IZABELLA GUSTOWSKA

THE ART OF CHOICE

 

 

THE ART OF DIFFICULT CHOICE

 

THE ART OF EASY CHOICE

 

THE ART OF DIFFICULT CHOICE

 

 

THE ART OF CHOICE

THE ART OF DIFFICULT CHOICE. THE ART OF EASY CHOICE.

 

This work is based on a dialogue of two different, though not remote realities.
'The Art of Difficult Choice plays with film reality, in images, dubbings, multilingual texts.  Its nature is based on a collection, an inventory of human passions and facts taken out from film life. It is intriguing and saturated, for such is the nature of cinema.
Hence everything is more true than in actual reality.
This particular private perspective is shown in The Art of Easy Choice. 
Because The Art of Easy Choice is a collection of notes spanning five years of possessing a camera recording in mini DV.
Therefore in both collections there are shared “themes”, such as kisses, dancing, singing, eating, travels, children, animals etc. 
There are also separate episodes assigned to one reality only, e.g. sex, shoot-outs (The Art of Difficult Choice).

The Art of Difficult Choice is seemingly more saturated and stunning, but as in a mirror it reflects its younger sister – The Art of Easy Choice, perhaps more intriguing since it is certainly truer.
It is up to us to choose in which reality we will find the most complete expression of ourselves.
Perhaps their very blend, as well as the possibility of moving from one into the other (through image and sound) is the greatest asset of this work.

 

24 fragments:

  1. You will long for kisses
  2. You’ll think, that the dance
  3. Or maybe a cigarette
  4. You’ll hear the enticing chant from the Mulholland Drive
  5. Wine, yes wine will help you survive
  6. And surely you need to smoke some grass
  7. You will see familiar faces
  8. You’ll be surrounded by phantoms- electrifying images
  9. And then you’ll hear the phone ring
  10. You’ll cry, that that’s not it
  11. Or maybe a book
  12. Sex, yes sex
  13. The wedding, maybe not necessarily
  14. You will dive into talks
  15. And the children, there have to be children
  16. And you will see your reflection in the mirror
  17. You will want to play tube
  18. And then some gesture will remind you
  19. That the dog is your real Someone
  20. You’ll think about a distant trip
  21. Do a spasmodic run
  22. When you fall, strange phenomena will return
  23. Then somebody shoots to you
  24. In the last moment you’ll shout, that this needs to be noted down and you will long for kisses again

 

The Art of Difficult Choice – 2 projections, 19,20min
The Art of Easy Choice – 2 projections, 19,20 min
Life is a Story (green spheres) – 2 projections, 19,20 min
150 objects (lightbox), 70 cm in diameter
Exhibition Life is a Story, National Museum, Poznań 2007

 

In The Art of Hard Choice were used fragments of films (in order of appearance):

Dom latających sztyletów / House of Flying Daggers, Y. Zhang; Pół żartem pół serio / Some Like It Hot, B. Wilder; Nosferatu Wampir / Nosferatu the Vampyre, W. Herzog ; Przygody Mickey Mouse / Adventures of Mickey Mouse, W. Disney; Marlene, J. Vilsmaier, Casablanca, M. Curtiz; Amelia, J.P. Jeunet; Deszczowa piosenka / Singin' in the Rain, S. Donen, G. Kelly, La Strada / The Road, F. Fellini; Słodkie życie / La Dolce Vita, F. Fellini; Chicago, R. Marshall; Ginger i Fred / Ginger and Fred, F. Fellini; Piąty Element / The Fifth Element, L. Besson; Kawa i papierosy / Coffee and Cigarettes, J. Jarmusch, Pulp Fiction, Q. Tarantino; Requiem dla snu / Requiem for a Dream, D. Aronofsky; Kto się boi Wirginii Woolf / Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, M. Nichols; Blue Velvet, D. Lynch; 8 kobiet / 8 Women, F. Ozon; Mulholland Drive, D. Lynch; Przed zachodem słońca / Before Sunset, R. Linklater; I Bóg stworzył kobietę /And God Created Woman, R. Vadim; Między słowami / Lost in Translation, S. Coppola; Kontrolerzy / Kontroll, N. Antal, Kika, P. Almodóvar, Miasteczko Twin Peaks / Twin Peaks, D. Lynch; Kochankowie / The Lovers, L. Malle; 8 ½, F. Fellini; Szepty i krzyki / Cries and Whispers, I. Bergman; Piękność dnia / Belle de Jour, L. Bunuel; Matrix, A. Wachowski, L. Wachowski; Czerwona Róża / Rose Red, C. R. Baxley; Rozmowa / The Conversation, F. Coppola; Telefon / Phonebooth, J. Schumacher; Krąg / The Ring, G. Verbinski; Kobieta i mężczyzna / A Man and a Woman , C. Lelouch; Kiedy Harry poznał Sally / When Harry Met Sally, R. Reiner; Godziny / The Hours, S. Daldry; Drobne cwaniaczki /Small Time Crooks, Wszyscy mówią kocham cię / Everyone Says I Love You, W. Allen; Imię Róży /The Name of the Rose, J. J. Annaud; Pianistka / The Piano Teacher, M. Haneke; Nagi instynkt / Basic Instinct, P. Verhoeven; Moje wielkie greckie wesele / My Big Fat Greek Wedding, J. Zwick, Frida, J. Taymor; Panna młoda w żałobie /The Bride Wore Black, F. Truffaut; Mystic pizza, D. Petrie; Absolwent / The Graduate, M. Nichols, Mężczyźni wolą blondynki /Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, H. Hawks; Rejs /The Cruise, M. Piwowski; Piknik pod wiszącą skałą / Picnic at Hanging Rock, P. Weir; Władca much / Lord of the Flies, H. Hook; Buenas Vista Social Club, W. Wenders; Fortepian / The Piano, J. Campion; Ostatni cesarz / The Last Emperor, B. Bertolucci; Windą na szafot / Lift to the Scaffold, L. Malle; Fitzcarraldo, W. Herzog; Spaleni słońcem / Burnt by the Sun, N. Michałkow; Gilda, H. Widor; Psy i koty / Cats & Dogs, L. Gutermann; Ptaki / Birds, A. Hitchcock; 80 dni dookoła świata / Around the World in 80 Days, M. Anderson; Britannic, B. Trenchard-Smith; Pożegnanie z Afryką / Out of Africa, S. Pollack; Północ, północny zachód / North by Northwest, A. Hitchcock; Biegnij Lola biegnij / Run Lola Run, T. Tykwer; Terminal, S. Spielberg; Gorączka złota / The Gold Rush, Ch. Chaplin; Delicatessen, J.P. Jeunet, M. Caro; College, J. W. Horne; Rybka zwana Wandą / A Fish Called Wanda, J. Cleese, Ch. Crichton oraz 11 ukrytych epizodów mojego autorstwa / and 11 hidden episodes made by the artist.