62 artists from around the world have been invited to participate in The Intuitionist collaborative project at New York's Drawing Center. Maess, a young Polish artist, will contribute to the exhibition with a drawing based on a processed voice recording.
The Intuitionists exhibition is inspired by Colson Whitehead’s novel of the same name. The invited artists have been asked to interpret selected quotations from the book in the context of alternative languages and notations. The main focus of the exhibition is to examine the ways in which “the collection, the database, and the aggregate serve as complementary models for the organization of information and objects in flux".
To create her piece for the exhibition, Maess processed a recording of a voice uttering the phrase "the perfect elevator waits". An abstract painting was generated on the basis of 3D models of its rhythm and sound waves which were converted into a music file. The purpose here is not to reproduce the data, but to explore the meeting point of physical and digital space. In Maess' project, state-of-the-art technology is filtered through the body and sensitivity of the artist and her hand gestures.
The exhibition will be accompanied by workshops, conferences, discussions and tours.
The Drawing Center was founded in 1977 and is one of the most important institutions in the world devoted to drawing. The institution presents drawings by both historical and contemporary artists.
Maess, born in Warsaw in 1982, is a graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, and a scholar of the Escola Superior de Artes e Design in Porto.
She has exhibited her works in Plumb Contemporary Art, Porto, Portugal (2006); Residencia Corazon, La Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina (2008); Able Gallery, Berlin, Germany (2009); Museo di Santa Cecilia in Rome (2010); Program Gallery in Warsaw (2011), Gallery Twilightzone in Belgium (2012); Contemporary Museum in Wroclaw (2013) and the Municipal Gallery Arsenal in Poznań (2014).Her drawings have appeared in FUKT Magazine 8/9, which was promoted at the exhibition at The Center of Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw (2010) In 2012, Maess was nominated for the Grand Prix Foire Internationale du Dessin in Paris and included in the list of finalists for the Strabag International Art Award in Vienna (2013).
Sourse: press release, ed.GS, 12.06.2014