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Agnieszka Kalinowska, untitled, 2003

AGNIESZKA KALINOWSKA, born in Warsaw in 1971, is one of the most versatile, prolific, and original artists of the younger generation. She graduated in 1998 from the Painting Department of the Academy of Fine Arts in Poznan, Poland. She paints, makes inflatable objects from synthetics, and makes videos, installations, and sculptures from atypical materials (like rubber bands, confetti, paper streamers). She has already been shown widely in group shows throughout Europe, and was selected for a residency at Civitella Rainieri Center, Italy. Her one-person shows include Summer Solstice at the Manhattan Gallery, Lodz (2002), and Just a Little Bit More at the Center for Contemporary Art, Warsaw (2002). The latter, a haunting environment of hanging streamers that suggests the aftermath of a New Year's Eve party and only gradually reveals, in clumps of streamers on the floor, what looks like expiring party-goers, was presented in a major exhibition of Polish women artists called Architectures of Gender at the SculptureCenter in New York in 2003. "Curled into fetal positions or slouched against the wall, Kalinowska's figures, shaped like Louise Bourgeois's recent rag doll sculptures, might be sleeping or they might be dead, but they are undeniably beautiful in their vulnerable material and spiritual state." - Megan Heuer, "Architectures of Gender: Contemporary Women's Art in Poland", The Brooklyn Rail, June-July 2003. In February 2004 she showed video installations under the title Personal Doping at the Arizona State University Art Museum in Tempe in her first solo exhibition in the United States. In May 2004 she had a solo exhibition at the National Art Gallery Zacheta in Warsaw, and two of her videos were presented in Brooklyn EUphoria's collage of European video art, curated by Alun Williams of Parker's Box Gallery.

Agnieszka Kalinowska writes:

"All my projects essentially consist of observing human behavior in extreme situations. I try to freeze very short moments of extreme physical and mental tension. Decisions made under such a pressure have strategic impact not only on our nearest future but also might influence our whole lives. Under pressure we expand our self-consciousness and therefore intensify the next choices we make in our lives. That's why, during those short moments, we are able to mobilize our whole potential and let go of an energy we never dreamed we might possess."

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