Landscape Escape 1990- 2015
The pedal car was built in 1990 when Dobrowolski was still a student and is one of a series of vehicles made by the artist to escape from art college. These futile anti-art gestures have subsequently become actions synonymous with the artist’s love-hate relationship with the art world in general.
One of the artist’s concerns in this piece is to let the work speak for itself. Dobrowolski takes great pains to avoid labels that explain the content of his work, believing that a label highlights the failing of the work to convey meaning via visual language alone. In the 13 years since Landscape Escape was last shown in an art gallery, Dobrowolski developed a way of displaying his work that addressed these preoccupations, however- nobody cared. Consequently, he has shamelessly resorted to using a label here to convey more information about his artistic process than is, perhaps, self evident.
Today, a quarter of a century after Dobrowolski’s first escape attempts, the response of the contemporary art establishment continues to be one of indifference and, ironically, here is the pedal car displayed in an art college.