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The tango as an excuse

The theme of this exhibition is the tango, the most sensuous dance in the world. Seductive, sexy, filled with desire and jealousy, a desire for power, the wish to dominate the partner but also a longing for love and intimacy. He and she, the story that unfolds between them on the dance floor for a few moments.

Krzysztof Kokoryn : The tango as an excuse

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The tango as an excuse

April 2019

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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

Krzysztof Kokoryn

Krzysztof Kokoryn

Born in 1964 in Szczytno. Studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. Graduated in 1993 under tutorage of Prof Rajmund Ziemski.