ARIADNE Drawing by Pawel Mendrek

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ARIADNE

Pawel Mendrek

Austria

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Size: 19.7 W x 27.6 H x 0.8 D in

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In the past hair was identified with the soul. Rytual haircutting is a method of transformation. Hair as the object of the exhibition becomes a tool with which to measure time. Understood as the framework for life, be it real or fictional, hair is a tool for shaping the form of corporeal coexistence. It delineates the area of our corporeality and the physical boundaries of our existence. The hybrid tangles are frozen reflections of emotional states… and passions. Ariadne revolves around the concept of estrangement and alienation. It is inspired by the rytual haircutting seven-year-old boys to become men and change his mental position. It reflects a sense of emigration and entangled displaced identity, objects and people. Emigration is not just a state of affairs, but a state of mind. We rarely we think about something natural, an integral part of a portrayed subject, is only a product of the process of time. Hair become the form of the portrait and a tool for measuring time. Hair is understood as a framework for life, whether it is real or fictional tool for shaping rituals and life events, or a physical form of coexistence. It marks the frame of our everyday life’s carnality, and simultaneously marks our own physical boundaries. Hair reinforces and represents a diverse background and emotional states, builds the ornament and creates a thread leading to the roots, in search of their own identity. The Ariadne exhibition is based on white, dedicated to gallery as typical white cube. The only accents are dark, saturated tangles, set centrally in the presented pictures, which allows them to adopt the form of sign. Stopped in their motionlessness they evoke the impression of a sacred place.

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Drawing:Graphite on Paper

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Size:19.7 W x 27.6 H x 0.8 D in

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Pawel Mendrek is a visual artist who works and lives in Vienna. Besides his work as a freelance artist he is an Academic Professor and Head of the Faculty of Intermedia and Scenography at the Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice, guest lecturer at Chelsea College of Arts in London and FH Joanneum Graz. Enabling artistic experimentation Currently he is investigating and working on the subject of identity and reflects his own identity being torn between his professional practice in Austria and his Polish origins.Through development of the Parallax project between Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice Chelsea College of Arts London, Valand Academy Gothenburg and Plymouth University, he is able to discuss issues concerning the role of the art academy and the educational processes it involves itself in. Multiple techniques Mendrek’s work is broad and includes diverse techniques such as practice research and mixing technique experiments. Mendrek’s material of choice is paper so his range of works combines painting, photography, drawing, objects and collages. By overcoming those borders of those genres, he is redefining his artistic vision. Multiple study programs and academic mentors in Vienna and San Francisco influenced his techniques. An international resume Pawel Mendrek has exhibited nationally and internationally including group shows at Museum of Applied Arts Vienna, Kunstlerhaus Vienna, Museum of Art, Taiwan, Sienna Art Institute in Italy, Kronika Gallery Bytom, BWA Gallery in Cracow and Bielsko-Biala and as well in Mill&Short Gallery in San Francisco. He has been nominated for various art prices such as the Grand Prix International Biennale of Digital Graphic Art, Gdynia, the Grand Award of Academy of Art Collage in San Francisco and the Strabag Art Award. With Malgorzata Szandala and Ewa Zasada he is a member of Travel Agency Art Collective that realizes nomadic exhibitions and actions. Currently he is represented by the Loft Acht Gallery.

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