Mariana TrenchMariana Trench
Silkscreen, plywood, waste can with plastic bag, trash 70x70x70cm 2016
Boxes with eyes full of enthusiasm or apathy – two polar moods of today’s economy heavy with emotional burdens – travel as a crew of subject-like units or co-workers; art objects’ general exhibitionistic potential and their role as a passive interface between different societal strata are exaggerated. They remind us of various forms of not necessarily pleasant job-related movement where human bodies travel side-by-side with packaged goods and are demanded some of the same qualities. The current emotional economy, caused by existing bureaucratic institutions coping poorly with huge numbers of people and their lack of will to participate in formal democratic procedures, creates a very strong belief in forms of face-to-face informal communication. A confusion of human and non-human agents, surrender of personal interests and universal values to various particularities go hand in hand with it. Different situations of daily interaction are considered in individual objects, where one has to participate in a dialogue not quite knowing the exact humanity of the interlocutor. Neo-pop (e.g., Keith Haring, Takashi Murakami) with its sole concern of increasing distribution networks and treatment of people as overabundant raw resource is taken as a dangerous art historic analogy to the tendencies mentioned.