Liposuction fat, skulls and fur: We spoke to controversial artist Jan Manski

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Idol III

Idol III, Jan Manski, 2010 _ 100 x 70 x 2 cm colour photograph, soil, steel

Your work is quite controversial – what has the response been to both exhibitions?

Art is a channel of communication and can be a way to manifest disobedience. I admire those who have the courage to express critical thinking and don’t conform to rules. I have a vision and a strong desire to share it. Reactions vary quite a bit. Onania has many layers – it depends on how deep the viewer is able to go. Some say ‘lovely’, but others turn their faces in disgust. Some say that they can feel it in their stomach or that it has the ‘wow effect’, but for me visual intensity is just the first layer. The next layers are more amusing and rewarding, but of course it demands much more of the viewer. Possesia is currently being shown for the first time in London and so far there is a positive response from the press and gallery audience. The dynamic that is new is the relationship of both parts to each other.

 

Details: Idol III, 2010. Colour photograph. Soil, steel, wood and glass box frame.

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