Kasia Michalski is pleased to announce its participation in the Artissima Art Fair in Turin.
The gallery will present a specially commissioned duo project by Polish artists Alicja Bielawska and Rafał Dominik.
Alicja Bielawska’s colorful and dynamic crayon and pencil drawings hang on either side of the booth. Their abstract lines and shapes convey a hidden energy, as if the works were studies or sketches for real-life, however imaginary, objects or installations. Framing and closing up the space are her printed textile curtains. Divided into two diptychs, they transfer the artist’s drawings into another dimension.
Intertwined with Bielawska’s are Rafał Dominik’s objects and scultpures, referring to the experience of everyday consumerism: his hi-tech resin sneakers and lacquered metal sculptures allude to popular products, services and materials. On the other hand, the figurative scenes he depicts in a sandstone bas-relief and a shiny lambda print reveal the artist’s sensitivity in respect to social and class divisions.
Alicja Bielawska (born in 1980 in Warsaw) graduated from Art History at the University of Warsaw (2005) and from Fine Arts at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam (2009). Most recently, she has exhibited at the Fondazione Pastificio Cerere in Rome (September-October 2017), Arsenał Gallery in Białystok (June-August 2017), Galeria Labirynt in Lublin (February-April 2017—solo exhibition), and her upcoming exhibitions include a group show at the Brno House of Arts (November-December 2017). A nominee of the Paszporty Polityki award in the visual arts category (2016), and the VIEWS – Deutsche Bank Art Prize (2015), she was granted a residency in Nida Art Colony in Lithuania in 2016, and in 2014-2015 was the artist-in-residence at the Academie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart.
Rafał Dominik (born in 1985 in Warsaw) graduated from the Faculty of Painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. He has exhibited in the most important contemporary art institutions in Poland, most recently at the Zachęta — National Gallery of Art, the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, Galeria Arsenał in Białystok and the BWA in Katowice. His solo shows include “OS”, at Urs von Unger gallery in Saanen, and “After Humans, Before Robots” at Kasia Michalski. Dominik has also realized commissions for private firms, such as Mercedes Benz Poland, and ING Polish Art Foundation.