Walking Logic, 2017
Wooden walking stick
b/w print, digital image file
video, sound, Slovac with subtitles (English),
Signed and dated certificate
While visiting Bratislava, Christian Jankowski happened upon a folk art shop and became intrigued with hand-carved walking sticks. Jankowski was particularly interested in these walking sticks because they had faces carved into their handles—representations of animals, ghosts of the forest, and other mythical characters. Jankowski met with the 77-year-old woodcarver, Oldrich Richter, who made these traditional walking sticks. The artist commissioned Mr. Richter to produce a new series of walking sticks. Jankowski leans these walking sticks against the gallery walls and uses them to hold in place images illustrating the use of such sticks through the ages: from ancient Egyptian wooden figures to Pope John Paul II to Leonardo DiCaprio. A surprising dialogue arises from the juxtaposition of the carved wooden faces and the illustrated face.
Excerpt from a text by Lýdia Pribišová