The virtually-emptiness of this exhibition eerily befits an artist who disappeared without the need of a trace in 2018, almost 3 a long time right after she stopped generating art amid struggles with schizophrenia identified in the mid-1980s. Titled “When you look into my eyes, you see what?,” the show consists of documentation of Ciba’s quick output as a university student at the Academy of Wonderful Arts in Warsaw from 1982 to 1987, as perfectly as a handful of pictures of her at the time and two photos taken not extensive before she went missing. Most intriguing is a variety of exhibition photographs shown inside of a vitrine: daring, glyphlike marks in black-and-white acrylic on massive sheets hung free in place-sized installations. 1 photograph depicts a sparse composition of angular strains that variously resemble an arrow, a verify mark, and a triangular peak versus a crimson track record that curator Zuzanna Wilska suspects was stitched jointly from the purple base band of many Polish flags.
Wilska argues for Ciba’s position as a essential determine in Polish art in the 1980s, pointing to her participation in important team exhibits in Warsaw that encapsulated an emphatic turn to painting all over that ten years. When many friends channeled collective exhaustion with equally the language of the avant-garde and a restrictive socialist regime into expressive, frequently absurd figuration akin to the Neue Wilde, Ciba worked in escalating isolation and cultivated a somewhat distinctive pared-down and abstracted symbology. As barely any of Ciba’s do the job exists currently (a pair of doodles gifted to a good friend and exhibited here bear minimal resemblance to her portray), the approximately vacant exhibition asserts Ciba’s presence by building her absence material. The work of preserving archives, to which the Arton Foundation is devoted, from time to time has a lot less to do with filling in gaps than insisting on the holes that unsettle canonized variations of artwork record.