AD’14, 2014. Amber, metal. Andrzej Szadkowski
Brooch: AD’14, 2014
Amber, metal
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