The work of these young Polish artists explores links between the social and organic in a quest to understand the world around us. From June to August, Kisterem Galery will host collections from Ewa Axelrad, Agnieszka Kalinowska, Kama Sokolnicka and Małgorzata Szymankiewicz.
Agnieszka Kalinowska, "Turned Off Neons 2", 50 x 127 cm, photo courtesy of BWA Warszawa
The work of these young Polish artists explores the links between the social and organic in a quest to understand the world around us. From June to August, Kisterem Gallery will host collections from Ewa Axelrad, Agnieszka Kalinowska, Kama Sokolnicka and Małgorzata Szymankiewicz.
What would happen if we compared modernist cities to an organism? To plants? To the human or animal body? The exhibition Withered attempts to answer such questions through the works of young Polish artists associated with Gallery BWA Warszawa - artists who integrate the organic with the social. They liken the human body to the collective body. In the sicknesses of living organisms, animals and plants they see the symptoms of a greater crisis, even a political one.
Agnieszka Kalinowska concentrates on objects already passed their prime. She points to the transience of matter, also to evanescence and the changeability of the ideas that stand behind it. The films of Ewa Axelrad, made in collaboration with Steve Press, depict a city undergoing a constant yet almost imperceptible change. Throughout these changes there are no signs of any major drama, rather, these are the products of gradual entropy.
Kama Sokolnicka plays with the mythology of the garden, as a metaphor of a disordered world. She is inspired by the literature of Raymond Roussel. Małgorzata Szymankiewicz directly applies the tradition of Polish and international abstract painting. She injects abstraction with erotic overtones, revealing the similarities between plants and female anatomy.
Kama Sokolnicka, "Grid", 2012, steel, 5 0x 40 cm, photo courtesy BWA Warszawa
Ewa Axelrad, born in 1984, is a graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Poznań and Royal College of Art and the creator of installations, spatial objects and photographs. Her work usually involves site-specific interventions. She was nominated to Conran Award and Godowsky Award.
Agnieszka Kalinowska, born in 1971, is active in the fields of painting, video, sculpture and installation. She studied at the Faculty of Painting of the Academy of Fine Arts in Poznań. Kalinowska focuses on social problems as seen from the perspective of the individual, often one ostracized or stigmatized. She is described in Rising! Young Artists to Keep an Eye On!, a book dedicated to young stars of the world’s art scene, recently published by DAAB.
Kama Sokolnicka, born in 1978, graduated in 2003 from the Academy of Fine Arts in Wrocław with a degree in graphic arts. She is the creator of collages, paintings, drawings, videos and site-specific installations, and has been nominated for the award of Vordemberge-Gildewart Foundation (2011). Her artworks have been shown in the collection of Museum of Art in Łódź, Ujazdowski Castle CCA in Warsaw, and the Lower Silesian Society for the Encouragement of Fine Arts.
Małgorzata Szymankiewicz was born in 1980 and studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Poznań. Now an assistant lecturer at the Studio of Painting and Drawing at the Academy of Fine Arts in Szczecin, she is one of the most talented artists of the young generation. She has recently expanded her fields of activity to sculpture, objects in space and murals, where she is also primarily interested in purely formal questions and references to the aesthetics of modernism. She won the prize of the National Polish Radio in 2010, the Trojka Talents.
Sources: own materials, press materials, edited. jn, 14/06/2013