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Beauty in Transience
September 30, 2011   
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The exhibition Extinguished Neon Signs by Agnieszka Kalinowska now showing at the BWA gallery in Warsaw explores the aesthetic phenomenon of the beautiful in the putatively ugly. Extinguished Neon Signs is essentially an exhibition dedicated to the forgotten, the discarded and the unnoticed; an exhibition of the signs of an erstwhile prosperity of which barely a vestige remains.

Kalinowska employs the simple materials and techniques associated with folk art and handicrafts to create fascinating clusters and contrasts. Here, she has put together openwork constructions and sculptures made of interwoven pieces of paper string, papier-maché and brittle straws. What comes through is not just the short shelf life of the materials used but the fleetingness and mutability of the concepts they are meant to convey. These objects deny us a rock of stability, and in doing so, tell us something about those of us whose social status is unsteady and fugacious.

Kalinowska is one of Poland’s best known artists internationally. Her works have been exhibited in such prestigious galleries as the Museum of Modern Art (MUMOK) in Vienna and the book Rising! Young Artists to Keep an Eye On!, recently published by Germany’s Daab Books, describes her as a rising star on the international art scene. Extinguished Neon Signs is Kalinowska’s first solo exhibition in three years.

M.R.

Until Oct. 30
BWA Warsaw, 16/3 Jakubowska St., Open: Thu.-Sun. 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.
For more information go to www.bwawarszawa.pl
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