Magda Kirk: CLOSER August 3rd – August 29th 2023 GR gallery 255 Bowery New York, NY, 10002
GR gallery is pleased to announce the first solo exhibition of Magda Kirk with the gallery and in the U.S. after various collaborations in the past years. Titled “CLOSER”, this show will present a series with an intense focus on the artist’s characters self discovering – experimenting with layers of visual obstruction she manages to go deeper into her protagonists psyche – and understanding how their body as a vessel moves through the world.
This exhibition will introduce to the public ten large size artworks on canvas and a wall painting. This new body of work, exemplarily executed with the artist airbrush signature technique, offers a fresh twist on Magda’s traditional vision, showing this partially formed, beheaded nude and buff bodies covered in tattoos, enhanced with fluorescent, blurry, cotton candy-like nuances, engaged in empowering yet ironic activities.
Magda Kirk graduated cum laude from the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdańsk, Poland in 2015. During her graduation, her work stood out in academic circles, receiving many positive reviews. Shortly after graduating, Magdalena decided to leave academic style, matter and concepts behind: the traditional outlook and style hindered her development. Kirklewska has taken the time to reinvent herself both personally and artistically through extensive travels throughout Europe. During these travels, her ideas about art, expression and the world around her became increasingly clear.
Like the anonymous torsos of classical antiquity, Kirklewska shows her subjects without heads or recognizable individual features: in fact, they are anonymous portraits. An attempt has been made to capture the character through a different way of communication than the often well-readable facial expression. The artist does not want to be too literal in her presentation, so that a beautiful boundary between real and unreal remains. Her painting revolves around the theme of body image. She creates subjective impressions of ordinary, contemporary people who struggle with their identity, self-esteem, and self-expression. “I often get surprised by bodies. I think it’s a weird experience to have a body”, Kirk said about her work. In the past few years she extensively exhibited in solo and group shows all around Asia, Europe and U.S.
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