Waiting Room (Ausländerbehörde) (Panel 28), 2019

Kasia Fudakowski, Waiting Room (Ausländerbehörde) (Panel 28), 2019, (Continuouslessness, 2017 – ongoing), steel, wood, faux leather, foam, PVC, tape, paint, 198 × 213 × 8 cm

A punishment in search of a crime, (always on the look out for new hosts…), has made alliances with time.

Sitting in a waiting room of a migration office in Berlin, Fudakowski noticed that above each chair there was a halo of fat on the wall, created by every person who had held their head back in boredom or despair against the wall while waiting for their number to come up. The suffering caused by waiting in uncertainty, by being kept in limbo, in suspense, creates a kind of unforgivable polluting grey energy which is so often overlooked.

Created for ‘A Shiver in Search of a Spine’ Arario Gallery Seoul, Korea

“Waiting Room (Ausländerbehörde)”, 2019 is part of Kasia Fudakowski’s lifelong project titled Continuouslessness (2017 – ongoing) a series of paravant-like sculptures employing complete material freedom. Each panel explores different ideas, thought processes and techniques and is a work on its own, as well as a member of an ever-growing series. The word ‘continuouslessness’ itself, exists as a messy double negative resulting in oppositional concord; its structure is visually awkward, a linguistically clumsy collection of letters– a coalition of chaos reflected in the sculptures themselves. No one panel can stand alone, but must rely on its neighbor for structural support. This neither guarantees harmony nor precludes individuality as each panel may demonstrate a different idea, material or character as long as it is able to connect to the previous panel, be that an awkward joining of hands. The series will remain unfinished until the artist’s death.