PRESS RELEASE - ANNABELLE HYVRIER | VIOLENT FANTASIES - JAROSŁAW
Annabelle Hyvrier | Violent Fantasies
Jarosław Kozłowski | Covering
24.03.2017 - 07.05.2017
Roberto Polo Gallery is pleased to present two solo exhibitions: Annabelle Hyvrier | Violent Fantasies and Jarosław Kozłowski | Covering from March 24th, 2017 to May 7th, 2017.
Annabelle Hyvrier (Lyon, France, 1971) is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of Belgium in Brussels, where she lives and works since 1989.
Hyvrier's exhibition comprises fifteen sculptures in wood, iron, bronze, wallpaper, painted and unpainted glass beads created between 2012 and 2017. Her work addresses essential aspects in the language of sculpture, such as relationships between hollow and replete spaces, covered and uncovered surfaces, meaning and its absence. Hyvrier deliberately confuses the significance of signs, symbols, and archetypes to cover the tracks and lead us into her world. For example, she transforms a cross into a human body, and analogously, pushes form until it attains meaning.
Hyvrier has exhibited regularly in galleries and museums in Belgium, as well as abroad. Her sculpture is in important private and corporate collections, such as over twenty at Econocom in Belgium and France.
Jarosław Kozłowski (Śrem, Poland, 1945) is a graduate of the State Graduate School of Fine Arts in Poznań, Poland, where he teaches since 1967, and served as President from 1981 to 1987. In 1979, he held fellowships at the British Council in London, and at DAAD (Berlin Artists-in-Residence Programme) from 1984 to 1985. Renowned pedagogue, Kozłowski also taught at the Kunstakademie in Oslo, Norway, from 1992 to 1997, and at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunste in Amsterdam from 1996 to 2004. He was one of the first conceptualists in the world. Kozłowski's first conceptual works date to 1967
Kozłowski's exhibition comprises 58 works: one composed of three alarm clocks with drawn-over faces, and titled Cover Your Memory, as well as six series in graphite, pastel, and watercolour on paper. These series are titled Cover Your Face, Cover Your Wall, Cover Your Shame, Drawing Fact, Curtains, and Recycled News. They turn around two major concepts in Kozłowski's œuvre: context and time.
Kozłowski was the first artist in history to introduce the concept of time as the subject of the work. For example, to create his Drawing Fact series, he practices the same physical gesture with graphite, charcoal, or pastel on paper for a pre-determined period of time. The finished drawings reveal the undulations caused by the degree of pressure exercised by the artist's hand on the pictorial surfaces, which finally remain documents of time. Three ticking alarm clocks with drawn-over faces tell us that time flies unseen, and refer to the past, present, and future.
The contextual aspect of Kozłowski's work is never direct. On the contrary, it is discreet and often hidden, inviting the viewer to empathise, and to take an extended look. Kozłowski's art is not for rapid consumption. It is slow art. For example, in his Recycled News series, he masks the information, thus implying that we cannot know what is true and what is false.
Kozłowski has participated in literally hundreds of major international exhibitions, such as Europa, Europa. Das Jahrhundert der Avantgarde in Mittel-und Osteuropa, Bonn (1994); Peace Biennale, Hamburg (1985); Orientation, 4th International Istanbul Biennial (1995); X Biennale de Paris (1977); How to Live Together?, 27th Bienal de São Paulo (2006); The Readymade Boomerang, 8th Biennale of Sydney (1990); and Personal Structures-Crossing Borders, 56th Biennale di Venezia (2015). He has exhibited regularly in galleries and museums in Poland and abroad, such as at the Muzeum Sztuki Łódź (1994), Musees for Samtidskunst in Oslo (1995), and the MOCAK in Cracow (2016). Kozłowski's work is in important private, corporate, and institutional collections, such as the National Museum in Warsaw, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and MoMA in New York,
Annabelle Hyvrier's and Jarosław Kozłowski's work is represented by Roberto Polo Gallery, Brussels.