Stanisław Dróżdż and Marlena Kudlicka at ARCO 2014

Stanisław Dróżdż and Marlena Kudlicka at ARCO 2014

Marlena Kudlicka, Protocol of errors on.e (02), 2014, collage, 42 x 30 cm

Protocol of errors on.e
project constitutes a protocol structure, collecting and categorising the different meanings of error found in language, statistics, and logic. Marlena Kudlicka is interested in the term and the function that the protocol itself carries, as well as its references as a code of proper conduct. The collected register, which evokes a notion of error, is the starting point for a project that contains sculptures, collages, and drawings. The artist wonders where errors originate. She is interested in the technological mechanisms (machines) and mental mechanisms behind language errors. The artist includes printing machines in these technological mechanisms - old linotypes, in which printing errors often occurred. Another source of inspiration for Kudlicka is the Constructivist prints of such artists as Władysław Strzemiński, Henryk Berlewi, Jan Tschichold, and El Lissitzky.

Protocol of errors on.e series was specially made for the Arco Fair in Madrid, where Kudlicka’s work was shown alongside one of the classics of Polish concrete poetry, Stanisław Dróżdż. Kudlicka’ssculptures entered a dialogue with Dróżdż’s Forgetting of 1967.

What links them is, above all, an analysis of language. The meeting of these two artists: the late Dróżdż, whose most important pieces were created in the 1960s and 1970s, and the young sculptress, who draws from the avant-garde of the 20th century, was a meeting of opposites: Dróżdż sought precision and faultless solutions, while Kudlicka is inspired by errors. We might also say that Kudlicka’s work literally begins where Dróżdż’s leaves off—at the period. The period is the main component of Kudlicka’s sculptures. The period appears as a glass circle that we might associate, for instance, with a magnifying glass for finding errors (there is such a popular function in mobile phones, for instance). The period is also a key symbol in the on.e collage series, which came about through an accidental error in writing the word "one”. Here the period is an error, a place where a short circuit transpires, stopping or interrupting a process.