So, what Wernisazeria is about and why I write a blog about art like this and not otherwise
Wernisazeria is the first lifestyle blog about art and vernissages because culture and art are my lifestyle, not fashion. This blog is the space in which I write my extensive VERNISSAGE COLUMNS: subjective, substantive, full of surprising digressions and specific humor texts about vernissages, art, culture, history and literature.
Vernissage columns are much more than art criticism or writing about art as such.
Once I met with the remark that on Wernisazeria, as a blog about art, I do not point out that something is good or bad art (whatever it means) and – as an opinion-forming person – I should educate people and shape tastes. Because all the wild masses (where are they?) that read me, do not know if they are to delight in something that delights or not to delight when something cannot delight. Moreover, what they have to do in a situation, if something impresses them and should not delight, and what if something does not impress and should delight. Sorry, even Gombrowicz would not cope.
Vernissage columns and “vernissaging”, not a bald art criticism
In my vernissage columns, I write about the whole phenomenon of the “vernissaging”, a particular narration resulting from a specific social and artistic situation, which is the vernissage. I call this activity “vernissaging” [Polish: „wernisażing”], as an intentional reference to Ponglish, the linguistic joke based on mixing Polish- and English-language element. Polish “Wernisaż” means „vernissage” in English and suffix “ing” is English gerund, verb form which functions as a noun, so the term translated into English would be something like “vernissaging”.
I write about art both in the context of the exhibition and its entire setting (lights, catering, music, people). These are not genre-limited reviews or strictly critical and artificial texts. The particular vernissage is an excuse to make erudite-humorous reflections on the blog, not a dry criticism of art. Like a compulsive-obsessive skater, I addictively slide on fields and branches of knowledge as well as universally understood humanities (though not only!). I cannot live without such extensive meanders of thought, almost like without barollo and skiing (but not necessarily both at the same time).
What is a column?
As we know, even on Mars, the worst source of knowledge in our galaxy is Wikipedia. However, even there (on Wikipedia, not on Mars), the column is ideally defined as a written text “in a personal tone, light in form, expressing – often extremely and maliciously – the author’s point of view.”
So, I do not understand why some galleries (and artists) have been offended because, on my blog about art, I do not crow with delight over them (as if the sufficient reason is that they are). Also, they have been angry with me that I write about artists that they think I should not and from several vernissages, I attend during the week, I choose to describe this one and not another. The answer is straightforward: because in my opinion, this vernissage was interesting.
What I do not do, what I do and what I would like
I do not intend to criticize art in the meaning of hypercriticism. I do not want to judge and rant ex-cathedra, whether the given artist’s art is good or bad (again: whatever it means). I assume that everyone has eyes and a heart because you never know how it is with his/her knowledge, so everyone can assess whether something appeals to him/her or not.
There is so much criticism, hypercriticism, hate and venom on the internet and in offline life that I would not even like to contribute to it. That is why at Wernisazeria, I do not write about workshop errors, fatal composition, or any other shortcomings that I sometimes see, because that is not the point. I prefer to write about what I remember as something original and beautiful. And all this endless blogging.
Besides, I would like my vernissage columns to elicit a tremendous cognitive “wow” in readers. Let them not only encourage you to view the exhibition I have described, but also provide material for reflection, a great deal of knowledge, photos of works of art unknown so far, facts, phenomena, trends, concepts, etc. And if not, I hope that at least they will make a few times you smile and say, “well, well, well!”
I also invite you to Instagram oraz Facebook. There is more than on the blog because I post entries about vernissages and art several times a week (and they still contain many pictures!). Moreover, on my YouTube channel, additional visuals will soon be available. And remember about me Pinterest.