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The blue age. In the search of colour

19.10-09.11.2018

For the artist Anna Grochowska/ Seliger, parallel worlds are two simultaneous periods of work which include the golden and the blue age. A series of paintings triggered off by the view of the well-known unfinished Krakow sky scraper called Szkieletor in Polish (from skeleton, as its steel construction is visible) belongs to the blue age. Work on these paintings required a lot of discipline and the artist sometimes interrupted work on the golden age to do it.

 

 

The sky scraper which was started in the 1970s and which has remained unfinished for forty years, is like a symbol of a city like Krakow, where layer upon layer builds up the tissue of the metropolis and the people living in it for centuries. Interfusion of the layered matter sometimes reverses the order and the modern may today be found deep underground while the old may come to the surface.

The tallest skyscraper in the city is surrounded by Krakow’s art nouveau architecture and a modernist residential area, it is also inspired by office buildings of the 1960s modernism located between the two roundabouts in its vicinity. Its story is not so long, but rather complex.

 

At a time of a certain stagnation when the painter Grochowska lived at ulica Grochowska, Szkieletor seemed a useless piece of architecture, more like a sculpture than a building, with a form that the artist found perfect, exposed to the atmospheric weathering and erosion. Observing such a phenomenon against the background of changing seasons made the artistic personality restless. The concept of the future paintings took years to mature but the very process of producing them only took an intensive half-a-year of exhaustive creative work.

 

"Work on a painting consists of taking away and reducing", declares the artist. This work takes place in stages. In fact we can talk about a three-step painting process here. The first is to create a space that provides a certain atmosphere of the work. The next is to make the drawing. Grochowska uses carbon paper with which she transfers her drawings. The third, final stage is a kind of deconstruction and consists in eliminating texture and colour. It is here that she searches for the horizon and releases various accents.

 

The artist loves to lay layers on the canvas in search of blue which represents space and air. Obviously, the painting process is the most important in the painting.

 

Olimpia Maciejewska