Exhibition ‛Zoepolis. Designing for Weeds and Pests’ puts in the center of attention, affirms and gives concern to species living very close to man, but despised and often excluded. Taking Nośna's space and its nearest surroundings as the starting point of exhibition, participating artists explore the periphery and the borderland, cooperate with non-human inhabitants and propose design interventions that seek to rebuild broken ties with our closest neighbors. The central point of Alicja Patanowska’s, as well as Katarzyna Roj’s and Czarny Latawiec’s interest becomes water and soil – sources of life, complex ecosystems, and at the same time habitats, which extraordinary vitality raises human fear. Anna Siekierska and Małgorzata Gurowska turn their attention to beings that can be seen and yet from which we look away: common, but endowed with unusual powers plants inhabiting wild lawns and cracks in cracked concrete, as well as despised co-inhabitants of human habitats: pigeons, fruit flies, spiders ...
‛Zoepolis. Designing for Weeds and Pests’ is another installment of the project initiated in 2017 by the exhibition ‛Zoepolis. Design for Plants and Animals’ that took place in the Dizajn BWA Wrocław gallery as part of the project titled ‛Cartographies of Strangeness, Otherness, and (ex)(in)clusion. The Perspective of Contemporary Philosophy and Art’ implemented by the University of Warsaw's Philosophy and Sociology Faculty and co-financed by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education under the National Programme for the Development of the Humanities.
‛Zoepolis’ is devoted to design beyond the anthropocentric paradigm and the search for solutions that can become a platform for creating a radical human-non-human community. Challenging man's central position in design is an empathy exercise that our species can also benefit from. The project proposes an experiment in the field of changing perspectives and thinking about design that, without excluding humans, would approach non-people subjectively.
Artists: Czarny Latawiec, Małgorzata Gurowska, Alicja Patanowska, Katarzyna Roj, Anna Siekierska
Curator: Agata Szydłowska
Curatorial cooperation: Małgorzata Gurowska, Monika Rosińska
Substantive cooperation: Anna Czeremcha
Institutional cooperation: BWA Wrocław
Małgorzata Gurowska, group show: Zoepolis. Design for Weeds and Pests
In the Realm of Slow Painting
Joanna Borkowska's solo show.
14 November, 2019 - 5 January, 2020
National Museum in Szczecin - Museum of Contemporary Art, Szczecin, Poland
Press Information and photo credits: National Museum in Szczecin - Museum of Contemporary Art
Joanna Borkowska, solo show, National Museum, Szczecin, Poland
Magda Bielesz is an artist who mainly concerns herself with painting. But she also creates video art, and sometimes uses crayons, markers, or even modelling clay. In her art, Bielesz overcomes her own fears and limitations. Insightfully and consistently she studies two areas — womanhood and childhood. She looks for their common features and differences between the two, which she expresses in a formally characteristic style, adding a metaphoric dimension to her art..
Oct 26, 2019 - Jan 5, 2020
Zachęta Project Room
Magdalena Bielesz, solo show at Zachęta Project Room in Warsaw
13 September 2019 - 3 February 2020
Location: POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, Warsaw
Curated by dr Artur Tanikowski
Production curator: Ewa Witkowska
Gdynia and Tel Aviv are almost 3,000 kilometres away and yet, despite the distance between them, the two cities are strikingly similar. Both were founded in the early 20th century and quickly became modern seaside resorts and ports. Both boast characteristic modernist architecture. It turns out they also share a common Polish-Jewish history. At the Gdynia – Tel-Aviv temporary exhibition visitors will get acquainted with both the similarities between the two cities and the unique features that make each one so special.
Press Information and photo credits: POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw.
Maria Kiesner, group show: Gdynia - Tel-Aviv, POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews
Magda Bielesz brought a suitcase full of pieces of her family's clothes to Argentina from her homeland, Poland. They are not simple fabrics, they are pieces of her own story as she conceives it, a constellation of symbolic identities: kinships, stories, own or transmitted memories, myths.
In "The Legend" she approaches the color firmly, either to present us a large piece of woven wool such as an umbilical cord, an unequivocal symbol of family ties, as well as schematically planed paintings that refer to the perception of colors in her daily life, as well as to the ones she found in La Plata upon arrival to the residence. Magda invites us to peek out into her life (her lives) to experience time in a truly expanded way.
One of the guiding principles of the Wall Gallery is diversity – to us, this category is the most precious. Just like the acacia plant family, known for its calming and fortifying properties, and comprising over 1200 species including both tree and shrubs. We need to replant our acacia so that it can fully put down its roots according to our assumptions – Polish Female Artists First chapter II. We change the face. How? You will discover the answer next week. First, I would like to thank Rabbithole Art Room, the first space that hosted our project, as well as H15 Boutique Hotel and all our partners for their support.
Polish Female Artists First - chapter II
Zona Sztuki Aktualnej, Szczecin
curator: Magdalena Adameczek
Jul 20 - Aug 24, 2019
Kornelia Dzikowska, the deity of mine, solo show
We cordially invite you to join a guided tour through the Polish Female Artists First exhibition at the welcoming space of the rabbithole Art Room in Warsaw.
Jul 13th, at 12 pm.
A guided tour through the PFAF
Wall Gallery is happy to present you the detailed information about our residential program which starts in November 2019. Olsza Grochowska (b. 1985, Warsaw, Poland) is our first Artist in Residence. During her residency in Wall Gallery Studio in Mallorca Olsza will work on photo series dedicated to the place. Mallorca has a very long and unique history. Came to its present configuration, around million years ago being a favourable place for thousands of botanic species. Until now there is over 140 species of endemic plants (often now endangered due to climate changes) coexisting with almost 2,000 species of the Mediterranean spread over a variety of habitats and 130 introduced from outside the islands. The oldest traces of people activity in Mallorca date back to 5000 B.C. Talaiots, Phoenicians, Romans, Arabs – each of them had its own impact on balearic biodiversity and style of floral cultivation. How does it look right now? What changes where introduced to the island environment by nowadays „touristic” culture and global warming? While Olsza’s artistic residency she would like to dig into this botanic history of the island and find out and photograph the botanic evolution of this region.
Olsza Grochowska's residency in Mallorca
The beginning, casual – a sketch, an image of a thought – a record. An academic foundation and a tool of anarchist artistic expression. Drawing, in its many forms, is the topic of “Dibujo”, the latest group exhibition of the Wall Gallery.
Featured artists: Magda Bielesz, Gosia Bartosik, Kornelia Dzikowska, Małgorzata Gurowska, Katarzyna Szumska, Natalia Żychska and guest artist Konrad Smoleński.
18 October – 15 December 2019
Wall Gallery Studio
Plaza Major, Sa Pobla
Magdalena Bielesz is an artist who mainly concerns herself with painting. But she also creates video art, and sometimes uses crayons, markers, or even modelling clay. In her art, Bielesz overcomes her own fears and limitations. Insightfully and consistently she studies two areas — womanhood and childhood. She looks for their common features and differences between the two, which she expresses in a formally characteristic style, adding a metaphoric dimension to her art.
Gosia Bartosik is an artist from the generation of beginners in their thirties. She paints and draws, and treats both disciplines equally. So far, she created several series of drawings, including “Red Drawings”, “Intymnik” and “Psia Mać”. Gosia likes to explore “in between” spaces: between what is true and imagined, human and animal, male and female. She presents serious subjects in a sometimes brutal manner, but never devoid of humour.
Kornelia Dzikowska works mainly with forms in space; she creates objects and installations with great attention to their visual side. The artist is driven by the constant need to command matter. What has become her greatest challenge are elements which she often features in her work. Recently, Kornelia has been trying to master time, which results in her latest series of digital drawings, “Notes from the passing time.”
Małgorzata Gurowska is a visual artist, lecturer, and curator. Graphic design, video art, installations, sculpture, and drawing form the backbone of her artistic practice. Her work “Clean hands” featured in the exhibition is a series of pencil drawings on parchment paper. The scale of portrayals refers to the human head, while forms themselves—although drawn from actual shapes—become abstract and thus evoke multiple associations. The synthesis of thought and form is the best way to describe Gurowska’s activities which allude to the perspective of new materialism and post-humanism.
Katarzyna Szumska works in painting, stage design, photography and video art. Since 1992, she has been a co-creator of Cinema Theatre, an avant-garde group active at the intersection of visual arts and the theatre of movement. Szumska is interested the most in the portrait – both “alive” and “dead”. Putting a filter on the image makes every subject matter, even if whispered, resound with screaming. The “Dibujo” exhibition will feature watercolours from the artist’s drawer that will reveal her previously unknown interests.
Natalia Żychska is the author of the series of pieces titled “Porn icons” which has been in the works for over 15 years. In an innovative way she creates images concerning love, using frames rarely applied in visual arts. The artist has developed her own method which makes her works very distinctive. The motif of a religious painting on wood, known since early Byzantine times, became the main point of reference in Natalia’s art. When painting her icons, she uses unusual tools: markers, nail polish, wood stain, or acrylic paint.
The piece which completes the exhibition is a work by Konrad Smoleński “Drawing”, video, 3’30”, 2001.
Konrad Smoleński (b. 1977) active in the area of visual arts, working with sound, video and performance. His works operate frequently between the potential inherent in the energy charge and the physical limitations of the surroundings. Lives and works in Warsaw (PL) and Bern (CH).
"Dibujo" Wall Gallery group exhibition in Mallorca
Wall Gallery has a pleasure to inform that in October you can visit an exhibition of our artist Gosia Bartosik in the company of another great artist Basia Bańda. The exhibition is dedicated to drawing as a very important tool for both of them.
Oct 5 - Oct 31, 2019
Zielona Góra, Poland
Gosia Bartosik and Basia Bańda show at Fundacja Salony in Zielona Górna, Poland
August 28 – September 8, 2019
Opening Reception: Wednesday, August 28, 6 –10 PM
Location: 20 I 20 Gallery, EFA Center, 323 West 39th Street, 5th Floor
Curated by Michelle Levy
Resonance, the title of Joanna Borkowska’s solo exhibition opening on August 28, refers to a new series of paintings the artist has created in New York during the past year. Borkowska’s artistic practice vacillates between painting, alchemy, and forms of meditation. Her unique philosophical approach to painting is inspired by nature, which she understands as everything that exists, from the molecular to the cosmic, with all its forces and processes. She has been exploring the “resonance theory of consciousness,” which describes how the vibrating frequencies of discrete entities experience moments of synchronization when they come in contact with each other. Through precision of color, consistency, atmosphere, and flow, Borkowska acts as a mediating force that transfers and translates the invisible onto the canvas. The result is a mysterious effect: monochromatic planes that reveal, upon closer look, intricate patterns with luminescent depths that interact with light and the movement of the viewer.
Joanna Borkowska: Resonance at 20|20 Gallery, New York
Wall Gallery is pleased to announce that our inaugural exhibition has a new edition and become a pop-up in Mokotów! Polish Female Artists First Studio, viewing by appointment only. Tel. +48692967152
Polish Female Artists First Studio
Joanna is an artist in residence at Residency Unlimited in New York untill the end of September.
Joanna Borkowska I Residency Unlimited I NYC 2019
The biggest Polish newspaper -- Gazeta Wyborcza -- recommends our exhibition Polish Female Artists First!