Gosia Koscielak: The Sweet Hereafter @ LAB, NY,NY

The Sweet Hereafter: Recent Video and Sculpture by Gosia Koscielak
Curated by Raul Zamudio
NY, NY July 2-12

The Sweet Hereafter is a one-person exhibition by the Polish multimedia artist Gosia Koscielak. While the title is a reference to the novel by Russell Banks as well as a euphemism for death, The Sweet Hereafter is neither morbid nor does it ascribe to mortality as empirical finality. Rather, it’s more akin to contemporary memento mori and underscores the imperative human need to construct meaning in a seemingly meaningless world. It uses a ubiquitous, sugar-coated colloquialism for death as narrative foil in order to rethink the knowledge of impending mortality as opening up the possibility for human redemption within the context of our collective existential dilemma.
Gosia Koscielak articulates these concerns as well as others via her digital-based new media sculpture that is a mixture of visual, olfactory, and audio elements. The Sweet Hereafter consists of a large video projection of a serene seascape that serves as metaphor for the tenacity of the human spirit to survive, prevail and supersede under any conditions. In aesthetic, philosophical and sensorial dialogue with this piece is a video work projected from the ceiling onto a pile of salt on the floor that further engulfs the exhibition space with smells, sounds and sight. Rounding out the exhibition is a series of electronic LED sculptures mounted on the wall based on texts by the philosopher Paul Feyerabend. A publication will accompany the exhibition which includes works by the artist and an essay by the curator.
THE LAB (for installation + performance art) is a New York based, converted storefront turned fishbowl producing 30+ fast paced performance art and installation exhibitions annually. Aimed at furious midtown foot traffic, THE LAB’s programming is designed to confront modern relationships between art and audience and seeks to force interaction between high energy, “outerspective” exhibitions and nearly 25,000 daily passersby. It is THE LAB’s goal to reach out through the glass and capture, fascinate, amuse, bemuse, soothe, shake and satisfy any and all who pass within eye or ear shot of the corner of 47th and Lexington. For more information, call 212-339-2092, or email rogersmitharts@rogersmith.com.
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