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An idea hidden in things

Buildings, edifices, objects. Anchored in our memory, in our thinking about cities, outskirts, in images of different journeys, in perception of a rural road, a sea shore, a terrace, a backyard. The roughness of concrete, the smell of timber, the vermillion of brick, the colour of neon. A house, a palace, a factory, a station. An arbour in the park, a gateway, a swimming pool, a springboard, a gasoline station. Light falling onto the floor, walls, the asphalt of the road. Encoded views, landscapes complemented with architecture.

Maria Kiesner : An idea hidden in things

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Maria Kiesner

An idea hidden in things

August 2011

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A man and a beast. An innocent subject?

The latest exhibition of Katarzyna Karpowicz’s works revolves around her most favourite subjects and themes. The unpretentious title of ‘Man and Beast’ says a lot, but not everything.

Karpowicz goes back to the issue of the duality of animal and human nature. In her oneiric paintings a lion, bear or even a cat that resembles an innocent mascot are friends, guardians and protectors. This dormant state may, however, conceal a threat or the hidden instinct of a killer or demon, just like in the fairytales by the Brothers Grimm. The narrative paintings ‘Mushroom Picker’ and ‘Hunting’ are fairylike and full of tension. Demons openly reveal themselves in the series of paintings called ‘Wars’, conspicuously described by the titles and the atmosphere. They bear a strong resemblance to Goya’s War Demons. More expressive and sketchy, they demonstrate Karpowicz’s search for both new themes and innovative means of expression. Apart from that, there are circus scenes and pictures of people walking their dogs. A man and a beast. An innocent subject. Seemingly innocent. These paintings don’t always give a direct answer to whether it is all about changing roles – about the human face of a beast and the bestiality of man.

The Elektor Gallery, MCKiS, 12 Elektoralna Street, Warsaw
Vernissage: 8/04/2013, 6:00 p.m., exhibition open till 8/05/2013

Maria Kiesner

Maria Kiesner

Born in 1976 in Warsaw. Studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. Graduated in 2002 under tutorage of Jaroslaw Modzelewski.