In the experience of “time” running out, there is nothing magical or unusual. It is an instant, a mundane moment — the pain of the present. In theory and practice, this applies, without exception, to each one of us. Exactly this — seemingly banal — topic inspired Kornelia Dzikowska and became the starting point of her solo exhibition at the Municipal Gallery bwa in Bydgoszcz.
With a series of digital drawings entitled Notes on the passage of time, created at the turn of 2019 and 2020, the artist introduces the viewer to a “game” full of metaphors and understatements. She encourages us to go beyond the schematic framework of interpretation and to face up to the problem of the passage of time.
The creation of Dzikowska’s works, which mutually correlate, was a process where the foundation was Pamela M. Lee’s publication Chronophobia: on time in the art of the 1960s. Concerning art, Lee, as a pioneer, applies the term “chronophobia”. In her work, the author defines the title phobia as a record of almost obsessive anxiety about time and its measure. It assumes that there is a fine line between a phobic obsession with time and an almost perverse fascination with its development .
The year 2020 enhances the experience of mundane everyday life. Positioned as a time of “great change” — considered by many as a turning point, from which we will never again be able to return to the everyday life we know. It is difficult to assess and determine what processes this change entails. However, it is certain that they will be significant and will have an undeniable impact on the area of contemporary art. This moment has become a turning point which significantly influenced the final shape of this exhibition.
Fragment of the text by Magdalena Adameczek to the catalogue accompanying the exhibition of Kornelia Dzikowska “Notes on the passage of time”
Kornelia Dzikowska — (b. 1990) is a visual artist and a PhD student at the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts. Two-time recipient of Minister of Culture and National Heritage fellowships, winner of the main prize in the Esteemed Graduates of International Academies of Fine Arts in 2018, she was a research fellow at Akademie der Bildende Künste in Stuttgart, and at Universität der Künste in Berlin . She also holds a degree from the Leon Schiller National Higher School of Film, Television and Theatre in Łódź. Author of spatial and multimedia installations, often of site-specific nature. She also designs visual space for theatre performances.. Her works have been shown at solo exhibitions at the U-Jazdowski Centre for Contemporary Art, the Zona Sztuki Aktualnej Gallery in Szczecin, or the Labirynt Gallery in Lublin, and at collective exhibitions, including the Museum of Contemporary Art in Warsaw, ArtBox Thalwil Bahnhof in Zurich and the Gdańsk City Gallery.
curator: Magdalena Adameczek
coordination: Danuta Milewska
04.06.2020 – 25.06.2020
20 Gdańska St.