Poland International

  • Date:
    6 June–2 August 2015

Brud, Wojtek Doroszuk, Agata Kleczkowska, Magda Magdziarz, Gregor Rozanski

Opening night 5 June 2015, 6–8pm

The internet, freedom to travel and a cultural history of looking beyond country borders has arguably led to recent generations of Polish artists engaging with international imagery and discourse. The artists in this small group show each reflect elements of global art history and contemporary critical theory. This exhibition brings work by emerging artists based in Poland to Northampton at a time when the town is home to the largest Polish population in the region.

In 2014 the artists Aditya Mandayam & Ada Pola quit their solo practices and metamorphosed into the Indo-Polish art-parasite Brud. Based in a slaughterhouse in central Warsaw, their two latest artworks are Kurz, an analog cryptocurrency, & Szybolet, an open-source operating system meant to be ‘installed in the presence of art’.

Agata Kleczkowska lives and works in Warsaw. Agata Kleczkowska is predominantly a painter working with oil on canvas but also works with mixed media works and embroidery. Her imagery ranges from mountains to wolves, tigers and other beasts, hands, cubes, triangles with graphic, angular colour and overlays of arrows, dots and symbols.

Festen by Wojtek Doroszuk takes as its inspiration the paintings of the 17th century Flemish animalist artists, such as Frans Snyder, Jan and Ferdinand Van Kessel combined with post humanistic experimentation to envisage a future world in which the human has disappeared.

Magda Magdziarz, like Agata, uses boldly graphic forms in he work but takes a more abstract approach to her painting. A geometric form may resemble a quartered constructivist head wearing a hat but a fluid flourish of paint disrupts its plane or create a backdrop. Her palette ranges from primary, bold blocks to tertiary and earthy tones, frames, grids and interrupting flourishes.

Poland International will screen Gregor Rozanski‘s BLUE (#3B5998) 2012. This project is based upon Derek Jarman’s 1993 film Blue. In Gregor’s work, Jarman’s Yves Klein inspired shade of blue is replaced by Facebook’s colour palette (#3B599 RGb 59, 89, 152) which Gregor has renamed International Facebook Blue. The film’s soundtrack is a reconceptualisation of the original screenplay with a text generated by an artificial English voice simulator.

Poland International is supported by the Polish Cultural Institute in London.


From Art To Commerce
13 June 2015, 11am–1pm / How to use social media
4 July 2015, 11am–1pm / Who is your market and audience?

From Art To Commerce is a regular workshop at NN for artists and makers at all stages of their career. Run by NN’s Development Director Tracey Clarke, each session has a particular business focus from business modelling to marketing and finance. For further information contact Tracey at [email protected]

Write Club
9 July 2015, 7pm – CANCELLED due to staff illness. The next Write Club date will be announced soon.
Write Club is for anyone wanting to brush up on their art writing from artist statements to critical texts, get together for peer critique over a coffee in the Café. This session will look at artist statement writing. For further information contact Catherine Hemelryk, [email protected].

Drop in Creative Workshop: Post-It Dictionary with Ania Bas
12 July 2015, 2–5pm
26 July 2015, 2–5pm

Post-It Dictionary is an invitation to co–create a Polish-English and English-Polish visual dictionary. Using low-fi materials (pencils and Post-Its) you are invited to contribute words, phrases, themes and categories as well as visuals with artist Ania Bas.

Crit Group
16 July 2015, 7pm
NN hosts the Crit Group for artists at all stages of their career to come together to discuss their work in progress.

The Social
31 July 2015, 8pm
A social night to bring together anyone and everyone working in the creative sector across Northamptonshire.
CALL FOR IMAGES: bring a memory stick with images of your work to become part of the slide show that is the backdrop for the event.

Instytut Polski

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