Home Made Candles
“Chapel” Gallery, 11 March – 22 May 2016
Curator: Leszek Golec
The short documentary with the above title was made in 2013 in relation to an exhibition on various marginalized and undervalued forms of work. It presents an extremely amiable bee keeper who produces blessed candles at home. (Blessed candle is a large wax candle accompanying a catholic on the days of most important religious events in his life, always the same – from his baptizing to his death). The hero of the film makes them by pouring beeswax into a tube from a vacuum cleaner he uses on a daily basis. What plays a major role in the further part of the production process is a kitchen stool turned upside down as well as a feather quilt on a double bed; suffice it to say that sacrum mixes with profanum in a charming way, and what is social is clearly lined with what is private.
At Daniel Rumiancew’s latest exhibition at the “Chapel” Gallery we are showing sculptures-objects made of beeswax specially created for this exhibition, which was inspired by the abovementioned film, also is presented here as a sort of manual. These works are simultaneously conceptual and formal variations on the topic of candle, which is regarded as a rather ‘difficult’ subject matter since it is usually associated with kitsch or religiousness, i.e. something not really popular with artists. Interestingly, the exhibition is presented in a place that used to be a sacred object – parish church for Orońsko inhabitants; at the same time it is the oldest component of the Centre of Polish Sculpture.
Born in Stalowa Wola in 1970. He studied philosophy at Warsaw University and photography at Academy of Fine Arts in Poznań. A lecturer at the Artistic Education Institute of The Maria Grzegorzewska University.
Selected solo exhibition: Room-Living, Galeria FF, Łódź (2002), Autoerotique. Love Song, TR Warsaw (2004), Taxi Dancer, Galeria Potocka, Krakow (2005), Expedition to Another Room, Czarna Gallery, Warsaw (2007), Low Pressure, Gale-Force Wind, Arsenał Gallery, Białystok (2008), Dancing with Tears in Your Eyes Spółdzielnia Goldex Poldex, Krakow (2010).
Selected group exhibitions: Breaking News. Polish Young Performance, CSW Zamek Ujazdowski, Warsaw (2001), Look at me. novart.pl, Bunkier Sztuki, Krakow (2002), Under the White and Red Flag. New Art from Poland, Rottermann Salt Storage, Tallin, Estonia, CAC, Vilnius, Lithuania and NCCA, Moscow, Russia (2004), Far West Near East, Forum Kunst und Architektur, Essen, Germany (2004), Overstaying, City Gallery Arsenał, Poznań (2004), Club Cube, CSW Zamek Ujazdowski, Warsaw (2005), Boys, Bunkier Sztuki, Krakow (2005), Ok! Wyspiański, National Museum, Krakow (2008), Red-Eye Effect, CSW Zamek Ujazdowski, Warsaw (2008), Agent Absurd, Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast, Northern Irland (2009), Gone to Croatan, CSW Znaki Czasu, Toruń (2009), Uncanny, Hit Gallery, Bratislava, Slovakia (2010), Gone to Croatan, Hartware MedienKunstVerein, Dortmund, Germany (2011), How To Become Who You Are, BWA, Tarnów (2013), Woman of Marble, Manhattan Gallery, Łódź (2013), Returning to the Roots, City Gallery Arsenał, Poznań (2014), Gender in Art, MOCAK Museum of Contemporary Art, Krakow (2015), Exotic?, Zachęta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw (2015), Everybody Will Be Sisters, Art Museum, Łódź (2015).