Pre-Lock-Up Stage

Place: Gdańsk City Gallery 1, Piwna street 27/29
Openning: 28st of April, 7:30 P.M.
Exhibion: 28st of April - 9th of July 2017
Artists: Daniel Cybulski, Radosław Deruba, Emilia Kina, Filip Rybkowski, Robert Seikon, Michał Sroka
Curators: Gabriela Warzycka-Tutak, Aleksander Celusta

There’ll be a new spark between us,
We’ll find brilliance and charm,
We’ll finish the sad shopping,
Of artificial mall happiness,
And it’ll be like it used to be,
Let us stop rushing,
Let us start all over again,
From these small things.
Sylwia Grzeszczak, Small Things (2011)

In the autumn of 1985, Moderna Museet in Stockholm hosted the exhibition Dialogue. The participants included eight Polish artists affiliated with the milieu of the Foksal Gallery. Since the formula of the show was based on the eponymous dialogue, each of the artists was given a chance to invite another artist from abroad. Thus, the show featured: Henryk Stażewski – Daniel Buren, Edward Krasiński – Lars Englund, Maria Stangret – Christian Boltanski, Zbigniew Gostomski – Barry Flanagan, Lesław and Wacław Janicki – Gilbert & George, Tomasz Tatarczyk – Susan Rothenberg, Leon Tarasewicz – Ian McKeeyer. As a matter of fact, the artists invited to participate in the exhibition never met. Therefore, the form of the dialogue became merely a harbinger and an impression, and the exhibition itself – a collage of thoughts and content as well as a kind of simulation of getting to know each other. On the other hand, it adopted the role of the creator of dialectical thought, which resonates through multidimensional investigations, granting prominence to experience. Dialogue posed a question about the form and sense of creating this type of activities.

In the end of September 2013, the TV station Polsat broadcasts the first episode of the show Our New House. It is based on the trusted American productions of the same sort. The families selected to participate live in dreadful conditions, and their financial status is very low. Under the vigilant eye of the camera, specialists exchange ideas, racing against the clock and adversities. The crew of the show, headed by Katarzyna Dowbor, achieves what appears to be an impossible goal and renovates the house of a selected family within five days, thus giving its members an ersatz of luxury and stability. The family members become actors who are left alone in their “new reality” after “the last clap” that announces the end of shooting. Illuminated by the glow of the cameras and celebrities, they are supposed to start a better life with a sense of their own uniqueness.

These two stories provide a kind of parallel for the activities undertaken by the artists and curators of the exhibition Pre-Lock-Up Stage. It is the second exhibition within the project North – South, whose goal consists in confronting artists from two opposite ends of Poland. Thus, the question of dialogue indeed becomes relevant.

The evoked television show with Katarzyna Dowbor resembles the activity undertaken by the creators of the project. Having exactly five days to go, the technical crew headed by Gabriela Warzycka-Tutak and Aleksander Celusta embarked on installing the show. Deprived of its traditional exhibition function, the gallery interior is reduced here primarily to the painterly role and rank, it becomes a base on which the wall becomes the carrier of content. The narrative of the exhibition develops in a constant relation with the invited artists. The installation stage becomes an experience, an attempt to unify architecture, sculpture and painting, thus blurring the border between art and life. The aim of this stage is to create a common “world” of the artist and the viewer.

Daniel Cybulski
Born in 1980 in Gdynia. In 2013, Cybulski received his diploma in painting from the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdańsk, studio of Prof. Jerzy Ostrogórski. In 2012, studied at the Hochschulle für Künste Bremen. Finalist of many competitions, shortlisted for the “Award of the Mayor of Gdańsk for Young Creators of Culture 2014.” Awarded the Special Prize in the competition “Hestia Artistic Journey 2012” and the Award of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage in the competition “The Best Diplomas 2013.” In 2014, awarded the Grand Prix in the competition “Promotions 2014”, and in 2016 – honoured with the award funded by Closs-Polska in the 2th edition of the Geppert Competition. Currently, 3rd year PhD candidate at the Inter-faculty Doctoral Studies of the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdańsk. His works have been exhibited at the Arsenal Gallery in Poznań, MD-s gallery in Wrocław, Gdańsk City Gallery, Palace of Arta in Cracow, as well as abroad: at the HDLU in Zagreb and the Lviv Art Palace, among other venues. His works belong to the collections of the National Museum in Gdańsk, Art Gallery in Legnica and the Hestia Foundation. Lives and works in Sopot.

Radosław Deruba
Born in 1987 in Chojnice. Visual performer, creator of generative visualisations. His works have been presented at many concerts and individual exhibitions worldwide: at Centro Nacional de las Artes in Mexico City, Zachęta National Gallery of Art in Warsaw, State Art Gallery in Sopot, Brancaleone in Rome, Audioriver Festival, Tauron Festival, Interference Festival, Royal Castle in Warsaw, CETA in Wrocław, Circle of Light in Moscow, Centres for Contemporary Art in Gdańsk, Toruń and Warsaw, Loophole in Berlin, among other venues. Honoured with the Grand Prix of the Videozone Festival in 2015 for the best visualisations. Coordinator of the International VJ Battle at the Interference Festival. Runs workshops in the field of animation and visualisation. Co-creator of the audiovisual INFER collective.

Emilia Kina
Born in 1990 in Cracow. Between 2010 and 2015, studied at the Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts in Cracow. Works mainly with painting and photography. Her works are based on theoretical reflection and often bear reference to historic painting. Her use of the motif of painting-curtain marks a powerful reference to the concept of painting understood as the Renaissance window onto the world. The motif of opening is replaced with a painting, which veils its own self, as it were, manifesting its physicality at the same time. The artist is interested in the materiality of painting and simple form that originates from complex issues.

Filip Rybkowski
Born in 1991 in Szczecin. Between 2010 and 2015, studied at the Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts in Cracow. His creative practice combines different media, such as painting, photography and video. He creates artistic objects and installations. Rybkowski operates with strong references to art history, the temporality of the work and its uniqueness. At the same time, he addresses the question of historic artefact. The key place in his theoretical reflection is occupied by the image and its appropriate medium that functions as its carrier. In his latest projects, history acquires a visual character that is conditioned by the image itself.

Robert Seikon
Born in 1987 in Gdynia. Graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdańsk. The artist specialises in creating unique abstract compositions, which rely on flat colour surfaces and precisely developed geometrical forms in order to establish a dialogue with the place-architecture, landscape or cityscape. Visual works correspond with the surroundings, sometimes blending with it, and often generating contrasts that brim with tension. For several years, the artist has been traveling around the world, creating his works also in rural communities and vacant buildings. His painting could not exist without architecture, it is not a carrier of content, but it reminds us that form, rhythm and colour have the power to affect our psyche akin to music. Seikon creates paintings, sculptures, installations and murals.

Michał Sroka
Born in 1984 in Rzeszow. Lives and works in Cracow. Studied at the Faculty of Painting of the Academy of Fine Arts in Cracow. He previously graduated from the Faculty of Architecture of the Cracow University of Technology. Assistant at the Painting Studio of Prof. Andrzej Bednarczyk. His main field of interests embraces paintings, drawing, object and photography. Participant in several dozen exhibitions, many competitions, workshops as well as assistant in the organisation of exhibitions, conferences and film screenings. Works with painting, drawing, wall painting, workshop graphic art, photography and design. Collaborator of the Ethnographic Museum in Cracow and the University of Applied Arts in Vienna.

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