Monika Sosnowska arrives at Talbot Rice Gallery fresh from representing her country at the 2007 Venice Biennale.
One of the most prominent artists to emerge from Poland in recent years, Sosnowska's inclusion at Venice cements her growing international reputation. Sosnowska studied at The Academy of Fine Arts in Poznán, and the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam.
Previously, Sosnowska has presented a number of solo exhibitions, including MoMA, New York in 2006, and the Serpentine Gallery, London in 2004. Talbot Rice Gallery is proud to present this exhibition of existing and new, commisioned work that will see her working with the very fabric of the gallery to create an exciting and engaging experience for the viewer.
'It seems to me that what I do is somehow in opposition to what architecture stands for. I also think that my art is a completely different discipline, even though I focus on the same problems as architecture does: the forming of space.
Utilitarianism is architecture's fundamental attribute. Architecture organises, introduces order, reflects political and social systems. My works introduce chaos and uncertainty instead'.
The core of Sosnowska's exhibition at Talbot Rice Gallery will consist of 23 scale models that are created as a fantastical architectural proposition; these spaces with their often implausible constructions may or may not be realised in reality. Display is an ongoing work that becomes a manifesto for Sosnowska's ideas and concerns: examining the political and social conditions that influence a nation's architecture, and that can also cause its failure.
Display will occupy the main space of the gallery and acts as an introduction to Sosnowska's work.
The artist will also create a major new site specific intervention for Talbot Rice. In the upper part of the gallery, one of the models in Display is made real; a mass of rubber tentacles appear to grow from the ceiling creating a dense jungle of black rubber that the viewer must negotiate their way through like an intrepid explorer. This visceral experience is heightened by the smell of the rubber, the feel and weight of the material that envelopes the viewer and the strange feeling that one has suddenly shrunken and entered one of Sosnowska's models.