Columns, at once structural and decorative, have persisted in Western architecture since ancient times. The latter half of the twentieth century has seen the emergence of “ironic” columns that alternatively don’t function like traditional columns, or have a radically different appearance.

For this series Jaworska meanders through the history of columns through works that reflect on the various uses of this form, which range from functional to whimsical. Each print starts with a reference: either to a specific style of column that has been used in a built structure, or to one of Jaworska’s ideas for a possible column. From there, Jaworska reinterprets each in her signature graphic style. Many of the prints contain subtle punch lines that emerge in their details. Together, the prints offer an alternative history of architecture, filtered through Jaworska’s sense of humor.

Lead Design Ania Jaworska

 

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"BMO Harris Bank Chicago Works: Ania Jaworska"

Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, 2015

 

Curator Grace Deveney

Material Screen print on folio paper

Size Varies

Components 17

A Subjective Catalog of Columns

“Just like Memphis members, Jaworska freely mixes materials, colors, and textures with historical references, such as the small diamond-shaped voids of the tables’ mesh, which unexpectedly harmonize with the pattern of the dining room’s historic ceilings.” - Sarah Rogers Morris, Pin-Up
“Just like Memphis members, Jaworska freely mixes materials, colors, and textures with historical references, such as the small diamond-shaped voids of the tables’ mesh, which unexpectedly harmonize with the pattern of the dining room’s historic ceilings.” - Sarah Rogers Morris, Pin-Up
ANIA JAWORSKA & ASSOCIATES
ANIA JAWORSKA & ASSOCIATES
ANIA JAWORSKA & ASSOCIATES
ANIA JAWORSKA & ASSOCIATES
ANIA JAWORSKA & ASSOCIATES