Graphic artist, photographer, creator of installations and short film forms. Born on March 27, 1969 in Warsaw.
Graphic artist, photographer, creator of installations and short film forms.
Maurycy Gomulicki studied at the Graphics Department of the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw (1987-1992), where he received a degree in artistic graphic design in the studio of Professor Rafał Strent and painting in the studio of Professor Jerzy Tchórzewski. He continued his education at the Universitat de Barcelona (1992-1993), Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti in Milan (1994) and Centro Multimedia del Centro Nacional de las Artes in Mexico (1997-1998). He works in such artistic domains as photography, objects, installations, videos and animations. He is also involved in graphic design and book illustration. His articles were published in, among others, Machina and Fluid. He lives and works in Warsaw and Mexico.
Maurycy Gomulicki's work relates to the issue the visual manifestations of pop-culture. He breaches the boundaries between high and low culture. The series Sentimental Typologies (1999) portrayed a world of erotic phantasmagoria, created by photographing store mannequins. His Vaginettes (2000) on the other hand, were an attempt in controverting a sensual potential in the image of science and religion.
If pornography is a spectacle that intends to invoke an arrousment for the watched image, these photos hope to be pornographic, Gomulicki describes the series, also entitled Vaginettes.
In years 2000-2002 the artist was a consultant and photographer of an editorial project ABC D.F. – a visual dictionary of Mexico City. The artist also studied the urban tissue in Warsaw – the photo series W-wa (2000-2004) in a romantic way documented everyday pieces of reality that remain unnoticed, like sidewalk patterns or simple fencing ornaments. Together with Jeronimo Hagerman, Gomulicki released a photograph album Funebre (2006) dedicated to funeral fantasies in different parts of the world.
In 2007 at the Photography Festival in Poznań, the artist presented The Best of the Rest, a slideshow musically accompanied by Metallica. Images found on the internet were to give their best in the categories of absurdity, curiosity, protruding the standard norms.
Working in two cities on the Mexican-American border - San Diego and Tijuana – within the InSite project, Gomulicki completed his project Air Bridge (2003-2005). He included aeroclubs from both locations, showing how passion can connect two units across borders.
Maurycy Gomulicki is also involved in graphics and design. In years 2004-2005, together withe architect Jorge Covarrubias and interior designer Salvador Quiroz, he worked on a new image for a Mexican sex-shop network (Erotika Sexshop). It was an attempt to revalue the formally neglected erotic area through extreme aesthetic action. In 2006 at the Centre for Contemporary Art in Warsaw, along with his works (Pink Niagara and Concrete laces) Gomulicki presented a project Pink Not Dead!, with the participation of artists from Poland and Mexico. The guiding theme was the color pink, arousing different connotations in both countries.
In his projects the artist repeatedly refers to the post-People's Republic of Poland visual culture of Polish cities. During a solo exhibition at Kordegarda Gallery in Warsaw (2007), Gomulicki presented his own photographs of the capital's reality confronted with the official image of the city- a black and white photo album of Warsaw from the late 60's by Edmund Kupiecki. At the end of 2007, Gomulicki published a book about Warsaw entitled W-wa consisting of materials from his photographic archive. In an interview upon the album's release Gomulicki stated:
I was interested in the issue of beauty that is totally in contempt, to which nobody pays attention. I don‘t care about what is obvious.
The matter of visual heritage returns in Gomulicki's other realizations. The exhibition Schism at the Centre for Contemporary Art in Warsaw in 2009, dedicated to the art of the 90's shows a special installation relating to the atmosphere and specificities of the previous decade.
In several subsequent projects and exhibitions, the artist developed his interest in fetishism and eroticism, like at an individual exhibition at the Leto gallery (Minimal Fetish, 2009). In a project which took place during the summer (2009) in one of Warsaw's allotments, he organized a performance The Caress of the Foams where a topless model effectuated joyous ablutions in a outdoor bathtub full of foam.
On the occasion of the opening of the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCAK) in Kraków, 2011, Gomulicki had a small solo exhibition presenting a series of photographs titled Bibliophilia. In the pictures very young models, dressed only in a bikini pose holding huge books against library shelves in the background. The fetishism devolved to... the books juxtaposed with a young female body.
Recently, Gomulicki increasingly carries out both ephemeral and permanent projects in public space. On Kępa Potocka in Warsaw he installed a cheerful, pink neon - a glass of bubbling soda. The 17-meter neon sign was not meant advertise anything other than the hedonistic pleasure of life (Lightspurt, 2009). When asked for a comment, Gomulicki declared:
I do not agree on the primacy of death over life and suffering over pleasure over. When looking into culture, it seems that tragedy stimulates us but happiness puts us to sleep. Even so, it's worth a try to change it.
In the same year at the House of Creative Work by Wigry Lake near Suwałki, Gomulicki revealed a huge Pearl - a symbol of desire and a symbol of purity. The Pearl is, according to his words, both sensual and pristine, combining sophistication and simplicity, vanity and glory.
The pink Obelisk erected at the market place in Poznań (2010) was an erotic counter-accent to the late medieval pillory. The artist explained:
We have two protagonists: a torture stake and the pink obelisk. Two phallic events of an entirely different purport are confronted. One is terrible, the other delightful. The brutality of a steel pin is contrasted with a mawkish sweetness of a rolled chess figure. Degradation verses efflorescence. The bygone versus modern.
The fanciful, elliptical roof entrance of the Kielce City Hall was painted red by Gomulicki, turning it into the Red Wedge (2010) - a quote from a famous painting by El Lissitzky Beat the Whites with the Red Wedge was transferred into the reality of the city. In a department store Renoma in Wrocław, on the glass connecter between the new and old part of the building, Gomulicki built a Color Cube (2010) distilling from the neoplastic work of Piet Mondrian. This monumental establishment with simple, geometric divisions, filled with basic colors (yellow, red, blue) - precisely in Mondrian's style - is a like transferring the flat paintings of the Dutch abstractionist painter in a three-dimensional reality.
On the occasion of the Polish presidency in the European Union in the second half of 2011, Gomulicki participated within the Fossils and Gardens public space project in Brussels with his performative action Phantom: Romantic Post-Vandalism. He attempted to change an abandoned modernist building into a painting. By walking along the floors, the artist will knock out particular windows until the facade will look like a drawing composed of empty windows resembling computer pixels. The recorded on video performance is meant to function as an independent, integrated work of art.
Specter: Romantic Post-Vandalism [English subtitles] from Culture.pl on Vimeo.
Gomulicki’s interventions in urban space always result in intriguing solutions. In 2012 he created Totem- an installation for the Open’er festival in Poland. Its shape reminds one at the same time of a rocket, a chess figure or a stair stick. Gomulicki decided to use a very expressive color palette, he covers totem’s edges with yellow, green or pink, even further accentuating its geometrical shape. Gomulicki comments on this project:
Once again I bet on a hypercolor: vivid, attracting, alarming, disturbing, banal and unusual day glow(..) I hope that my Totem will introduce a sort of order to this vibrating, rocking space and will function as a point of reference; a visual reference, that people will set up meetings left or right from.
The same year he shocked Polish seaside audience by creating two buoys shaped like breasts; a project prepared for the ARTLOOP Sopot Festival. He entitled his installation Relax & Luxus, stressing the fact that they are to be seen both as a symbol of eroticism and of luxury. He sees breast as a capital in its own right, explaining:
Boobs have a tangible symbolic potential: they are not only an erotic lure, an attribute of one’s attractiveness, but also a special kind of luxury, and in some cases, even a capital. I wrote about it quite extensively in a manifesto accompanying this exhibition. The exhibition that I am a part of is a thematic project and I am attracted to an erotic aspect of resort reality, which, if not imperative for everyone, remains nevertheless its crucial element. I would like it to be a bow towards all the ladies with their low-cut dresses on cloudy days and at the same time a rather ostentatious farewell to the season. Fortunately, we have summer every year.
In 2013 he introduced a sculpture called Queen to Powiśle district in Warsaw. This large, more than 3 meters high figure was covered with iridescent car paint. It was prepared for the BęcZmiana foundation and placed in the middle of a circle naturally drawn by the trees growing in one of the parks in Warsaw. The same year in Tarnów Gomulicki created Melancholy, another park sculpture. It was inspired by a famous print by Dürer. Gomulicki finds melancholy to be a crucial part of Slavic soul. In this case he also counts on the sculpture becoming a visual reference point for residents of the city. He stresses:
I kept thinking about Dürer’s cube for quite a while. On the one hand I have a soft spot for geometry with its emotional and aesthetic potential, for the beauty hidden in mathematical order; on the other hand melancholy seems to be the essential emotion for Slavic mentality: it is inscribed in north-eastern horizon and history. I think that Melancholy will define yet another recongnizable part of the park and I would like it to be a detonateor of imagination. I always secretely hope that people will use my works as meeting points to come here and kiss.
Author: Karol Sienkiewicz, December 2006; update: June 2011. Translated by: Sylwia Wojda. Updated August 2016, AM.
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Gomulicki Pink Blog http://pinknotdead.blox.pl
Selected individual exhibitions:
- 1992 - Paintings - thesis presentation, Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw
- 1994 - Paintings and Stones, Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw; Suck of the eye, that is to say about strengths , A.R. Friends Gallery, Cinema-Theatre Tęcza, Warsaw
- 1996 - Glass Spring, Mała Gallery ZPAF-CSW, Warsaw
- 1997 - Swimming Lessons Mała Gallery ZPAF-CSW, Warsaw; New Adventures of Orphan Mary or Fulfillment of the Dreams, Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw
- 1999 - Sentimental Typologies, Mała Gallery ZPAF-CSW, Warsaw
- 2002 - Cracks Muca-Roma, Mexico City, Mexico; Hentai - Cascades and Screams, Centro Multimedia, CNA, Mexico City, Mexico
- 2003 - Energy Stills, SAPS, Mexico City, Mexico
- 2006 - Pink Not Dead! - Garash Gallery, Mexico City, Mexico / Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw
- 2007 - Final Fantasy, Garash Gallery, Mexico City; Culture & Concrete, Kordegarda, Warsaw; W-wa, Cinema Iluzjon, Warsaw
- 2008 - Eco Fever, Museo Experimental El Eco, Mexico City, Mexico
- 2010 - Minimal Fetish, Leto Gallery, Warsaw / Nova Gallery, Kraków
- 2011 - Bibliophilia, Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCAK), Kraków; Fern Flower Arsenał, Białystok,
- 2012- Porcelandia, Królikarnia, Warsaw, Poland; RECOMMENDED BY, Monat der Fotografie, Fotogalerie Wien, Vienna, Austria; Mystic Dramatic Corporative, Now! Video Art from Poland, Kultur im Quartier, Berlin, Germany; Maurycy Gomulicki, WM Gallery, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
- 2013- ASOCJACJE, Warsaw, Poland; The Queen, Mercedes Station, Warsaw, Poland; Melancholy, BWA Tarnów , Poland; Bestia, Bunkier Sztuki Kraków, Poland
- 2015 - MADE BY YOU, Miłość, Warsaw, Poland; WOJNA I POKÓJ (War and Peace), Galeria Labirynt, Lublin, Poland; PINK OBELISK, ARTLOOP Festival, Sopot, Poland; RUCHOME OBRAZY (Mobile Pictures), BWA Wrocław, Poland; PIRAMIDA, Pyramid. Multiculturality is not working?, Kraków;
- 2016 - MAŁE FORMY RZEŹBIARSKIE, BWA Warsaw, Poland; NIGHTFLIGHT TO VENUS & LIVING SUGAR, ABC Gallery, Poznań, Poland
Selected group exhibitions:
- 1990 - Painting Triennale, Osaka, Japan; Third Separate Salon, ASP Museum, Warsaw
- 1992 - Germinations 7, Centre d'Art Contemporain, Grenoble, France
- 1994 - Intuition, Construction, Polish Institute, Berlin, Germany
- 1995 - Grosse Kunst Austellung, NRW, Düsseldorf, Germany
- 1996 - Memento mori. Not only sepia, University in Brighton, Great Britain; A.R. Friends Gallery, Warsaw
- 1997 - New Territory of expression, Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw
- 2000 - SCENE 2000, Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw; Exit, Chisenhale Gallery, London, Great Britain; Erogena, Museo de Arte Carillo Gil, Mexico City, Mexico
- 2001 - Landscape, portrait, still life, GAM, Mexico City, Mexico
- 2002 - Really, the youths are realists, Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw; ABC DF - Palabras de la ciudad, Bellas Artes, Mexico City, Mexico; Snowgirl, Zachęta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw
- 2003 - Fuera del Campo, Xteresa Arte Actual, Mexico City, Mexico
- 2004 - Beyond The Red Horizon. New Art from Poland and Russia., Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw; Relax just do it, parallel action, Cieszyn; Marginalia filozoficzne S. I. Witkiewicza, Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw
- 2005 - Videobrasil, SESC, Sao Paulo, Brazil; Detonadores, OPA, Guadalajara, Mexico
- 2006 - L.H.O.O.Q., Piekary Gallery, Poznań; Contemporary Art for All Children, Zachęta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw
- 2007 - Antyphotography, BWA Arsenał Gallery, Poznań; Time Remebered. Mała Gallery 1977-2006, Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw
- 2008 - Lust-Looking-Terror, Art Supermarket, Warsaw; Up Against The Wall Zachęta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw; Red Eye Effect Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw; Wolta Wawa, Leto Gallery, Warsaw
- 2009 - Charms of Power, BWA Asenał, Poznań; Schizma. Polish art in nineties, Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw; Home Made, Museo de Arte Moderno de Mexico City, Mexico City;
- 2010 - The Belly of Atlas, Atlas Sztuki Gallery, Łódź; Things Evoke Feelings, Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw; Credo, Zona Contemporary Art Gallery, Łódź; Oh No! Not Sex and Death Again / Iconography of Sensuality, State Art Gallery, Sopot
- 2011 - Draw and Don’t Waste Time, The Academy Salon, Warsaw; Inspirations, National Museum, Szczecin; Trzy Róże Lubelskie Towarzystwo Zachęty Sztuk Pięknych, Lublin
- 2012- Maurycy Gomulicki, Iwo Rutkiewicz, O Wiele Rzeczy Za Dużo, Andel’s Quarter, Łódź , Poland; Maurycy Gomulicki, Honza Zamojski, 1:1 – prace z kolekcji Fundacji Sztuki Polskiej ING, PGS, Sopot, Poland; Maurycy Gomulicki & Anna Zaradny, Back to school youtube party, Muzeum of Modern Art, Warsaw, Poland
- 2013- Maurycy Gomulicki, Wojciech Puś, Bianka Rolando, Aleksandra Waliszewska, ARCO Madrid, Madrid, Spain
- 2014- Maurycy Gomulicki, Konrad Smoleński, ZBIORY WSPÓLNE, Galeria Arsenał, Białystok, Poland; Maurycy Gomulicki, Bianka Rolando, Moc sztuki Galeria Zamek, Reszel, Poland; Maurycy Gomulicki, Aleksandra Urban, Aleksandra Waliszewska, ZŁOTY WIEK. KOLEKCJA VINYL CANVAS, BWA Wrocław, Poland; Maurycy Gomulicki, Aleksandra Waliszewska, MIŁOŚĆ WŁASNA. CZYLI ARTYŚCI KOCHAJĄ SIEBIE, Sopot, Poland