The Hypnotizing Patterns of Artist Agnieszka Zak-Bielowa

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.

Pink Shawl from “Chusta”” series (2016), Agnieszka Zak-Bielowa (image credit to artist)

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.

Blue Shawl from “Chusta”” series (2016), Agnieszka Zak-Bielowa (image credit to artist)

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!

Shawl #8 from “Chusta”” series (2016), Agnieszka Zak-Bielowa (image credit to artist)
Audra Lambert

Audra Lambert

Audra Lambert is an arts writer and independent curator who has worked on interdisciplinary projects involving painting, performance, new media and installation art. Her recent curatorial projects have included The Subtle Image group figurative exhibit at Dejavu Gallery, Reflecting Our City for the White Roof Project at the Center for Social Innovation, and participating in the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts’ A Wicked Problem. In addition to these projects she has served as Project Coordinator for More Art, a socially engaged nonprofit based in NYC, and she has contributed to Art Nerd, Examiner, AXS, and WhiteHot Magazine, among others. With an anticipated 2016 M.A. in Art History, Modern & Contemporary Art from CCNY, her primary focus is on installation art and contemporary art in the public sphere.

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