Deep Water

Open studio - Exhibition in process

Place: Gdańsk City Gallery 1, Piwna Str. 27/29
Closing Day: 7th of April 2017 at 7:00 P.M.
Exhibition: 10th of March - 13th of Arpil 2017
Maria Sasin, Gabriela Warzycka-Tutak
Participants: Martyna Baranowicz, Katka Blajchert, Kinga Dobosz, Filip Kampka, Michał Laskowski, Agnieszka Piasecka, Izabela Rakowska, Patryk Różycki, Bogna Storma, Natalia Tostanovska and Students of the Studio of Spatial Activities, Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw: Tymoteusz Bryndal, Julia Dorobińska, Lena Marie Emrich, Wiktoria Frydrych, Arman Galstyan, Julia Golachowska, Barbara Gryka, Ryosuke Imamura, Monika Karczmarczyk, Kamil Kotarba, Olga Kowalska, Jagoda Kwiatkowska, Magdalena Los, Piotr Marzec, Agnieszka Mastalerz, Renata Motyka, Antonina Nowacka, Laura Ociepa, Stav Porges, Maria Rutkowska, Anna Shimomura, Jana Shostak, Michał Szaranowicz, Bożena Wydrowska, Weronika Wysocka.

Deep Water is an artistic-educational project devised for Academy of Fine Arts students and young artists who are currently entering the so-called artistic milieu. The participants will work together to create an exhibition. An open studio will be accompanied by meetings, workshops and lectures. These events will focus on questions of interest to the project participants, such as operating in the artistic circles, artist fees, collaboration with galleries, production of works and exhibitions, promoting one’s own work, as well as the pursuit of preserving one’s individuality within the machinery of cultural production.

Between 10th March and 7th April, GGM1 in ul. Piwna will become an open studio, a venue for meetings and exchanging experiences. Feel cordially invited to visit a constantly changing exhibition-in-process during the gallery’s regular opening hours.
Cycle of workshops and meetings:

15th March, Wednesday – workshop with Gregor Różański: Make Anything Something Again
Let’s talk about art under the pressure of the market and politics, about the crisis of thinking about the future, about the artists’ suspension between techno-enthusiasm and techno-pessimism as well as other latest global problems and challenges.

Gregor Różański (b. 1988)
Multimedia artist. His activities explore contemporary phenomena related to life and art in a hybrid and precarious reality through such forms as installations, conceptual projects, the Internet, video and found objects. Różański studies visual arts and sculpture at Kunsthochschule Weissensee in Berlin. His works have been presented at individual exhibitions at the Centre for Contemporary Art in Warsaw (2015), Zona Current Art Gallery in Szczecin (2015), Wrocław Contemporary Museum (2012), O'Artoteca Project Space in Milan (2010) and Para_Site Gallery in Graz (2009), among other venues, as well as at group exhibitions: “Money to Burn” at Zachęta National Gallery of Art in Warsaw (2016), “All the Time at Work” at BWA Tarnów (2016), “Private Settings. Art after the Internet” at the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw (2014), "Is It Art Or Is It Just" at BWA Zielona Góra (2014) and Het Plafond in Rotterdamie (2013), “That Something on the Horizon – Architecture of the 21st Century” at the National Library in Warsaw (2011), “Material Conversion” at Grimmuseum in Berlin (2011), “Agency for Unrealized Projects” during Art Basel 2011, Vienna Biennale in Vienna (2010) and “Subversive Messe” within the European Capital of Culture in Linz (2009), among other shows.

21st March, Tuesday – meeting with Julita Wójcik: Artist’s ABC – Contracts
What to pay attention to when signing contracts offered to artists by institutions and organisations that carry out artistic projects.

Julita Wójcik (b. 1971)
Lives and works in Gdańsk. Graduate of the Faculty of Sculpture of the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdańsk, where she received a diploma from the studio of Prof. Franciszek Duszeńko. Honoured with the “Passport” Award of Polityka weekly (2012) and Royal Scottish Academy Award (2013). Holder of multiple scholarships of the Minister of Culture (1995/6, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007) and the Foundation for Culture (2001), City of Gdańsk (2002), Marshal of the Pomeranian Voivodeship (2003). Artist in residence of Art in General in New York (2006) and Visegrad Fund (2010), among other residencies. Her works have been presented at numerous exhibitions in Poland and abroad.
23rd March, Thursday – meeting with Agnieszka Rayzacher (lokal_30): Best Wishes

Agnieszka Rayzacher
Art curator and critic. Runs lokal_30 gallery in Warsaw since 2005. For several years Rayzacher has also pursued publishing activity as an editor and co-editor of books devoted to Natalia LL, Ewa Zarzycka, Zuzanna Janin, Ewa Juszkiewicz, among other artists.

5th April – 7th April – Students of the Studio of Spatial Activities / Prof. Mirosław Bałka and Zuza Golińska (MA).

The participants of Deep Water will engage in a mutual exchange of gathered experience in the social and artistic field. They will establish an open dialogue, which will allow them to recognise the potential of group work and conversation with peers, without an academic hierarchy. During the three days of meetings, they will jointly choose a form of activity that will be presented during the project finissage on 7th April at GGM1.

Studio of Spatial Activities
The Studio was created at the Faculty of Multimedia Communication at the Academy of Fine Arts in Poznań as a result of the transformation of the Studio of Sculpture Transplantation of the Faculty of Artistic Education, which was formed from the Studio of Open Sculpture, established by Mirosław Bałka in 2003. It has operated since 2011 at the Faculty of Media Art at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. The task of the Studio of Spatial Activities is to attempt to recognise and creatively shape the spaces in which we move and act. Its activities go beyond the Academy and focus on social and political problems. Students explore their cultural sensitivity, while looking for their own artistic identity. By defining their places and exchanging views with representatives of other places, students delineate their own spheres of communication.

Prof. Mirosław Bałka (b. 1958)
Received a diploma from the studio of Prof. Jan Kucz at the Faculty of Sculpture of the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw in 1985. Bałka works with sculpture, drawing and video in space. Participant in major exhibitions such as Documenta in Kassel (1992), Venice Biennial (1990, 1993, 2003, 2005, 2013),The Carnegie Intl. in Pittsburgh (1995), Sao Paulo Biennial (1998), Biennale of Sydney (1992, 2006), Santa Fe Biennial (2006). In 2009, the artist created the project “How It Is” at the Turbine Hall, Tate Modern in London. Author of the monument to the victims of the “Estonia” ferry disaster in Stockholm. His works belong to the collections of major museums in Poland and worldwide. Runs the Studio of Spatial Activities at the Faculty of Media Art at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. Head of the Media Art Department. Member of Akademie Der Kunste in Berlin.

Assistant Professor Zuza Golińska (b. 1990)
Graduate of the Studio of Painting Space of Leon Tarasewicz and Paweł Susid at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw (2013). In 2015, received her MFA diploma from the Studio of Spatial Activities of Mirosław Bałka. Her theoretical dissertation was supervised by Anda Rottenberg. Her installation titled “Run-Up” was presented at the “Dom Słowa Polskiego” Printing House and at Heiligenkreuzerhof in Vienna and Národní galerie in Prague. In 2014, shortlisted for the Hestia Artistic Journey Award and awarded the first prize of the Gdańsk Biennial of Art. Participant in many group shows, such as the Polish-Swedish project “S-NOW” during the inauguration of the European Capital of Culture in Umeå as well as the four-week cycle of exhibitions “No Yawning” ​#1 #2 #3 at the Nowy Teatr in Warsaw. Holder of a scholarship awarded for achievements by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education (2014). In 2015, nominated to the European award for young artists StartPoint Prize. In 2016, holder of a scholarship of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. Lives and works in Warsaw.