DAGMARA GENDA

Wall works and installation
Works on paper
Art in public space
Writing
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Ink Drawings (2018- )

Mannerist and Renaissance sculptures were observed and later loosely redrawn with brush and ink. Some of the final drawings are abstract while others are pornographically dark--very much like their references which, with their roots in classical mythology, form the basis of European civilization. These have served as the basis for collages and expanded drawings in space. All drawings are on A3 paper.

Reorganization of One Hedge (Rachel Ruysch) (2016)

This magazine intervention is part of the larger project Beating the Bush. In this particular project, I reorganized photographs of leaves from one bush into a Dutch still-life that was later reorganized into different types of inventories. The centrefold, for example, simply shows all the leaves used in the collage laid out according to shape and size. Another page shows all the leaves used, and on the back side, how many of each were used. These reorganizations are interspersed throughout BlackFlash Magazine, thus interrupting the linear flow of the publication.

Collage from "Beating the Bush" (2015-16)

As part of the larger project Beating the Bush, various types of collages were made by rearranging photographs of leaves from one plant, the Common Laurel. Photographed over the course of months, the leaves of the shrub were isolated in Photoshop and used as "brush strokes." These particular ones are individual photos of leaves, hand-cut and collaged into geometric forms on paper. I've made them in two sizes: 22.9x30.5cm and 66x101.6cm.

Park Wildlife Portraits (2012-13)

Fantastical, absurd, illustrative and sometimes perverse, this series of "portraits" was made to accompany a large-scale panoramic drawing. They are swirling Bosch-like depictions of wildlife deformed by human contact. Formally complex, these pictures were an attempt to seamlessly combine collage, drawing and painting. They are all, give or take, 120 x 85cm.

Soviet Monoliths and Capitalist Skyscrapers (2007-2013)

Stalinist architecture was actually modelled off turn-of-the-century American highrises, though East and West share a longstanding mutual animosity. I started drawing the Palace of Culture and Science in Warsaw and combining it with morphing, intuitive imagery traced out of paint splatters. Slowly other Kruschev-era buildings and Chicago highrises creeped in to create floating hybrid growths.

The Wallpaper Drawings (2007-2011)

These drawings use wallpaper as a groundwork for all sorts of beautiful, horrible and ambiguous imagery. First a pattern is drawn onto paper, then gesso or latex is brushed atop, and traced through to produce a contrast between the drawing as a from-the-gut activity and an ordered grid (albeit a very flowery one). Wallpaper has often been associated with patterns of behaviour, or, according to Adolf Loos, with the hysterical female temperament. These pictures break patterns but also create new ones.

-My piece Limp Landscape will be part of the group show In & Out of Saskatchewan at the Art Museum of the University of Toronto.

-I have been shortlisted for the International Awards in Art Criticism. Publication coming soon!