gosia wlodarczak : frost drawings at singapore art biennale 2011
gosia wlodarczak : frost drawings at singapore art biennale 2011 gosia wlodarczak : frost drawings at singapore art biennale 2011
mar 16, 2011

gosia wlodarczak : frost drawings at singapore art biennale 2011

‘frost drawings’ commissioned by the singapore art biennale 2011 image © designboom

polish artist gosia wlodarczak‘s performance drawings are a tightly knotted net of imagery, thickly woven webs of line. the resulting graphic chaos of partial and disjointed motifs – random bits of architecture, furniture, tools, faces… are a ‘capsule of frozen moments – a space-time membrane’ to the artist.

such a practice is very suitable for the singapore biennale, which states to focus on artistic processes. it is also appropriate for its site, the old 1930s kallang airport, singapore’ first civil airport, now in disuse. the aerodrome’s original layout permitted planes to land from any direction, while its circular glass control tower gave a panopticon view to all points of the compass.

‘frost drawings’ commissioned by the singapore art biennale 2011 image © designboom

gosia wlodarczak calls this project a ‘frost drawing’, in reference to the mandelbrot set patterns that spread over windows during sub-zero eastern european nights. this may seem a strange conceit in a climate which is never cool, much less cold. the liquid flow of visual impressions are cristallized as art, citing migrant experiences and the relentless dynamism of singapore’s society and economy.

image courtesy gosia wlodarczak

image © designboom

image © designboom

image © designboom

gosia wlodarczak was born in in 1959 poland. in australia since 1996, she lives and works in melbourne.

gosia wlodarczak portrait © designboom

— the third edition of the singapore biennale (SB2011) opened its doors to the public on march 13th and will run until may 15th, 2011.  designboom visited the shows led by artistic director matthew ngui and curators russell storer and trevor smith. the SB2011 open house program is organized by the singapore art museum (SAM) of the national heritage board and supported by the national arts council, singapore. 63 artists from 30 countries are presenting 161 works across four exhibition venues – SAM and SAM at 8Q, the national museum of singapore, old kallang airport and marina bay.

with its focus on artistic processes, the third singapore biennale marks the highest proportion of artists to date who are presenting new site-specific commissions or premieres: 34 artists or 54 % of all participating artists. it also has the strongest asian and local representation to date, with more than 40% of the artists (27 out of 63) hailing from asia and nine singaporeans artists in all.

  • congratulations Gosia, very interesting

  • wtf seriously

    astonished says:
  • Art is subjective, and line art are currently what you would call the “IN” thing. not to mention her line design are various doodles of what people would do when drawing on frosted glass as such commoners art done in transit while waiting to reach a destination or someone.

    divided says:

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