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Vienna: Kokosiński

January 21, 2016 - April 9, 2016

Kokosiński’s works oscillate between painting and object. Particularly his series „Paintings devouring Reality“ which was central in his last solo exhibition in our gallery, embodies this hybridity: diverse everyday objects often combined thematically, which are devoured, disguised or even protected by the canvas.
In his new works Kokosiński focusses more on the parameters of painting – canvas, stretchers, color, volume, composition and especially surface. He collects, investigates, combines and composes the individual elements to create a work, which sometimes can look like a failed or flawed piece. Even through this deliberate conjunction of dysfunctional fragments, a new aesthetic entity builds. Materiality – partly as constructing element in the foreground, partly covered by color or varnish similar as a veil – plays a central role. Kokosiński collects the materials, everyday objects and fragments he is using during his wanderings through Warsaw and other cities of Poland. For him they are a portrayal of his surroundings which often include features of discrepancy, breaks, cracks, chaos, kitsch and a certain kind of distorted beauty, the artist states. The processes from his wanderings until the final work like noticing, roaming around, collecting, reflecting, combining, alienating and creating, retrace in his works. Bartosz Kokosiński integrates deliberately a certain dysfunctionality in his abstract works and by doing so, he evolves his characteristic visual language which can only exist by assimilating fragments, breaks, negations or ostensible incompleteness.


January 21, 2016
April 9, 2016
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Knoll Gallery Vienna
Gumpendorfer Straße 18
Vienna, 1060
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