Monika Zarzeczna. Recent Sculptures

12 Feb 2017 – 19 Mar 2017

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12:00 – 18:00
11:00 – 18:00
11:00 – 18:00
11:00 – 18:00
11:00 – 18:00

Lesley Heller

New York
New York, United States


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Monika Zarzeczna: Recent Sculptures presents new free-standing and wall-mounted sculptural works created from found wood, plywood, and repurposed materials.


Zarzeczna’s sculptures stem from an exploration of objects, forms and their perceived purpose, asking deeper questions regarding the intent and history of an object.

In her practice, Zarzeczna assembles and preserves collected materials, colors and found objects. Her works emanate a feeling of nostalgia and reflection along with a simultaneous sense of urban decay and nature. There is a humanness also inherent in the sculptures. By using women’s names to title her larger sculptures, Zarzeczna explores what changes in the interaction between viewer and artwork when it is titled “Annette” or “Babette” rather than “Untitled #5”. Her titles encourage the viewer to think about the relationships one can have with an object.  How artwork can function not only as a representation or exploration of form and space, but also as a manifestation of a person or being.

The pieces in this exhibition also focus on a sense of in-betweeness. They depict ideas of transition — that of an object having lost its original function due to time, damage, or the gradual process of becoming unnecessary — exploring the in-betweeness that occurs when one moves from a known situation to an unknown situation or place. Zarzeczna attempts to portray the feelings and memories stemming from misunderstandings of systems, adaptations that are required, and new ideas that come into existence from that chaos. The sculptures emit an essence of something confused, reconstructed, interpreted, and changed; and although the work is sculptural, Zarzeczna sees the pieces as drawings or constructed ideas; thinking made visible.

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Monika Zarzeczna


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