23 September 2016
8 January 2017
EACC (Espai d´Art Contemporani de Castelló) is presenting the first solo show in Spain of the work of Monika Grzymala (Zabrze, 1970). For this site-specific project the artist has used adhesive tape to create a temporary installation exploring the possibilities of three-dimensional drawing. Predicated on the use of the line, Grzymala generates a personal vocabulary that conceives drawing as “a form of thinking guided by the hand”, and at once inscribes it within the “conceptual” artistic tradition which foregrounded the primacy of the line.
From the outset, her practice has been fascinated with the possibilities of drawing and its three-dimensional potential. At the current moment, after experimenting with a multiplicity of focuses, she is addressing the transformation of the exhibition space using different techniques. To this end, she employs a large variety of materials that includes paper, wood, tape, wire and even plants, which she weaves into a network or mesh of lines floating in space.
Born in Poland, at a young age Monika Grzymala moved to Germany where she lived in several cities before settling in Berlin. During the nineties she studied Fine Arts at various German universities, majoring in sculpture. Her work has been seen in various museums and art centres and at major
international events including, among others: MoMA, New York; Kunsthalle, Hamburg; FRAC Lorraine, Metz; Tokyo Art Museum; and the Sydney Biennial in 2015. That same year Grzymala was also included in the exhibition Drawing Now at the Albertina, Vienna; in Spaceliner, curated by Barbara Heinrich for the Arter Space for Art, Istanbul; and in the solo show The Making of Forming Something New at Galerie Crone, Berlin.
Accompanying the installation, the EACC is also screening documentary videos of performances by the artist, including Dark Material together with Maria F. Scaroni and Jeremy Wade; and a recent performance with the choreographer Meg Stuart. At the same time, also being shown is L´Abécédaire de Gilles Deleuze, a television programme produced by Pierre-André Boutang which features the French philosopher Gilles Deleuze being interviewed by Claire Parnet in 1988-1989.
Finally, the exhibition project is rounded off with the Cuerpo / materia workshop between 3rd and 7th October led by Maria F. Scaroni, a sometime collaborator with Monika Grzymala. Scaroni bases her workshops on her personal conception of the body as material for self-knowledge, addressing its organic functions, its spiritual potential and the cultural implications inserted in it.