Mental Geography- new series of drawings

The recent project is spinning around encapsulation and mapping. The series is called Mental geography.

This is the result of my ongoing investigation of drawing with line both on paper and in ‘performative’, physical space. 

Beata Kozlowska, Coordination of planes, gel pen and gauche on paper,
30×42 cm, Studio Voltaire, 2015

Beata Kozlowska, Mental geography ,gel pen and gauche on paper,
40×45 cm,  Studio Voltaire, 2015

Beata Kozlowska, key to heaven, gel pen and gauche on paper,
 Studio Voltaire, 2015
The process of drawing, combined with a painterly technique, is a stepping stone towards discovering a new path of searching for New Syntax. Spiritual / meditative approach to the creation activity is led by  
 improvisation and higher level of play…overlapping, encapsulating, contouring, mapping…

Beata Kozlowska, Alpha rotation, gel pen and gauche on paper,
45x40cm, Studio Voltaire, 2015

Beata Kozlowska, Triple geo  universe, gel pen and gauche on paper,
              40x44cm, Studio Voltaire, 2015

Beata Kozlowska, Zen orbit, gel pen and gauche on paper,
                             38x45cm, Studio Voltaire, 2015

Beata Kozlowska, Alpha geography, gel pen and gauche on paper,
  40x46cm, Studio Voltaire, 2015

Live Performative drawing special event for ‘Death and Transition’ show – the Crypt of St. John’s Church in Waterloo, London

Last Saturday I created my art performance in Mosaics Gallery, Crypt of St. John’s Church in Waterloo along with two other performers: The Rye poets and duo folk musicians.
The performance for the special event of the group show of ‘ Death and Transition’  was the first experimental performative drawing- Ariadne saw 2 -homage to Blake accompanied by the Symphony 3 of Sorrowful Sounds by Henryk M. Gorecki.

Transition is more interpreted as a metaphor of abandoning the existing structures and moving, following Aridne’s thread towards the NEW.

The performative piece for the show is inspired also by William Blake interpretation of Ariadne in Dante’s Inferno, as a territory of transcendence from materialistic to the spiritual, therefore, abstract dimension.

Beata Kozlowska, Ariandne saw 2- homage to Blake, art perfomance,duration 25mins,  photo documention,  
 courtesy of the artist and Melissa Budasz,  April, 2015
The elements in the performance have several dimensions as the transition in wider meaning.
Some of the elements are recurrent in my practice and bring self referential aspect to the performance.

The role of  the spread white wallpaper on the floor is to invite the audience to perceive the space as quasi ritual or even a game. The white path- transitory space, connects the ritual of transition with the act of drawing itself, initiated by marking the space with red, suspended wool. The Red lines of the wool are also metaphors for the drawing in space, outer dimension.

Beata Kozlowska, Ariandne saw 2- homage to Blake, art perfomance, duration 25mins, 
photo documention,  
courtesy of the artist and Melissa Budasz, April, 2015

After the initial ritual of physical transition to the inner space, I enter the meditative performative drawing, dictated by the gestural, non subjective approach. 
The drawing correlates with the tone and the pace of solemn Symphony 3 by Henryk M. Gorecki.

Beata Kozlowska, Ariandne saw 2- homage to Blake, art perfomance,duration 25mins,  
photo documention,   courtesy of the artist and Melissa Budasz,  April, 2015

Beata Kozlowska, Ariandne saw 2- homage to Blake, art perfomance,
 photo documention, duration 25mins, courtesy of the artist,  April, 2015
Beata Kozlowska, in front of the Ariandne saw 2- homage to Blake,
post art perfomance, photo documention, courtesy of the artist,  April, 2015

Private View ID- A Fictional Journey into The Psyche 10 April / open to the Public- 14th -30th April

I am delighted to invite you to the Private View of the exciting group show at the Display Gallery (based in Holborn, central London), where I am also showing my digital prints on aluminium inspired recently by search for unknown language, subliminal reality…

The exhibited work is a response to the ongoing investigation of the NEW Syntax,  playfully connecting ‘Fictional’ installation based elements with architectonic features, photographed from a tourist’s perspective. The desire to merge disparate ‘dimensions’ is dictated by unconscious urge for questioning the perception of the NOW.

Display Gallery – more details

 Press Release:
‘Chrom-Art’s curator Kris Cieslak has created an exhibition that aims to be a foray into, and a celebration of, the fascinating apparatus that is the human mind. The title of the show references the division of psyche according to Sigmund Freud where ID is the tumultuous, innate part of the personality that contains all human’s basic, instinctual drives.
Unified by a common interest in the human being (their lives, their stories, and their interior journeys) the selected artists have produced a diverse body of work panning collage, painting, digital illustration, and sculpture that seeks to reveal the major influence of the Id over the Ego, their constant battle and the ultimate dominance of the first over the latter.’

Beata Kozlowska, Higher Order-Sistin# , unique digital print on
aluminium, ed. 1/10, 30x45cm,  2015

Beata Kozlowska, Ariadne saw-composition with strings
unique digital print  on aluminium, ed. 1/10, 30x45cm, 2015

Final days of the art residency at the Conway Hall

On the 28th of February, I will be a completing a very fruitful and exciting chapter in collaboration with South London Women Artists on the Arts Council supported Art residency, Finders, Keepers, Losers, Weepers.

 The SLWA art residency at the Conway Hall actually also prompted me to extend my current practice, ranging from abstract drawing, installation and photography, to the time based medium- performance and ultimately video (as a documentation). The installation, I created for the Conway Hall, called Con-tain map- Ariadne saw, was inspired loosely by the Mythical Ariadne, who supplied her beloved Theseus, with a string as an aid to find the way back from the Labyrinth. I was using red string and black, transparent fabric and also element of artificial light, which created the shadows in coexistence with drawing on wallpaper, laid along the staircase within the site chosen for the work.

Beata Kozlowska, Con-tain Map- Ariadne saw, Site specific installation,details,mixed media,

Conway Hall, London, 2015.

Beata Kozlowska, Con-tain Map- Ariadne saw, Site specific installation,detail, mixed media,

Conway Hall, London, 2015.

Beata Kozlowska, Con-tain Map- Ariadne saw, Site specific installation,detail, mixed media

Conway Hall, London, 2015.

Beata Kozlowska, Con-tain Map- Ariadne saw, Site specific installation,details,mixed media,

Conway Hall, London, 2015.

 It has been an exhilarating and spontaneous process of adjusting to the specificity of the interiors. The string is the possibility to go beyond the existing frame of mind or mental image – which, through the act of intuitive drawing in Space, (here string is also a metaphor for a drawn line) can provide the border for transition/ transformation and restructuring. The architectural elements like folded paper suspended on strings, randomly spread across the site, are corresponding with the idea of never-ceasing and unstable manner of forming the new Syntax.

Beata Kozlowska, Threading- preliminary,installation detail, 2014

Beata Kozlowska, Threading- preliminary,installation detail, 2014

‘Hidden Narratives Dangerous Erasions’ at The Albany- Collaborative Drawing Project

I am delighted to invite you to the SLWA artistic collaborative event.
‘Hidden Narratives and Dangerous Erasions is a large scale live drawing by The Why Front that promotes a better understanding of the role of women artists throughout history.
Hidden Narratives and Dangerous Erasions visually presents a different art history that assumes a non-hierarchical non-perspectival survey to represent women connected to and operating at time of influence. The 130 member artists of The Why Front (South London Women Aritsts) have been invited to contribute found imagery in from which selected and collated images will be collaged together digitally to form the underlying structure of the drawing. Member Artists will then come and draw the collage live over the course of Deptford X.’

Please note:
The exhibition will be open: 26, 27, 28 September, and 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 October 12-6pm (live drawing).
Private view will be on Sun 5 Oct, 3-6pm at The Albany

more information

Beata Kozlowska, Con-tain map, detail, 2014

Conway Hall Art Residency with ‘SLWA – ‘Finders Keepers Losers Weepers‏’

I am delighted to announce that  I am  participating in the group project, an Arts Council England funded residency, art trail and Symposium commences in November 2014 at Conway Hall in Holborn, London. This South London Women Artists residency takes the archaeology of mind and memory as a starting point for a new collaborative work – a series of interventions that enquire into possession and loss and how we archive and process the metaphysical in material culture. A full programme of events lists the art-trail over 3 floors, educational workshops and academic guest speakers at the Symposium.

Curated by
Jackie Brown, Melissa Budasz, Moira Jarvis, Laura Moreton-Griffiths, Chrissy Thirlaway

Participating artists
Beata Kozlowska, Bula Chakravarty Agbo, Carol Misch, Caroline Underwood, Chantal Gillingham, Chrissy Thirlaway, Christine Landreth, Edori Fertig, Eithne Twomey, Gillian Best Powell, Gin Dunscombe, Jackie Brown, Jane Higginbottom, Jasmine Pradissitto, Jennie Merrell, Julie Bennett, Karin Dahlbacha, Kate Bowe, Kim Thornton, Laura Moreton-Griffiths, Leonie Cronin, Lisa Brown, Liz Atkin, Liz Charsley-Jory, Lucy Soni, Maria Beddoes, Marnie Pitts, Melissa Budasz, Moira Jarvis, Paola Minekov, Pat Keay, Pia Randall-Goddard, Reema Sharma, Susan Wood

Exhibition programme key dates
Art Trail Exhibition
4 November 2014 to 28 February 2015 10am-5pm daily
Private View
Thursday 6 November 2014 6.30-8.30pm, in the Brockway Room
Educational workshops
Wednesday 12 & 19 November 2014 10am-12pm & 1-3pm, in the Brockway Room
Art School & DJ Vinyl party
Saturday 22 November 2014 mid-day to 8pm
Ticketed FREE event through Eventbrite
Thursday 20 November 2014 7-9pm, followed by a drinks reception in the Main Hall at Conway Hall
Chaired by
Professor Rebecca Fortnum, School of Art & Design, Visual Arts – Middlesex University
Margaret CarlyleSSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of History & Philosophy of Science – University of Cambridge
Professor Tina Chanter, Head of School, HumanitiesFaculty of Arts and Social Sciences – Kingston University
Jessica Voorsanger, Senior Lecturer Sculpture, School of Fine Art – UCA University of the Creative Arts

OPEN ART Studio – STUDIO VOLTAIRE 8-9th Aug 2014

Dear All, 
I am cordially inviting you to the OPEN STUDIO Art event where you can have an informal chat about art practices of the residing Studio Voltaire’s Artists, including me.
The art event will be also combined with lots of other attraction over the weekend, including talks, stalls, music e.t.c.
more info below.
open Studio Voltaire details

Beata Kozlowska, Illuminations- revisited...,
quadriptych, photographic print, 2014