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© Joanna Borkowska RRNY, from Resonance series (2018), Oil and Pigments on Canvas, 48"x60". Courtesy of Joanna Borkowska.
Joanna Borkowska in RU Exhibition: mono no aware

Friday, November 16, 2018 - Tuesday, November 27, 2018

351 Van Brunt St, Brooklyn, NY 11231








Curated by Eric Sutphin in association with Residency Unlimited (RU) exhibit mono no aware features four artists, Oneika Russell (Jamaica), Meggy Rustamova (Belgium), Émilie Régnier (Canada) and Joanna Borkowska (Poland). Through the variety of mediums, the works presented reflect on ideas relating to a mystic nature of “being” as a philosophical category in phenomenology, and “awareness of things” based on a phrase of an eighteenth century Japanese literary scholar, Motoori Norinaga.


Joanna Borkowska is a contemporary abstract oil painter whose works explore processes reflected in nature and science, from the molecular to the cosmic, with all its forces and processes. By deploying modest painterly strategies including the splatter, the stain and the drip, Borkowska arrives at form that reads at first as a monochrome, to then reveal a tightly woven nexus of vibrant textures in paint that resemble a constellation of stars, a cluster of cells or a flock of distant birds. Borkowska is currently participating in Residency Unlimited in Brooklyn, NY. In mono no aware Borkowska showcases works which she has conceived of during the residency program, one large format painting from the Resonance series (2018), and a smaller painting from the Waves series (2018). Her selected exhibitions are a solo show, On the Edge, at the Le Guern Gallery in Warsaw, Poland and an Art Omi Artist Residency in Ghent, NY.


Eric Sutphin is a writer and painter based in New York. He received his BFA from Rutgers University: Mason Gross School of the Arts in 2007 and his MFA in Art Criticism and Writing from The School of Visual Arts in 2014. He is a monthly contributor to Art in America and has been published in Artforum, frieze, The Brooklyn Rail, and Harper’s Bazaar and more. Recent curatorial projects include Black Diamonds: Photographs by Jason Andrew for SPRING/BREAK Art Show in New York.


Residency Unlimited (RU) is a non-profit art organization that supports the creation, presentation and dissemination of contemporary art through its unique residency program and year-round public programs. The customized residencies for international and local artists and curators in New York City are focused on network support, project/production assistance, and public exposure. RU is located within the former South Congregational Church in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn.


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This program is made possible with the support from The Province of West Pomerania and The Kosciuszko Foundation, the Polish Cultural Institute New York, Davidoff Art Initiative, Flanders State of the Art, and Canada Council for the Arts.


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