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Jaroslaw Kozlowski | Soft Protection: The Great Britain and Northern Ireland Version, 1995


Jaroslaw Kozlowski Soft Protection: The Great Britain and Northern Ireland Version, 1995 (installation view)

Jaroslaw Kozlowski Soft Protection: The Great Britain and Northern Ireland Version, 1995 (detail)

Jaroslaw Kozlowski Soft Protection: The Great Britain and Northern Ireland Version, 1995 (installation view)

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Soft Protection is the general title of a series of most recent works by Jaroslaw Kozlowski. He has already realised four different versions of the work, placed in and dedicated to four different social, cultural and political contexts:
Soft Protection : Danish Version (Charlottenborg, Copenhagen, February 1994),
Soft Protection : Swiss Version (Suti Galerie, Bern, April 1994),
Soft Protection : Museum Version (’Europa, Europa’, Kunsthalle Bonn, May 1994) and
Soft Protection : Polish Version (Museum Sztuki/Museum of Modern Art, Lodz, October 94).
Soft Protection : The Great Britain and Northern Ireland Version made for Matt’s Gallery in London for April 1995 is the next and the final manifestation of the idea.As Kozlowski says:

The work consists of elements which are common to all the versions of Soft Protection :
1. Furniture : used furniture of various kinds and condition (tables, chairs, beds, wardrobes, chests, carpets etc), collected in second hand shops. They all keep their own ‘history’ and their own ‘memory’, related to their function, to the places they come from and to the people they have been used by. All of them are cut in half with a saw, which in itself is an aggressive and cruel act of violence. Next, they are collected carefully together again and glued, but in a different way and different order. As a result they almost fit each other, but not exactly. They almost look the same as before, but they are not the same any more. They almost seem to be functional, but they are not useful in any way. As a matter of fact, because of the change in their status they have become totally useless. They have a new identity, they ‘exist’ for themselves and gain a kind of dignity and pride.

2. Dressing : All the visible ‘open’ cuts of the reconstructed furniture are dressed with white bandages. The dressing fulfils at least a double function. First, it protects the ‘painful’ wounds of the furniture. Second, it protects the viewer’s ‘sensibility’ against the drastic and unpleasant view of open wounds (’soft protection’).

3. Newspapers: different daily newspapers from the country where the work is made. They contain various sets of information (politics, social life, culture, economy, sport etc.), good and bad news, almost the ‘reality of today’, but they are not real, just words and images carefully prepared for easy and safe consumption. Where the gallery in which the work is made has windows, they are all partially covered with newspapers - to protect from the view of
outdoor reality.

4. Room : by the special arrangement of standard objects (furniture) the gallery interior is usually changed into a space which is recognisable to everyone, a space one can identify (for example, a ‘living-room’ or a ‘bed-room’), feel familiar with and be comfortable in.
The piece constructed for Matt’s Gallery will differ from the previous four versions. Instead of creating a ‘living space’, this time Kozlowski will erect a structure within the four steel columns of the gallery. This amassing and stacking of the sawn-in-half furniture could be seen as a castle or barricade.

For Soft Protection : The Great Britain and Northern Ireland Version all the furniture was collected in London. The newspapers, however, were collected both in London and Derry.

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Biography
Born Srem, Poland 1945, Lives and works in Polznan Studied Academy of Fine Arts, Posnan Selected Solo Exhibitions 2005 Wyliczanka, Galeria AT, Poznan, Poland 1999 Backspace: European Standards Matt's Gallery, London; Standardy europejskie wersja polska, Galeria AT, Poznan, Poland 1995 In Yellow, Matt's Gallery, London 1986 The Academy, Matt's Gallery, London 1982 Easy Drawings, Matt's Gallery, London 1980 Caledonian Road Series, Matt's Gallery, London Selected Group Exhibitions 2006 …und so hat Konzept noch nie Pferd bedeutet, Generali Foundation, Vienna; In Poland, That is Where? The Centre for Contemporary Art, Warsaw 2005 Egocentric, Immoral, Outmoded, Zacheta-National Gallery of Art, Warsaw; Greetings from Berlin, Emerson Gallery, Berlin 2004 Collected Views from East or West, Generali Foundation , Vienna; Alphabet, Ksia ,z´ka I co dalej 5, Galeria AT, Poznan, Poland 2003 Galeria AT 1982-2003, Galeria Miejska Arsenal Poznan 2002 Czarnobiale, Galeria AT, Poznan, Poland 2000 Visual Art – Simple Live, Edith-Ruß-Haus für Medienkunst, Oldenburg; Negocjatorzy sztuki. Wobec rzeczywistos ´ci, LAZNIA-Centre for Contemporary Art, Gdansk Ksia z'ka I co dalej 2, Galeria AT, Poznan, Poland 1999 Chronos and Kairos, die Zeit in der zeitgenössischen Kunst, Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel; Conceptual Reflexion in Polish Art – Experiences of Discourse: 1965-1975, The Centre for Contemporary Art, Warsaw 1995 Soft Protection: The Great Britain and Northern Ireland Version Matt's Gallery, London 1990 In Yellow Matt's Gallery, London; Ksia ,z´ka I co dalej 1, Biblioteka Raczyn´skich Poznan

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Bibliography
Selected Publications 2000 Jaroslaw Kozlowski. Objects and Installations, Texts by Pawel Polit and Pavel Liska, Dum umeni mesta Brna/The Brno House of Arts, Brno1997 Jaroslaw Kozlowski. Epizody/episodes, Texts by Ewa Gorzadek and Philip Peters, The Centre for Contemporary Art, Ujazdowski Castle, Warschau 1995 Jaroslaw Kozlowski. Drawing and spaces, Biuro wystaw artystycznych we Wroclawie, Drukarna Krajewski, Wroclaw 1994 Jaroslaw Kozlowski. Things and spaces, Museum Sztuki, Lodz, Drukarna, Krajewski, Lodz 1985 Jaroslaw Kozlowski. The Catalogue. The Show. The Exhibition. DAAD Galerie, Berlin, Druckhaus Hentrich, Berlin, Berlin Selected Articles 1995 Przede wszystkim odpowiendxialnosc, L. Krzywda, (rozmowa z prof. Jaroslawem Kozlowskim), Gazeta Malarzt' i Poetöw, No. 1; Inne narzedzia, I. Pikosz, A. Jakubowska, Czas Kultury, No. 1; Jaroslaw Kozlowski, U. Szulakowska, Art Monthly, June, No. 187 1994 Green. Talks with Jaroslaw Kozlowski, K. Ball, Everything, June-July, No. 14; Nie-Porozumienia, M. Bomanowska, Tygodnik Kulturalny, September No. 27; Galeria Foksal 1966-1994, W. Borowski, Warszawa

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