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Bownik: Undercoat

Bownik: Undercoat

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Bownik: Undercoat

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Exhibition Catalog

Ed. by Magdalena Ziolkowska. Centralne Muzeum Wlokiennictwa w Lodz (Central Museum of Textiles in Lodz), 2022. Organized in association with Muzeum Sztuki i Techniki Japońskiej Manggha, Cracow.

248 pp. 140 col. ills. 25 x 19 cm. In English. Hardcover.

ISBN 9783775752503

In his monumental photographs, taken with a large-format analogue camera, Pawel Bownik examines “artificiality” in photography. Drawing inspiration from the classic iconography of historical still lifes, and genre painting, as well as the aesthetics of 1940s American cinema, he questions historical norms of representation. Carefully dissecting the elementary components of his subjects, his work is driven by his attention to minutiae. Flowers are disassembled, only to be surgically reconstructed – without hiding their artificiality. Alternatively, he challenges the historical narratives symbolized by traditional costumes. Turning them inside-out introduces the possibility of a different reading: In their reversed state, the intricate embroideries not only reveal their materiality, but also speak of their socio-historical context. Undercoat encompasses Bownik's work from the past decade, informed by the artist’s awareness of the underlying patterns that give form to our surroundings and how we perceive them.

Subject Headings: Eastern and Western European Art ; Western Art -- Poland -- Post-1945 ; Post-1970 ; Post-1990 ; Post-2000 -- Several Fine Arts Media (Western) --

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