Having lovingly repaired his father’s Triumph Herald Estate, Chris embarked upon a
road trip from his childhood home in Braintree in Essex to Turin, Italy, where this
quintessentially British car was designed. This is a show about that journey.
Part personal investigation his father’s time as a Polish soldier during the Italian
Campaign of WWII and part muse on our growing materialistic culture, Chris uses
slideshows, kinetic sculptures and his charismatic wit to explore the surprising
connections between communism, consumerism and classic car mechanics
Chris Dobrowolski is an Essex-based artist and maker whose practice combines
kinetic sculpture, story telling and performance. He studied Fine Art in Hull but,
when he first got there, he built a boat from driftwood to try to escape. Chris has
since made a series of fully functioning vehicles in a similar vein, including a pedal
car, a flame-throwing tank, a hovercraft and even an aeroplane. Each vehicle
has its own story attached, collated in his recent publication, Escape.
His recent work includes a solo show at & Model, Leeds, the performance lecture
Antarctica based on his role as Visiting Artist at the British Antarctic Survey, Poland
3, Iran 2 about international football in the 70’s and Vanishing Point, a series of
miniature film installations made for lamp-posts and trees. Chris is currently an
associate artist at Art Exchange, University of Essex.