For her solo exhibition, April is the Cruelest Month, Nowak presents the viewer with delicately balanced assemblages of personal, and sparingly intimate poetics. Although there is a distinguishing lyrical tone to Nowak’s work, due to the artist’s tireless exploration of materials, the artworks also speak to the simplicity of the mundane. Not so much in the sense of the artwork being present in space, but rather presence to time. The viewer can almost detect Nowak’s process of making; a process sometimes blending subtle references from the past and transposing them upon the present.
Nowak’s recent artworks continue to challenge various senses simultaneously, continuously probing the potential of the viewers’ reflection, while expressing the very intimate world of the artist and her feelings. Thoughts are imprinted within Nowak’s visceral traces in the form of objects or images; always in the attempt to intermingle material and mental space. Nowak’s exhibition continues to test these thresholds and the parallels between the physical and immaterial. These tensions between two worlds are brought to the fore, through the overcoming of the quotidian recognition of images and objects, that is paramount in Nowak’s practice. The exhibition is less a conceptual monolith on a specific theme, but a particular space where diverse internal dialogues among individual elements meet.
The experience of the exhibition April is the Cruelest Month, is as unique, as the relation between the viewer and individual elements.
Carried out under a grant of Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland.