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MAGDALENA KARPINSKA /  THE CORMORANTS ISLAND

25.09 – 30.09.2016
Starter Gallery, Andersa 13

The title of the latest exhibition by Magdalena Karpińska, The Cormorants Island, refers to the ornithological album from the 1950s*. This time, the approach of Karpińska-painter is similar to that of a traveller-researcher, observer-biologist, or anatomist. The artist explores the arrangements of forms in the surrounding nature, their references, and mutual relations. She casts doubt on the truth of the painting’s representation of nature, breaking down the image into prime factors, returning to the basic forms of wheels and lines.

Karpińska also focuses on artificiality. Inspired by imitation marble painted on wood, or by a paper flower, she reflects on the relativity of representation. She asks rudimentary questions – what is artificial and what is real? Above all, she approaches her observations with a fascination and passion. She notes and appreciates the role and the beauty of chance in the work process. In her search to answer nagging questions, Karpińska-researcher goes back to the Renaissance, its characteristic motifs and symbols. In exploring other areas of relevant disciplines, Magdalena Karpińska continues to work on the production as a visual rebus, moving smoothly between the realism dictated by the observation of nature, and its deconstruction that leads to abstraction.

* “The Cormorants Island” Włodzimierz Puchalski, Nasz Księgarnia, Warsaw, 1957

photo documentation: Przemysław Nieciecki / PION