Art Space and Cultural Centre 'SomoS Art House' will display a painting and light installation created for SomoS by one of its current artist residents, Agnieszka Rowińska.
The artist will be presenting her largest-scale installation yet, and her first in the German capital: an installation involving translucent paintings, paper sculptures and site-specific lighting offering a spectacle of appearing and disappearing, moving shadows, structures, silhouettes, and hues.
Her work consists of images interweaving figuration and abstraction; whereby eerie figures of the human body are obscurely placed behind aesthetic semi-transparent painted screens. New media additionally plays a significant role to the piece, with artificial beams of light being projected through the painted panels from behind the display. The subsequent incandescence of the human figures offer a sudden hallucinogenic phantom representation to the viewer.
Another important element to the exhibition are the chosen postures of the human figures by the artist. Each pose has been extracted from prominent paintings such as “The Birth of Venus” by Botticelli to perform a further statement about the déjà-vu experience.
Agnieszka draws inspiration of her work from ideas surrounding the spiritual; such as hallucination, vision and epiphany. She aims to explore the way in which these supernatural commentaries are encountered, developed and confronted according to region, class and background.
“ I explore layers of visual representation, searching for language that would express the transcendent ideas of spirituality. I try to find a way to talk about the invisible part of reality. I want to understand why some people believe in the supernatural and how they experience these events.” - Agnieszka Rowińska
AFTERIMAGE is the product of a 3-month residency by Agnieszka Rowińska at SomoS. The result of the installation is a fresh perspective and contemporary reexamination of experiences surrounding faith, belief, ancestry and extra-sensory perceptions.