Everything Next to Each Other presents work engaged in an exploration of common space, as the foundational relationship between individuals and their surroundings. The concept of public space often refers to a shared place such as a library or a subway, but it can also refer to a conversation or an encounter with a book or picture. Such spaces can thus be impersonal and overwhelming, as much as they can be subtle and intimate, perhaps even dangerously intimate. It is up to the individual to negotiate their level of engagement, yet how does one establish a relationship with something dynamic, something indefinite? After all, such a space never fully reveals itself; one must consistently reconfigure and revise ones relationship to it.
In their collaborative videos, Gorlitz and Olejnik present fictional, fabricated environments, with the help of models, sets and stop-motion animation. These invented spaces are constructed intuitively with materials at hand, and refer to generic and familiar, yet emptied social spaces. These videos present a reality that is never stable but in the process of becoming: like a book, where with every turning page the interworking of the whole is re-framed and restructured. In this way, reality can be discussed as something reworked, as something incomplete, and as something with active potentiality.
SARAH JANE GORLITZ & WOJCIECH OLEJNIK‘s collaborative work has been presented in solo exhibitions at Eyelevel Gallery (Halifax), Struts Gallery (Sackville), Neutral Ground (Regina), Optica, Centre D’Art Contemporain (Montreal), and Kapitalisitischer Realismus (Berlin), and in recent group exhibitions at The Soap Factory (Minneapolis), 6 Picoles Cycliques (Lyon), Kunstverein INGAN (Berlin), and Truck (Calgary). They have received funding from the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Arts Council and in 2008 were awarded the Joseph S. Stauffer prize for emerging artists.
The artists gratefully acknowledge the support of the Ontario Arts Council.