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Water Tattoo by Jakub Woynarowski

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WATER TATOO – designed by Jakub Woynarowski

We invited a visual artist Jakub Woynarowski to create a water tattoo for the Contemporary Lynx readers.

12 x 12 cm

It’s perfect for the upcoming hot summer months!

Water tattoo is both a conceptual piece of art full of symbols and references to the art history and a stylish body decoration.

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WATER TATOO – designed by Jakub Woynarowski

 We invited a visual artist Jakub Woynarowski to create a water tattoo for the Contemporary Lynx readers.

It’s perfect for the upcoming hot summer months!

Can a tattoo be a work of art? — This question fascinates us!

We invited visual artist Jakuba Woynarowski to create a water tattoo for our readers — perfect for the hot summer months.

Tattoos’ original meaning was linked to rituals or mystical ceremonies and indicated social hierarchy (originally, they were reserved only for the chosen ones). Thus, it was both spiritual and social. Today, it is often a youthful spurt, a desire to define oneself or one’s life credo, identify with or belong to a group. For many, it is not a symbol but also a painting where our own body is a canvas to depict our history, fascinations, inspirations, mark crucial events from our lives, or simply a combination of aesthetic choices.

The image represents the ancient theory of how all material things are formed from combinations of four elements, so-called ‘Platonic solids.’ Each of these regular solids is pictorially identified with an appropriate element: the octahedron with air, the tetrahedron with fire, the cube with earth, and the icosahedron with water. The central point of the diagram — which could represent the fifth, spiritual element — is the form of a square: ‘I inscribed a circle in it (to reflect esoteric idea of “circling the square”) and then constructed the hexagon and rotating them, following the drawing by Robert Smithson, who used the same method to construct a spiral. This is how six spiral “paths” were created. What is interesting, a similar combination of hexagon and spiral also appears in Frank Lloyd Wright’s Guggenheim Museum, which was intended to be — according to Hilla Rebay’s commission — a “museum-temple”.’ That is how Woynarowski establishes the connection between mathematics, early modern Neoplatonic tradition, European mysticism and 20th century Avant-garde art (including such artists as Kasimir Malevich and Frank Lloyd Wright).

Jakub Woynarowski is a creator of visual essays, comic books, films and installations. His interests include alchemy, masonry and the margins of art history. His works were displayed at the Polish Pavilion at the 14th Venice Biennale of Architecture in 2014.

 

Additional information

Weight0.05 kg
Dimensions12 × 0.5 × 12 cm
Year

2018

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WATER TATOO – designed by Jakub Woynarowski

12 x 12 cm

Can a tattoo be a work of art? — This question fascinates us!

We invited visual artist Jakuba Woynarowski to create a water tattoo for our readers — perfect for the hot summer months.

Tattoos’ original meaning was linked to rituals or mystical ceremonies and indicated social hierarchy (originally, they were reserved only for the chosen ones). Thus, it was both spiritual and social. Today, it is often a youthful spurt, a desire to define oneself or one’s life credo, identify with or belong to a group. For many, it is not a symbol but also a painting where our own body is a canvas to depict our history, fascinations, inspirations, mark crucial events from our lives, or simply a combination of aesthetic choices.

The image represents the ancient theory of how all material things are formed from combinations of four elements, so-called ‘Platonic solids.’ Each of these regular solids is pictorially identified with an appropriate element: the octahedron with air, the tetrahedron with fire, the cube with earth, and the icosahedron with water. The central point of the diagram — which could represent the fifth, spiritual element — is the form of a square: ‘I inscribed a circle in it (to reflect esoteric idea of “circling the square”) and then constructed the hexagon and rotating them, following the drawing by Robert Smithson, who used the same method to construct a spiral. This is how six spiral “paths” were created. What is interesting, a similar combination of hexagon and spiral also appears in Frank Lloyd Wright’s Guggenheim Museum, which was intended to be — according to Hilla Rebay’s commission — a “museum-temple”.’ That is how Woynarowski establishes the connection between mathematics, early modern Neoplatonic tradition, European mysticism and 20th century Avant-garde art (including such artists as Kasimir Malevich and Frank Lloyd Wright).

Jakub Woynarowski is a creator of visual essays, comic books, films and installations. His interests include alchemy, masonry and the margins of art history. His works were displayed at the Polish Pavilion at the 14th Venice Biennale of Architecture in 2014.

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