Christopher Kaczmarek

Labyrinth, 2020.

About the Artwork

“A labyrinth is not a maze, nor a puzzle to be solved. It is not intended to trick you or challenge you with vexation, but it is a singular path to be traveled. One followed by choice. One where the destination is clearly the journey, and time and the space for contemplation the purpose.

A labyrinth is a line, often considered as a line convoluted, with compounded twists and turns. One without distractions, one without choices and options. It is a singular line to follow. One that is chosen by the walker, not forced upon them. The invitation to walk a labyrinth is just that, an invitation. It is not a demand, or even a request. It is an option. One chosen when you feel the need, the pull, the desire. The desire to take on a path, or a pilgrimage. The desire to take a moment to both focus and expand your attentions.

For some it is a chance to set out with an intention, a question. For most it works best when you don’t try to answer that question, but just walk with the question, and see how it changes, and reveals more of itself, with each footstep.

In this installation of the classical seven circuit labyrinth, thousands of small flags delineate the lines of the form. The flags respond to the often-windy conditions of the shoreline, becoming an active physical presence, a suggestion of forces invisible but present. All who feel the need, pull or aspiration to undertake walking this labyrinth are invited to do so with appreciation and gratitude to the all friends who join the path on this special journey we share together.” –Christopher Kaczmarek

About the Artist

Christopher Kaczmarek is a New York based artist whose work spans both experimental and traditional practices, including sculpture, site specific installations, performance, video, built circuits and solar-powered objects. His work is often interactive and designed to guide the viewer towards a deeper contemplation about the inhabited environment. Recent interests have been concerned with the act of walking as a praxis for artistic production, and the shapes in which collective and collaborative environments can be formed to become spaces where imagination and creativity are used in the service of hopeful outcomes.