After climbing to the top floor of Karlin Studios, where one can find Agnieszka Grodzińska’s studio, it’s better not to rest on the inviting metal chair- it might hurt. And what is more it will create cross-shaped galls on your buttocks and thighs. Anyway, in classrooms you do not sit down without permission and the atelier of this Polish artists undoubtedly resembles this well-known place. She turned her interests in topics like science, art education, discipline and examining relations between the trainer and the trained into an artistic staging of her studio which is composed of her interdisciplinary installations.
Agnieszka Grodzińska was born in 1984. She lives and works in Poznań, Poland. In 2009 she graduated from both the Painting Faculty and Artistic Education Faculty (specialization: Art Criticism and Promotion) at the Academy of Fine Arts in Poznan. In 2014 she got a PhD in painting at the University of Arts in Poznań. Currently teaches at the Academy of Art in Szczecin and at the Poznan University of Medical Sciences. In 2009 she was a holder of a scholarship in the “Young Poland” program, which was funded by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage and in 2011 she obtained another scholarship from the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. Working with painting, collages and installations, Agnieszka Grodzińska had numerous solo and group exhibitions.
Open space presents the artist as a kind of visual anthropologist. Grodzińska works with photographs found in antique shops in Prague, creates installations inspired by the form of objects located nearby and shoots films in which she makes use of the particular character of Czech institutions which are related to formation. The artist values randomness and allows it to play an important role in the process of creating her works. Her photos and video recordings of a psychiatric hospital in Bohnice, Vitkov Museum and Academy of Fine Arts turned out to be especially important in the context of this exhibition. These places, used as starting point of vital yet very intimate works, have been inscribed into the space of artist’s own studio-classroom. Mixed up with many other elements they go beyond their original meaning and give new senses to other objects and relations. The exhibition also takes up the topic of shaping one’s taste and the privilege which accompanies this process. Learning what art is and the whole art education system are basically elitist, usually isolated from the reality. But the artist’s works derive from specific places- the reality is an important reference point for her. What is local becomes universal. Grodzińska makes a critical shift in a very delicate way. Uses her own artistic language and goes beyond the foucaultian examination of the relation between power and knowledge, although the spirit of the French thinker is present in her works. She also returns to the most pleasant aspects of going to school. Just like naughty students, the artists seems to play with the convention through her works- in the aquarium one might find baby finger carrots, underneath a board in the floor hides a female Pinokio while blown gloves hanging under the ceiling show us that “one hand can’t clap”.
The artistic interventions done by Grodzińska in her studio are an act which Gayatri Spivak calls negotiating the boundaries of violence. By distancing from them the artists makes those boundaries only a conventional phenomenon. Her works in the studio become a visual sabotage of main intellectual trends present in science and arts. In Open studio the rationalism of the scientific process crashes with the irrationality of art: on the clean, white floorboards of the studio one might notice a small, stained fragment which turns out to be a trapdoor.
Agnieszka Grodzinska is resident at A.I.R. FUTURA from July till the end of September 2016 with the support of Visegrad Artist Residency Program – Visual and Sound Arts.(here add please link to http://visegradfund.org/)