Nostalgia and intimacy are making something of a comeback in contemporary painting. Whether bringing to mind lived experiences or interior spaces, reminiscence is making a splash in recent art exhibits in New York City. Artist Agnieszka Zak-Bielowa demonstrates this zeitgeist in her own self-assured way, applying her rigorous art training to depictions of colorfully patterned scarves. Representing a variety of styles and fashions, the scarves in Zak-Bielowa’s “Chusta” series serve as forays into remembrance.
The assiduously painted patterns of Zak-Bielowa’s scarves incorporate a subtle pop sensibility, infusing cherished objects with a careful consideration. Zak-Bielowa’s scarves don’t remain static: she infuses them with a delicate sense of movement, evoking the scarf-wearers themselves in her careful constructions. The composition and pattern combine to produce an elevating effect: standing in front of these scarves in the artist’s Chusta series the viewer is transported into another culture, eroding at the lines between one’s own lived memories and that of majestic strangers.
Zak-Bielowa’s paintings are debuting at New York’s Frieze art week, first at Emmanuel Fremin gallery on 27th street between May 1-7, 2017 and then subsequently at the Hollows in Brooklyn, NY between May 8-15, 2017. Both shows are curated by Sylwia Kolowiecka, and produced in partnership with the Polish Culture Institute New York. The opening reception at Emmanuel Fremin will take place on Thursday, May 4 from 6-8 pm, with the Hollows artspace reception taking place on Wednesday, May 10 from 6-8 pm. Don’t miss Zak-Bielowa’s Frieze debut in New York City!