VISUAL ARTS


BETWEEN FACTUAL AND FICTITIOUS ASPECTS OF LENS-BASED PRACTICE

BETWEEN FACTUAL AND FICTITIOUS ASPECTS OF LENS-BASED PRACTICE

A Conversation with Darek Fortas – a lens-based artist with a strong interest in politics, aesthetics and distribution of power. His practice can be characterised as bridging documentary-style fieldwork with constructed studio practice while sustaining a very formal aesthetic rigour.

PORTFOLIO: PAWEŁ SŁOTA

PORTFOLIO: PAWEŁ SŁOTA

Paweł Slota (b.1989) – he is a graduate of the Faculty of Painting of the Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków. He has been inspired by the urban landscape and by the space, in which he lives and constantly sees. He believes, that in an urban landscape, we can observe many occurrences that fascinate and inspire him.

PORTFOLIO: RAFAŁ DOMINIK

PORTFOLIO: RAFAŁ DOMINIK

Rafał Dominik – ainter, sculptor and draughtsman. As a lover of pop culture, he perceives art as a very important part of social life. In his works, he focuses on making art which is available for a wide audience and easy to understand.

HIGHLIGHTS FROM FRIEZE MASTERS

The sister fair of Frieze features more than 130 leading modern and historical galleries from around the world, which showcases art from the ancient era and Old Masters to the late 20th century. See the highlights of this year’s edition in pictures.

PORTFOLIO: KAMIL PIECZYKOLAN

Kamil Pieczykolan (b. 1988) studied at The Academy of Art and Design in Wrocław. He used to try to draw forms, which could never exist in our dimension. A way of thinking similar to making up worlds constructed of nothing we experience in…

SEE YOU IN MY DREAMS. INTERVIEW WITH YUI AKIYAMA

We are talking to Yui Akiyama, a distinguished finalist of the Best Art Academy diploma work contest, an artist born in Osaka. Akiyama passed her master’s diploma examination this year…

KARINA MARUSIŃSKA. GOOD VISIBILITY

Karina Marusińska is an interdisciplinary artist whose activities combine visual arts and ceramics. Here she talks to Lynx about her project “Good Visibility”, which she prepared while participating in a residence programme in Birmingham.

PORTFOLIO: KUBA MOZOLEWSKI

Kuba Mozolewski – mainly interested in creative and documentary photography, abstract painting and installation. He creates works that do not directly relate to reality but are in a dialogue with masters of abstract painting.

SIX YOUNG POLISH ARTISTS FROM BERLIN WORTH KNOWING

Within last few years Polish artists built up a strong position in Berlin, and each year they gain more and more interest on a local as well as international scene. So who is a young Polish Berliner among the…

ART & SCIENCE: PLACE FOR ART

While in the 1990 and early aughts the internet was treated as a virtual space, separate from real world, nowadays it pervades the existence in every way. Artists no longer treat is a new medium but as a mass medium.

ART IS NOT AN ACCIDENTAL OCCUPATION

The Hestia Artistic Journey is a competition for art students. Contestants compete for a month-long trip and art residency in the world’s top modern art centres – New York and Valencia. The prestige of…

RETOUCH: ART SCENE IN POZNAN

The Cultural and Creative Cities Monitor published by the European Commission and dealing with issues such as cultural infrastructure, social development, economic growth or employment opportunities, has ranked Poznań…

PORTFOLIO: PAWEŁ BAŚNIK

Paweł Baśnik – graduated from the Department of Painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Wroclaw. In his works, he focuses on the motif of vanitas, less so in the depicted topic and the visual side of the work, but more in the texture of the paint…

ART & SCIENCE: ART MANIFESTOS

One cannot discuss avant garde art without mentioning art manifestos; and indeed the beginning of the 20th century was marked with the publishing of art statements to such an extent that it seemed indispensable to present…

STUDIO VISIT: MARCIN DUDEK

Marcin Dudek works in a large building in Brussels where we visited him during Art Brussels fair. In the field of visual art he examines the universal problem of functioning as an individual amongst a crowd.

PORTFOLIO: MARTA ANTONIAK

Marta Antoniak (b. 1986) is a graduate of the Faculty of Painting of the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow. In 2011 she received her MA degree at the studio of Professor Andrzej Bednarczyk. At present, she is a PhD candidate at the Academy.

AUGMENTING THE WORLD WITH MASAKI FUJIHATA

The exhibition ‘Augmenting the World’, presents works by Masaki Fujihata, is a part of the “Art+Science Meeting”. Interview with the exhibition’s curator, Professor Ryszard W. Kluszczyński.

ART&SCIENCE: PRIMA MATERIA

Nowadays, having the digital along with physical, artists create works that play with our perception and senses. Moving back and forth from virtual to real, it’s time to rethink the meaning of “matter” all over again.

CAN WE EMBRACE THE NEW SYSTEMS? THE 17TH MEDIA ART BIENNALE WRO

The leitmotif and title of the 17th Media Art Biennale WRO is Draft Systems. It is a timely and highly relevant choice, as there is an inescapable feeling of being at a junction of history.

A LIFE IN A WEEKEND – MAKING THE LYNX COVER

The north-east port town of Szczecin, Poland was witness to a very unique spectacle during the first weekend of March. Contemporary Lynx invited street artist Slawek ZBIOK Czajkowski…

BIENNALE DE LA BICHE: A BREATH, OUT OF THE CONTEMPORARY ART SCENE

Biennale de La Biche is the smallest contemporary art biennale in the world and is taking place on a remote, uninhabited island in the Caribbean Sea bound to disappear due to the rising…

MEET FIVE FEMALE ARTISTS WHO CREATE WORK IN PUBLIC SPACE

Let’s celebrate International Woman’s Day – we would like to introduce you to five female artists who create work in a public space. These female artists, who despite their different ways of experiencing…

PIOTR KRZYMOWSKI: NEWS FROM THE PAST

Piotr Krzymowski is an up-and-coming Polish artist and graduate of Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. He works in film, video, performance and collage, often with found materials. I meet Krzymowski at l’étrangère…

ALL THAT IS MELTED…

In an interview with Tytus Szabelski, we discuss the role of an artist, the relevance of distinction between a copy and an original, the means of expression, and the twists and turns which led him to the creation of “All that is melted…”.

PAWEŁ JANICKI: BEYOND THE DIGITAL

Polish artist Paweł Janicki – recognised internationally for his independent media art – presented a huge-scale project at the Platan Gallery in Budapest. The “Tessell” installation calls visitors to engage in multilevel interactions…

WOJCIECH PUŚ: FILMMAKING, POLITICS & SEX

“Theater is a machine where there’s no time for complaining; you need to solve problems, find solutions, and do that while acting in various capacities. I’ve worked on numerous projects…”

… PAINTING HAS BECOME A LUXURIOUS MEDIUM FOR THE ARTIST

Interview: Anna Katarzyna Domejko discusses her most recent series of paintings, the refugee crisis, and the Birmingham art scene with Roma Piotrowska.

LOCAL INITIATIVES ON AN INTERNATIONAL STAGE

As 2016, a year so full of unforgettable moments and pleasant surprises comes to an end, we decided to ask Michał Bieniek, the curator of the European Capital of Culture Visual Arts Programme…

MEET 4 EMERGING ARTISTS – THE ALUMNI OF THE MOST INFLUENTIAL ART SCHOOL

Located in the heart of London, the Royal College of Art (RCA) is the most influential, wholly postgraduate university of art and design in the world. It’s the dream of art students…

ON TECHNOLOGY AND THE HOLY FIRE OF INSPIRATION

Interview with Alessandro Ludovico. He is the editor in chief of Neural magazine – a monthly publication dedicated to ‘new media art’ and the ongoing developments occurring in the fields of contemporary…

FROM WARBURG TO TUMBLR

The Mnemosyne Atlasis an unfinished work, actually a repository of images collected by Aby Warburg from 1924 to when he died in 1929. Known only from its photographic reproductions, it is a record of a creative and scientific process…

INTO THE STUDIO: EDWARD KRASIŃSKI

Ahead of his major retrospective opening this week at Tate Liverpool, we visit the lovingly preserved former studio and home of Polish artist Edward Krasiński — uncovering ostrich eggs, VAT receipts, blue Scotch tape, toy mice, and all…

STORIES COVERED WITH SEA SALT

Perhaps by reaching the border we can experience something more and see beyond the social and cultural patterns, which were the topic of works by the majority of artists of artists, that we take with a pinch of salt.

KRZYSZTOF MANIAK INTERVIEWED BY MARTA KUDELSKA

Last year Krzysztof Maniak was awarded the first prize in the Hestia Artistic Journey Competition. It’s high time we looked back and discussed what has changed for him in the last year.

DEATH / LIFE VALLEY — ADAM RZEPECKI, IGNACY CZWARTOS, MARCIN GIERAT AND PIOTR LUTYŃSKI IN CONVERSATION WITH CONTEMPORARY LYNX

Adam Rzepecki recently took a journey into the heart of the US that culminated in an act of performance.

PAINTER’S PAINTING. SOME THOUGHTS ON THE RECENT WORKS OF WOJCIECH GILEWICZ

May 2016 we met up outside the Cuchifritos Gallery with Wojciech Gilewicz, and Bartek Remisko the curator of the artist’s most recent solo show…

BETWEEN THE INCREDIBLE AND THE CREDIBLE. A TALK WITH YANE CALOVSKI.

My work is mostly based on my work with information, which often does not get written down anywhere, but rather constitutes a part of people’s memories, and their oral history.

ON THINGS COMMON AND UNCOMMON

Mateusz Szczypiński is an artist who made his debut with a series of paintings and collages. His latest work can be seen in Frankfurt as a part of the open group exhibition — Contemporay Art from Poland.

A DIFFERENT LANGUAGE, A DIFFERENT OBJECT

Abakans – Not simply fabric constructs, nor just sculptures, but three dimensional forms known as “soft sculptures”. Abstract and very organic, these are the fruit of the imagination.

THE OTHER PLACES – WOJTEK DOROSZUK’S ROUND TRIP

He strays inbetween fiction, and a documentary approach; an observation, and a subjective impression of a moment; an ethnological field work, and the research of a curious traveller.

NATALIA ZAŁUSKA. MEANING IN MINIMALISM

Natalia Załuska makes art which is associated with tranquility, contemplation and stillness. She captures a type of refinement of clarity you can’t ignore simply and elegantly.

ALICJA BIELAWSKA. SCULPTURE SUGGESTS MOVEMENT

“I think all of the elements: scale, colour, shape, used materials and a performative element are interconnected.”- says Bielawska in conversation with Z. Cielątkowska.

ALICJA KWADE – SOMEWHERE ELSE AT THE SAME TIME…

Alicja Kwade works in a large building in Berlin where we visited her. Her works manipulate mental perceptions and physical experiences of how the body inhabits space and time.

THE NEW YEAR’S SUMMARIES

The end of the year is the perfect time to stop and make a top ten list. The year provided many projects. The huge family of Contemporary Lynx comes from 155 countries and speaks in over 139 languages and we all need art everyday!

TOP 10 ARTICLES OF 2015

Happy New Year Contemporary Lynx Readers! What were your favorite articles of 2015? Find out: 1. Somewhere along the line – photographs by Michał Korta, 2. Cedar Lewisohn – London-based curator, expert and researcher on street art…

MAGDALENA ABAKANOWICZ. EXPERIENCING THE ORGANIC

The show gathers artists from all around the world. The centrepiece of the exhibition belongs undoubtedly to the master of contemporary textiles – Magdalena Abakanowicz.

THE CHANGING FACE OF WARSAW’S ART SCENE

The rising number of exciting exhibitions, publications and other art initiatives proves that Warsaw art life has changed for the better, and ‘private’ galleries play a very important role in keeping it that way.

MAESS. BEAUTY OF DECAY

Warsaw-based artist Maess presents her series of drawings „Abnormal results” at Platan Gallery in Budapest. We asked Maess to share her views on applied techniques, inspirations and experiences behind these works.

FIVE YOUNG CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS TO WATCH

Catch these five artists born in the 80s and check out their practice. They are nominees to Views competition – 2015 edition. The Views is a project supporting the development of young Polish art.

QUADRATUM NIGRUM – A SUPREMATIST MASS

Very often happens that important things or beginnings of artistic movements, changes, and dialogues start just outside our doorstep! So we would like to present very intriguing Polish emerging artists.