Page 6 was formed in 2010 by Wojciech Antoni Sobczynski
The group combines artists originating from Poland who had settled in London. It is the collision of cultures that characterises the common experiences of the group members. Also, it is the contrasts of a cosmopolitan London clashing with the inherited values of a patrimony left behind.
Further cohesion of the group is derived from a shared desire for seeking a new means of artistic expression through unconventional exhibitions. The traditional format of a ‘Salon des Arts’ is abandoned in favour of a different narrative, that of free standing group arrangement – an installation of a kind in which the individual artist intentions are preserved but subjected to variable forces of improvised montage.
Exhibition Squaring the Circle is dedicated to Tor Pettersen, who collaborated with the group Page 6 from the beginning of its existence and through his projects he took part in shaping artistic identity of the group. Poster Squaring the Circle is based on concept sketch that is his last – unfinished – graphic design project
The project Squaring the Circle is another collective project of Page 6. It is aimed in equal measure at all Page 6 members as a thought provoking concept whilst resolving a joint project.
A symbolic reference is made to Leonardo da Vinci study known as The Vitruvian Man, in which the artist attempts to draw the ideal proportions of a human figure set against the basic geometric shapes of a square and a circle, whereby he touches on an age old mathematical conundrum of Quadrature of a Circle.
Members of the Page 6, with a diverse artistic practices and philosophies, join forces in an attempt to exploit the apparent paradox without preconditions. The one and only unifying factor is the artwork size. It is a necessary common denominator, a linking ‘circle’ in a joint installation of multiple squares, a show without apparent conventions. In that way all Page 6 artists explore the limits of the ‘individual versus collective’.
The Project Squaring the Circle consists of 20 canvases measuring 100 x 100 cm. The linkage between them attempts to establish experimental narratives through multi layered exposition. The self imposed format of 4 square meters for each artist and subsequent modular choreography of the show harnesses the exhibition into a single vehicle whilst preserving the creative freedom of each participating artists, their outlook on the contemporary world – be it artistic, technological, political or environmental. It is the absence of artistic constraints, which underscores Squaring the Circle and makes this project such an exciting possibility.
Squaring The Circle is a part of Art Exchange 2016 – a collaboration between Page 6 and Galeria Bielska BWA, thanks to which 10 artists from Bielsko – Biala (PL) exhibited in London in The Montage Gallery and POSK Gallery with the exhibition The Ten of Arts. Visit Page 6 blog for more info and photos from the exhibitions
Page 6 has been exhibiting in London in 2010. In 2011 Wojciech A. Sobczynski initiated collective project Format VI Collective.
The latest presentation by the art group Page 6 is ‘Format 6 Collective’. The new work 24 square metres of canvas presents in equal measure six different creative approaches harness into one powerful display. Practicing in divergent styles the six artists have agreed to work in one format as a collective towards a joint objective of a show in which an attempt is made at subverting exhibiting standards. The show is challenging the viewer to pass an aesthetic judgment at the whole narrative sequence from random individual contributions. Visit Page 6 blog for more details.