New is Old has been created by Ellen Harvey for her Eastern European Residency Exchange with the Center for Contemporary Arts in Warsaw, Poland.
As the artist describes her project: "In Warsaw most things that look old are really new. Like Ujazdowski Castle, whose reconstruction was only completed in the early 1980s. The only original structure is the Laboratorium outbuilding which looks both much newer and less glamorous. New is Old takes what was a disused storage space in Laboratorium and makes it look its age. At the same time, it tries to make the outside and inside of the space match the castle’s neoclassical façade.
The walls of the space are painted with watercolors to simulate age. The outline of a decorative architectural scheme is painted in white on the interior and exterior walls. The decoration is completed by a series of seven small oil paintings in faux old gold frames of polaroids taken of the rooms in Ujazdowski Castle. The rooms chosen are all aggressively modern in style and are ones to which the public has no access.
This residency and exhibition are part of Art in General’s Eastern European Residency Exchange (EERE) gives artists an opportunity to create a new work in a new context, and to meet and interact with art communities in Eastern Europe and New York City. Ellen Harvey was nominated by Art in General to the Center for Contemporary Art Ujadowzski Castle in Warsaw, Poland.