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Figure Humaine | Solo show by Katarzyna Gajewska | Sol Art

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Unit 3, The Times Building

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We're delighted to announce the launch of Katarzyna Gajewska's new solo exhibition 'Figure Humaine'

The opening night is on Thursday 13th of September | 6-8pm.


The show runs until Saturday 29th September.

In her own words Katarzyna says:

"Figure Humaine was a cantata composed in secret by Francis Poulenc in 1943 on resistance poems by Paul Eluard, a French poet and one of the founders of the surrealist movement. Surrealistic texts depicting horrors of war were a triumph of freedom over tyranny, setting incredible emotional progression, spiritual intensity and rollercoasters between despair and optimism.

Much of my work over the recent years has seen me trying to grapple with the problem of isolation and defining surreal scenarios.

I don’t see my life and work as separate. I have discovered I could only construct through deconstructing certain feelings and situations. Literature and text helped me a lot with it. This was the moment when “Figure Humaine” by Georges Bataille came to my mind. Himself a surrealist dissident after war he kept dissecting the movement; bit by bit. By removing and displacing it’s limbs just like in Hans Bellmer’s drawings, which were used as illustrations to his articles; Bataille’s insistence on bodily deformation, re-organization of parts adds up to a theory of reimagining the body.

Damaged, twisted, broken down to a number of elements, which can be re-assembled in a new, alternative way. Just as my life. Humanity becomes something lost through de - humanizing process. Collecting images and words almost as if I was gathering broken limbs, bringing them together with words and locating in the map of my memories. Those maps are my canvases or paper. Or any other medium I feel like using.; clay, builders’s foam, plaster.

What are the poems / texts / songs I like to scribble down under the pieces of my work?

They are like little treats tucked away in corners, which act as a glue or stitches. Textuality is an inseparable foundation of my work, it helps to arrange labirynths of thoughts. I love words, I cherish them as real gems but I prefer to paint than write, which might be why I am drawn so much to literature.

But not only that, I am also finding beauty in mainstream culture, musical references , I dig at it: I want to take it to the bone to make it more relevant. During tough times – the feeling of hysteria comes; feeling, which just cuts you. In the lyrics of Nick Cave, Tindersticks and many others, I see similar loneliness and I find it really beautiful.

Their lyrics are hanging so low they felt as if they fall on my head. They send a message across with a maximum strength but minimum amount of words; that is the power of chorus.

The last couple of years offered me a lot of fleeting experiences of a different temperature; the outcome was naturally my artwork. I didn’t need literature to provide answers but to locate and support my subjects.

These are all loose thoughts. Thoughts on what happens in my studio, my head, loose fragments and citations…

Truth is the only reason why I paint is necessity, bare necessity. I feel I cannot do without it. Is it good work / bad work I don’t know, it is something I feel urge to do. Sometimes the urge is sudden, violent almost, sometimes gentle, calm. I often procrastinate, changing over and over my work. It is long and teary process but it is an addiction. "

Katarzyna Gajewska

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