In the Raster Sculpture Garden in Warsaw, the familiar form of the rug-beating frame (trzepak) in Polish courtyards is clothed by Oskar Zięta in a new guise: Trzepak 4.0. A modern and novel figure. A figure filled with air. A figure not yet deformed. A figure that is and will remain an experiment.
The TRZEPAK (rug-beating frame) is a focus of backyard meetings in Polish memories. An object whose primary function was lost amid children’s acrobatics, exercises and serious conversations. The rug-beating frame is a symbol of carefreeness. The trzepak is an emotion. The trzepak is a cherished memory.
“The project takes the figure of a courtyard rug-beating frame as its starting point and uses it to explore the surprising space between a functional garden object and an abstract, futuristic spatial form.”
Zięta resurrects old forms and ideas, infusing them with a fresh, often provocative expression. The steel with which the artist primarily works is remarkably malleable and receptive, thanks to Zięta’s in-depth study of the material. The polished material becomes a mirror-like surface that reflects the surrounding environment. Sculptures placed outdoors become mirrors for greenery, the sky, and observers. They beckon for close encounters—especially during this autumn, beneath the courtyard rug-beating frames in the Raster Gallery Sculpture Garden in Warsaw.
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