Thursday, February 20, 2014

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Kaja Renkas in STL April 4

Infirmary of the Subconscious
Contemporary Polish Posters by Kaja Renkas

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Exhibition Opening March 7 at 6:00 pm
Artist Reception: April 4 at 7:00 pm
Special Guest Performance April 4 at 10:00 pm featuring Rob Mazurek and Darin Gray

More info coming soon 

Ewa Budka in STL March 28 at Hoffman LaChance Contemporary

The Skin I Have Been Living In
Mokulito-Lithography on the Wood of Ewa Budka (Budkalito)

Opening reception Friday, February 28, 6-10 pm
at Hoffman LaChance Contemporary
2713 Sutton Boulevard, St. Louis 63143 

When the human body is cut, the skin begins a new story: a story of the past, pain, restoration, memory, and the scar. This story is a universal lesson of pure reality. Budka illuminates these stories by replacing the cold, lifeless lithographer’s stone with swelling, breathing wood—wood that already has its own life story embedded within its grain. The wood absorbs Budka’s drawings and incantations forming an emotive picture of primal instincts, a cosmos of natural reactions—pain, frustration, animality, sexuality and love. But it is the skin that tells the body’s story. In Budka’s work the wood is the body and the paper becomes the skin that retains and maps the imprint of affectivity within the matrix of its own cellular structure.

Pioneering an Earth-friendly approach to the lithographic process, the alchemy of Mokulito allows Ewa to substitute water for chemicals. While printer’s ink sticks to the applied oil-based mediums (crayons, markers, pencils, and paint) water repels the ink from the untouched areas of the wood body keeping the original image intact for multiple printings and further manipulation.

Ewa Budka is a Master printmaker and fashion model. She graduated in May 2013 from the Department of Graphic Art and Design at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw with the Rector's honors. Hoffman LaChance Contemporary is proud to host her show “The Skin I Have Been Living In” while she fulfills her residency at Paul Art Space.

Text provided by Chris Smentkowski, curator for Polish arts and culture in St. Louis, Missouri

First Worms, Entire Forest at Underdonk in NYC

First Worms, Entire Forest
Anna Minx and Chris Smentkowski

February 22 through March 23, 2014
at Underdonk Gallery 
1717 Troutman Street, Brooklyn, New York 11385
Opening reception: February 22, 6:00 pm

Piling on, as a human process, suggests a sort of compulsion; a potentially incarcerating habit of constant resurfacing, a refusal to settle for what’s already here. In her relief paintings, Anna Minx piles on and mingles contemporary and ancient landscapes with suggestions of the corporeal, placing tactile drips, pools and peaks alongside hints of manicured fingertips and static bare tendons. The resulting shapes reach and push in self-contained momentum, paused like fossilized bodies of our oldest animals, resisting the confinement of an eternal cycle. 
Chris Smentkowski’s work spans time materially and in the stories it implies. His ceramics are rolled and pounded into the soil behind his studio while wet clay, picking up odd bits of debris in the process. These collected bits are burnt out when fired, creating pocked impressions of dirt, and doubling the earth-memory of the clay. This sense of being earthbound is reconsidered in his paintings, which are inspired by memories of his travels through the Podhale region of southern Poland. Suggestive of an imagination wandering the woods, catching itself in branches, and an airy, bodiless freedom, they discount any assumption that we return wholly to the earth. 
These works together engage a particular psychology and aesthetic of confinement and liberation – animal and geologic, the young and the old, the living and the dead. Minx and Smentkowski create images and objects that we might be born knowing, or know before we die - a series of first and last images. Very old people, trees, and tectonic plates, and conversely, newborns, sprouts, and earthquakes - they don’t tell you everything they know, but you would listen if they did.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

An interesting find (in English)

an interesting article:

Tomasz Kowalski has a solo show up at the Contemporary Art Museum in St. Louis, Missouri.
He's a very nice person with great taste in music... I met with him for a bit while he was here.

In the meantime, here are two Polish art blogs he recommends:
Of course, one should not forget Obieg:

And some of his work:

I'll post more information here soon.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Co widać? Polska sztuka dzisiaj.

Co widać. Polska sztuka dzisiaj | As You Can See. Polish Art Today
Feb 14 @  Muzeum Sztuki Nowoczesnej w Warszawie/ Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw

Apologies for not posting during the holidays -- it is my time away from the computer.  I am also preparing for an exhibition of my own work at a gallery in Brooklyn, Feb 22. More info will be posted here.