Will & Desire
a place where you can touch art
and where art is touching you
The main gallery space with curated exhibitions only.
The place where the art has its time and space to manifest itself in its own rhythm and various aspects of being.
Laboratory of ideas and meaning.
A place with a touch of history: an authentic former military casino with a preserved interior design.
A polyphonic, diverse art space to be shared with the public for various exhibitions, events, meetings and performances.
Old Town Space
Our gallery space which became too small for our big ideas and was transformed to the intimate art space for rent for private events. Due to its location in the heart of Warsaw's old town, it functions mainly as an art apartment for tourists becoming the place where people meet art in everyday life, which aligns with our idea of liberating art from galleries and museums.
Our Current Exhibitions
Józef Krzysztof Oraczewski
This time, Józef Krzysztof Oraczewski's exhibition is unambiguous.
Without metaphors, abstractions, ambiguous references. Black is black: bottomlessly deep and deeply filled with itself. In all pixels and saturation. Like ink that stains irretrievably and writes something in black and white. Like a film of transparent, unexpressed, yet clearly present facts and emotions.
There is no room for the fog of inquiry, the veil of silence, the sweeping of uncomfortable feelings under the rug.
There are no mental painkillers, shallow ideas, understatements and presumptions as to what the artist had in mind.
There is no other message than the one that is. Whipping is whipping. And there is indescribable pain in scourging, suffering concentrated beyond the norm, exceeding the limits of endurance.
There is a scream saturated with a silent sound swelling in whispers, helplessness, a sense of hopelessness.
Whipping is a fact that cannot be escaped, turned a blind eye, pushed to the background, replaced with mental gibberish or sublime abstraction. The exhibition is like a whip on wounded skin. The pain is real. Acute. Dense. Suffering is real, unsweetened by illusions or false hope. Darkness and hell exist; they are not a surreal vision from the land of fantasy, a tool of fear or manipulation. Humiliation humiliates. Emptiness, helplessness enslave; they have no chance of escaping. Fear of death paralyses. Death is unequivocal, total, without theatrical props and masques.
There is also a cross. It is not accidental, but built on purpose, by human hands. And although the cross shows that suffering, still total and inevitable, can be the gate of victory, hell will be followed by resurrection, night will be followed by a day, but the scourging is now. It appears at the least expected moment, against something, in disharmony with plans and expectations. Like this exhibition, deliberately organised during pre-Christmas preparations. Because suffering cannot be postponed or canceled. Whipping is not just an empty word. For the essence of the scourging is the scourged. Yes. Whipping is lashed people. They are whipped. They are here and now. They are us.
Cutting Off Space-Time
JÓZEF KRZYSZTOF ORACZEWSKI
Józef Krzysztof Oraczewski
Chantia Malaja is an artist of mystery. In a world obsessed with self-presentation, she stands out for choosing to remain anonymous. She believes that "to know the nature of smoke, we need not concern ourselves with the nature of fire, which is the cause." The identity of the artist remains secret to underline the universal meaning of art, which should be presented without any label, judgment or prejudice. It's important to separate the artist from the art and approach each piece with an open mind, free from preconceptions.
Chantia Malaja's admiration for minimalism in art is reflected in her concentration on a single but significant theme: the pearl. The pearl symbolizes perfection, innocence and purity. As a carrier of feminine strength and values, it was a fascinating gem of desire in all times and cultures. With its unique meaning that shows a transformation of pain and duality into beauty and simplicity, it reflects a deep perception of the pearl as the remainder of our soul and spiritual journey.
Made from a living organism as a result of a hidden, painful thorn, a pearl shows that there is a kind of important mystery that cannot be revealed, understood or separated from life. Although the unknown is a powerful force that captivates the human mind that wants to conquer it, our incessant need to uncover everything can be harmful to the beauty of mystery. In her art, Chantia Malaja advises: "Leave the secrets as they are in the aura of mystery." They are like a thorn, which is assimilated into life in the process of creating a pearl, a treasure of experiences. The unknown, although a foreign body in our understanding, is a necessary element of creation.
The visual and symbolic aspects of the artworks leading to a feminine sensuality show that the pearl of Chantia Malaja has a woman's face to underline that womanly values are a real treasure that should be respected. This perspective, strengthened by the love for nature and spirituality, is a recurring theme of Chantia Malaya’s art. Her use of natural elements such as a pearl, soil or fire combined with its spiritual motifs, creates a mystical atmosphere, which is opening a subtle individual space of the experience hidden from the senses, perception and mind. "See what cannot be seen." - she says.
The rhythm implemented in art unveils the harmony which keeps existence as one experience. It is essential and simple. Although we tent to complicate the reality, know the secrets, weigh it and measure it with our minds and senses, that is not the most important thing. As Chantia Malaja remarks : “The pearl is important. Just experience the pearl without crushing it to get inside. Its beauty lies in the process of its creation”.
There are more things in Heaven and on Earth than are dreamt of in your philosophy. A mysterious artist reminds us of this truth by remaining hidden, allowing the world to revel in its own enigma through the beauty of art. Her anonymity helps to underline the universal meaning of the message. Let’s appreciate art for its intrinsic value, regardless of who created it and whatever its meaning, purpose and reasons are.
Art by Nature
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"Don't only practice your art, but force your way into its secrets"
Ludwig van Beethoven
PEARL Chantia Malaja
See what cannot be seen
Touch what cannot be touched
Feel what cannot be felt
You decided to stay anonymous. Why?
This is what my art is about. About seeing what cannot be seen, about touching what cannot be touched, about feeling that cannot be felt. There is something which cannot be perceived by senses or mind but it is possible to experience it by the impact that it makes. Like the fire and the smoke or like a mysterious killer and the real body. And this analogy is correct to the certain point, because we need to know the killer or the fire. But there is something that cannot be seen ever. Never. It is just because of its nature. And you can never see it because it is hidden from the direct perception. Still you can see and experience the the impact; the smoke or the body.
But although you know that this kind of something is the reason, the beginning of the smoke, you cannot grasp it in any way. You cannot explore the form, matter of character of this reason. It is beyond the definition.
I decided to become hidden from direct perception. But there is my art which is vivid sing of my existence as something.
You do not want a definition?
I do not want the label. Seeing the smoke people want to know it’s origin, the fire. But the fire cannot tell anything about the nature of the smoke. It can tell something, but not too much. It is a wrong way of experiencing the smoke. It is the way to make the impact on the smoke, make it bigger or extinguish the fire, specially when you are a fireman. But to experience the smoke you do not have to know the nature of the fire. And sometimes I think that some very important things hidden from us just to not allowing us to make this impact. This is why I do not want to make the impact on myself to keep my art authentic and experience the ideas and the colours of the feeling that it contains.
What is this something hidden?
As I said I do not know because it is not possible to know and understand it. It is something that nobody knows and will never know, no matter how hard he tries or how much he or she convinces to know. Of course there is a huge desire to know and understand it. We are all firemen or detectives. We want to know. And we want to make impact on the hidden things. It is normal. But at same point there is time to give up and experience thing what they are.
It is what my art is about. We are looking for the reason and the cause of the pearl. We know that there must be something what made the pearl. But is is not important. The pearl is important, its beauty and the process of creating the pearl.
Just experience the pearl without cursing it to get inside.
Chantia Malaja solo presentation at Art Expo New York
March 30 - April 2, 2023
Chantia Malaja „Pearl” - Art Expo New York presentstion.
We arepleased to show the art of Chantia Malaja with her solo presentation at Art Expo New York. The exhibition takes place from the 30th of March to the 2nd of April 2023 at Pier 36, NYC. We kindly invite all art lovers to participate in this event. For more information and a special invitation to the show, contact us by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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