Exhibition „Abstractions. Beginning of a New World” (International project)
Concept: LAAF - Lodz Abstract Art Festival
Creators: Adam Lipman, Ignacy Tybor, Natalia Kupiec, Mariusz Korczak, Piotr Siudeja, Nicholas Imms, Zuzanna Malinowska, Piotr Skowron, Maite Gonzalez, Emilia Śpiewak, Wojciech Leder, Irena Zieniewicz, Magdalena Skowrońska, Kacper Zagdan, Mikołaj Dawidziuk, Katarzyna Dynowska, Jacek Obraniak, Marianna Engelmayer, Justyna Maksajda, Paulina Grzelińska, Damian Ciszek, Aleksandra Ignasiak, Marzena Łukaszuk, Tomasz Kawełczyk, Zdzisław Olejniczak, Jarosław Borek, Aleksander Raczyński, Lesław Miśkiewicz, Joanna Cisek, Michał Czuba
Date of the opening: 19.08.2022 / Friday
Time of the opening: 6 pm
Place: Room B_201 & C_201, Art_Inkubator in Art Factory in Lodz
Exhibition opening schedule:
19.08.2022 / Friday / time: 6 pm - 10 pm
20.08.2022 / Saturday / time: 12 pm - 9 pm
21.08.2022 / Sunday / time: 12 pm - 8 pm
22.08.2022 / Monday / time: 3:30 pm - 7 pm
23.08.2022 / Tuesday / time: 3:30 pm - 7 pm
24.08.2022 / Wednesday / time: 3:30 pm - 7 pm
25.08.2022 / Thursday / time: 3:30 pm - 9 pm
26.08.2022 / Friday / time: 12 pm - 8 pm
27.08.2022 / Saturday / time: 12 pm - 8 pm
28.08.2022 / Sunday / time: 12 pm - 7 pm
Vievers' age: no limitations
DESCRIPTION OF THE EVENT:
We live in times full of anxiety - ecological, economic, political crisis, increasing pace of life, uncertainty of tomorrow… What is happening affects us, but does not have to determine our approach to life. As abstract painters we are embedded in reality but we do not relate to it directly. We choose the most free language of painting - the language of abstraction.
By definition, abstract art is free from representations, it allows the viewer to interpret aesthetic experiences on his own. It prompts to look for new sensations and discover new paths of one’s own consciousness. Thus we ask a question, what is the connection between the original meaning of "abstraction" and the creation of the "New World"?
The main task of painting Abstraction is the study of painting matter. What does this enigmatic sentence mean? An artist, an abstract artist in particular, needs his own language. A large part of his work is to discover new possibilities of applying pigment to the canvas - thanks to which he creates stains, textures, lines or points that make up different compositions. Only while having a certain language he is able to express what he needs on canvas. The language he uses is made up of core values abstracted from a potentially infinite range of possibilities. In visual arts, abstraction is the process of creating basic values that build the artist's language. There can be arguments about the universality of this language. We believe that there are, however, certain painting axioms, such as the previously mentioned point, line and plane clearly recorded in the History of Art by Wassily Kandinsky.
Kazimierz Malewicz was one of the first abstractionists. We mention him because his work is a perfect example of a way out of the maximally abstracted painting matter - the famous "Black Square on White Background" showing the basic dualistic nature of any painting. Then, modifying the abstracted axiom, he proceeded to create an autonomous "New World" out of it. Now the aforementioned square could move, multiply, and even acquire three-dimensionality. He could interact and fight with others similar to himself, create harmony with them and the potential for tensions.
However, all the activities of the "Square" were taken from the observation of the real world. We can see everything that we have mentioned in front of our eyes, living here and now. So, are we really able to create the "New World"? Isn't that too high a bar, aren't these downright inhuman requirements?
This time we will not give you a direct answer. Each of the participants of the first edition of the Lodz Abstract Art Festival - "Beginning of the New World", will be able to answer the above questions without restrictions with their own creativity.
INFORMATION ABOUT THE ARTISTS:
Adam Lipman - in his work, Adam Lipman deals mainly with painting and serigraphy on fabric. Since his departure in 2017 for the Erazmus + program in Caldas da Rainha in Portugal, abstract forms dominate in this author's work. He tries to combine activities resulting from emotions and coincidence with the analysis of the matter and form of the work. After obtaining the title of Master of Arts at the Strzemiński Academy of Fine Arts in Łódź in 2019, Adam Lipman created a brand of silkscreen printing on clothes and other everyday objects - MITO SITO.
Ignacy Tybor - painting student at the Strzemiński Academy of Fine Arts in Łódź. He started at the studio of Mariusz Korczak. Half of the artistic collective "TYRA" with Jacek Obraniak. He paints quite a lot.
Natalia Kupiec - she graduated from the Faculty of Graphics and Painting at the Strzemiński Academy of Fine Arts in Łódź. She defended her diploma at the Lithographic Techniques Studio under the supervision of prof. Witold Warzywoda and at the Drawing and Illustration Techniques Studio under the supervision of dr Marzena Łukaszuk. She specialises in drawing, painting, sculpture and graphic art.
Mariusz Korczak - was born in 1949, in Rawa Mazowiecka. He studied in 1971-1974 at the Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków at the Faculty of Painting in the studio of J Stern and J. Nowosielski, and in 1976-1977 at the studio of S. Gierowski at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. Graduated in 1977. His last exhibition was in 2016 at Galeria Willa in Łódź.
Piotr Siudeja - fashion designer, clothing technologist, visual artist. Apart from his involvement in the fashion industry, he also deals with contemporary abstract painting (although figurativism also happens from time to time). A graduate of the Strzemiński Academy of Fine Arts in Łódź.
Nicholas Imms - born in Worcester, England. Carves abstract plywood forms that balance clean, colourful aesthetics with an organic vibe. His works are cut with a jigsaw, and carved by hand, with gouges and chisels. He lives and works in Copenhagen, and has exhibited widely in Denmark.
Zuzanna Malinowska - born in 1993, a graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Łódź at the Faculty of Graphics and Painting. Graduated with honors. Bronze medal at the Review of the Best Diplomas - Prime Time ASP Łódź. Scholarship Erasmus in the Escola d’Art and Superior de Disseny de Valencia, in 2017/18. Finalist of the 17th Edition of the Hestia Artistic Journey Competition in 2018. Finalist of the 33 Władysław Strzemiński Competition. Honorary distinction in the Hommage à l’Avant- garde Competition. She took part in numerous group exhibitions, including the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw and the 2nd Contemporary Art Review of New Awangarda in Katowice. She starts the painting with a strong gesture on a clean canvas. This is the most important moment of the creative process. Then she focuses on colour, texture contrast and their mutual relations. Painting is the energy that flows from the artist.
Piotr Skowron - was born in 1984 in Łódź. A graduate of the Strzemiński Academy of Fine Arts in Łódź. Since 2014, he has been working as a lecturer at his alma mater at the Silkscreen Studio of dr hab. Agata Stępień. In 2019, he obtained a doctoral degree. Creativity in the field of graphics and drawing - specializes in silkscreen printing. He does not limit himself to traditional printing forms and often explores space by creating graphic objects. Experiments with space are closely related to his previous education - engineering. He composes works using the basic means of artistic expression - lines, planes, contrasts of colours and textures.
Maite Gonzalez - after a stay in Portugal, in ESAD Escola Superior de Artes e Design de Caldas da Rainha, and work on some engraving techniques and analog photography, he graduated in Bilbao with a pictorial work named „Efecto Jamás podría ser alguien” / „Efecto Jamás could be someone”. Recently he presented „Inevitable laguna, un amor sin dirección” / „Unavoidable loophole, a love with no direction”, as a final work of the Painting Master of UPV/EHU. He had shown his work in Galeria AIRE in Bilbao in the collective KEAK LUR HARTU DU and in Sala Zerupe with Auritz Iñurrieta in “Ni naiz kariño ta zu zare maitia”. He lives and works in Oiartzun, his hometown.
Emilia Śpiewak - 4th year student of graphics at the Strzemiński Academy of Fine Arts in Łódź. A graduate of the Tadeusz Makowski High School of Art in Łódź with a diploma in stage design techniques, specializing in handiwork and interior design. She does not like to stay in one place and constantly tries to gather new artistic experiences. In art, she values the most honesty and freedom of self-expression. On a daily basis, she specialises in design and drawing, and additionally experiments and trains herself in the technique of lithography.
Wojciech Leder - was born in 1960 in Łódź. In the years 1979-1985 he studied at the Faculty of Painting and Graphics at the State Higher School of Visual Arts in Łódź. In the period of 1982-1985 he also began studies in philosophy at the University of Łódź. He obtained his diploma both at the Studio of Woodcutting Techniques of professor Andrzej M. Bartczak and at the Studio of Painting of professor Stanisław Fĳałkowski. Since 2005, he has been running the Painting and Drawing Studio at the Faculty of Textile Art and Fashion Design at the Strzemiński Academy of Fine Arts in Łódź. In 2003 he was invited to become a member of the jury of the Painting Biennale Bielska Jesień. Leder's paintings are time-consuming and multi-structured, sometimes they resemble earth or rock sections, then they sparkle with the colours of dark and nature not yet fully understood. The artist uses his own techniques. He also paints with natural, though coloured wax, often exposing his paintings to additional, mechanical "processing" such as grinding. The artist's works are in the collections of The Museum of Art in Łódź, Galeria Bielska BWA in Bielsko-Biała, Kulczyk Foundation, Atlas of Art, the Collection of the Society for the Encouragement of Fine Arts and in private collections in Poland and abroad, among others.
Irena Zieniewicz - was born on 9th March 1993 in Lublin. A graduate of the Faculty of Graphics and Painting (2017) and the Faculty of Sculpture (2020) at the Strzemiński Academy of Fine Arts in Łódź. In her work, she explores issues of emigration, discrimination, identity, human rights, xenophobia and intolerance. She specialises in areas such as sculpture, installation, site-specific works, painting, artistic and design graphics.
Magdalena Skowrońska - was born in 1991. Graduate of the Faculty of Graphics and Painting at the Strzemiński Academy of Fine Arts in Łódź.Diploma in 2019, the main specialization in easel painting in the Studio of Image Semantics under the supervision of dr hab. Zbiegniew Nowicki, annex in the Studio of Woodcut Techniques and Book Art under the supervision of prof. nadzw. Dariusz Kaca. Diploma selected for the competition of the best diplomas of the Strzemiński Academy of Fine Arts in Łódź, Prime Time. Her work mainly includes easel painting, drawing and graphics. Her abstract works are loosely inspired by portrait painting and nature. She uses figures and gestures to compose the space of the painting, which becomes a separate entity that can be interpreted individually by each viewer.
Kacper Zagdan - specialises in abstract painting. These are non-representative compositions in the spirit of organic abstraction. Creative activities that draw heavily from the traditions of postmodern painting; between action painting (and other experimental actionists) and matter painting and informel expressions. Kacper Zagdan's paintings refer to a certain strategy and creative attitude, which gives the author a wide field for technological experiment and freedom of gesture.The author consciously limits the means of expression and subtly selects tools, carefully selects colours and media. The presented collection of paintings is thoughtful, elegant, economical and subtle, while maintaining its expressive, seemingly random character. (Text - Jan Jubal Wasiński - thesis reviewer)
Mikołaj Dawidziuk - born in 1944 in Usnarszczyzna in the Podlasie Region. A graduate of the State Higher School of Visual Arts in Lodz (now the Władysław Strzemiński Academy of Fine Arts). He studied painting in the studios of Prof. Stanisław Byrski and Prof. Stanisław Fijałkowski. He passed his diploma exam in 1969. Immediately after that he made his debut at the exhibition entitled “Najmłodsze Pokolenie” (“The Youngest Generation”) at the Galeria Współczesna (Contemporary Gallery) in Warsaw. Since 1971 he has been employed at his alma mater. In the year 2000 he was appointed as a Professor. In the years 1989-2014 he was in charge of one of the Painting Studios at the Faculty of Graphics and Painting.
Katarzyna Dynowska - was born on 6th August 1997 in Szczecin. A graduate of the Faculty of Graphics Arts of the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdańsk. She specialises in design and publishing graphics, illustration, serigraphy and collage. She has been working at the Academy of Art in Szczecin in the Serigraphy Laboratory since March 2022. In her spare time she collects antiques.
Jacek Obraniak - sculpting painter, mainly uses painting, but extends it to include assemblage, sculpture and anything else he needs to create a work. He uses a variety of materials, closely observing how they can be used. He pays particular attention to the form of his paintings. Although he often creates representational works, their main theme is the way matter is shaped. He draws inspiration from many sources, but he is mostly influenced by non-professional art and painting activities found in space.
Marianna Engelmayer - she isinterested in the materiality of objects and the stories recorded in them. In her works she uses found materials - those that used to serve something, belonged to someone, and thanks to that they evoke something in her. At the same time, she is very excited about different textures and colours and what results from their combination. In her work, she takes physical pleasure in testing these combinations and in the moments when they trigger an unexpected reaction in her.
Justyna Maksajda - studies at the Faculty of Graphics and Painting at The Strzemiński Academy of Fine Arts in Łódź. Diploma in 2018 in painting at the Studio of Image Semantics under dr hab. Zbigniew Nowicki and drawing in the Drawing and Illustration Techniques Studio of dr Marzena Łukaszuk. Winner of competitions, incl. GRAND PRIX in the 35th edition of Władysław Strzemiński contest (2018), distinction in the 28th National Review of Young Painting in Legnica (2018). Audankunststiftung scholarship holder (2020). Participant of group and individual exhibitions in Poland and abroad (France, Germany, Croatia, Hungary). Specialises in the field of painting, drawing and artistic graphics.
Paulina Grzelińska - was born in 1996. She is an artist associated with Łódź. She lives and works here, she also graduated from The Strzemiński Academy of Fine Arts in Łódź in 2021, specializing in artistic and spatial graphics as well as posters. She has already participated in national exhibitions, both group and individual, incl. Bałucka Gallery and the presentation of works as part of the International Triennial of Small Graphic Forms in 2020. She won prizes in the competitions of The Strzemiński Academy of Fine Arts.
Damian Ciszek - was born in 1995. He studied at The Strzemiński Academy of Fine Arts in Łódź, obtained his diploma in 2020, in the studio of dr Jakub Stępień (graphic design) and dr hab. Zbigniew Nowicki (painting annex). He studied at ESAD (Caldas da Rainha, Portugal, 2018/19) and at Design of the Lodz University of Technology (2014/15). From 2015 to 2019, he cooperated with ŁCW [tł. Events Centre Łódź] on the implementation of works in public space. He specialises in the field of painting, street art, artistic and design graphics.
Zdzisław Olejniczak - studied at the State College of Fine Arts in Łódź. He received his diploma in 1985 in the Typography Design Studio of prof. Krzysztof Lenk and the Painting Studio of prof. Stanisław Fijałkowski and the Drawing Studio of prof. Leszek Rózga. Since 1987 he has been working at the Academy of Fine Arts in Łódź. In 1987-2002 he was an assistant in the Drawing Studio of prof. Witold Kaliński. In the years 2002-2015 he ran the Drawing Studio IV at the Faculty of Graphics and Painting. In 2005-2008 he was the head of the Department of Painting, Drawing and Sculpture at the Faculty of Graphics and Painting. In the years 2008-2016 he was the dean, and in 2016-2019 the deputy dean of the Faculty of Graphics and Painting. In 2011 he was nominated a professor. Currently, he runs the Illustrative Graphics Studio at the Faculty of Design Arts at the Institute of Graphic Design and Visual Information. He has participated in over 300 international exhibitions, including Polish art abroad and nationwide auctions and art fairs. Creativity in the field of workshop and design graphics, drawing and painting.
Jarosław Borek - resident of Łódź, born in 1983. A graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Łódź. Tadeusz Makowski in Łódź. Currently, as a research and didactic employee, he conducts classes with students at the Studio of Small Sculpture Form and the Department of Propedeutics of Sculpture at the Institute of Sculpture, Academy of Fine Arts in Łódź. He works with Galleries and Auction Houses in Poland. Privately, he designs under the name ID.FOR.FUN. The most important achievement is the monumental steel sculpture "The Ring", measuring 8 meters and weighing over 9 tons, created in 2018 during the International Chengdu Sister Cities Sculpture Festival in the world and the world in Chengdu, China. is a sculpture that opens a series of 24 projects from around the world. The work is on permanent display at the Tianfu Greenway. The sculpture symbolizes cooperation and cultural exchange between sister cities: Łódź and Chengdu. In 2019, the sculpture received a certificate of authenticity and the Łódzkie Eureka distinction in the "Art" category awarded by the Łódź Scientific Society. The work of Jarosław Borek is characterized by the aesthetics of synthetic geometry and a graphic approach to space.
Aleksander Raczyński - born in 1994 in Poland, Łódź. Finished studying photography in National Film School in Łódź, Poland. He is taking photographs, making films and playing music.
Lesław Miśkiewicz - born on May 26, 1953 in Zgierz. He studied at the State College of Fine Arts in Łódź, he obtained his diploma in 1978. Since 1977 he has been working at the State College of Fine Arts. In the years 1995-2018 he was employed at the Institute of Computer Science of the Lodz University of Technology. Teaches the basics of composition and issues related to digital images. He creates in the field of graphics and painting. He has shown his works at 14 individual exhibitions and at over 120 collective exhibitions. He is the laureate of seven awards in international exhibitions and six in national exhibitions.
Joanna Cisek - born in 1994 in Lublin. A graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts. Władysław Strzemiński in Łódź at the Faculty of Graphics and Painting. Diploma in the Studio of Designing Publishing Graphics and Digital Media Typography of prof. Sławomira Kosmynka (Editorial and Typography Design Studio) and an annex in the Painting Studio in Public Space of Dr. Aleksandra Ignasiak (exhibition of the best diplomas of the Academy of Fine Arts in Łódź - PRIME TIME 2018). Participant of numerous group and individual exhibitions, incl. at the OPUS gallery in Łódź. Awards and distinctions in the 33rd Competition of Władysław Strzemiński, Hommage l'Avantgarde and the Eibish.
Michał Czuba - was born in 1991 in Piotrków Trybunalski, he studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Łódź. Graduated with a Master of Arts diploma in painting in 2020. He lives and works in Kraków. In his works, he's using expressive forms and, guided by his intuition, he tries to translate his own observation into the painting language. He engages in a dialogue with the world of nature, which is built of light, color and form. When it comes to abstract painting, He does not perceive his work in this way, but abstract thought constantly accompanies him during the creative process.