Born in 1984, Poland
Lives and works in Poznań, PL
Ania Bąk is a graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Łódź. In her artistic practice the artist uses various means of expression, from painting, sculpture to moving images and sounds. Through her works Ania Bąk attempts to reflect on how we have been trained to perceive and universalise only one objective dimension of reality. The artist proposes to cross beyond this threshold and speculates upon the perception of aesthetics as a multisensory action. Just like matter itself, Ania Bąk's paintings do not have permanent and inviolable boundaries. Her deeply organic works establish previously unknown temporary connections, which reveal corporal possibilities and materialize here and now in the act of perception. It is the viewer who becomes part of its structure, its complement generating temporal and spatial unity between the body and the object. One of the most relevant aspects for the artist is the creative process itself by which she unveils the active agent of matter. Indeed, her process is reminiscent of alchemical transmutation: from analysing and understanding matter by decomposing it to creating other matter. Bąk’s intimate canvases are generated through reconstruction and gestural painting. Her process resembles the modern painterly experiments of Joan Mitchell (with masses of pulsing and dynamic colour) and the sensory collages of the neo-avant-garde artist Teresa Tyszkiewicz (who stitches »canvas« fragments). She likes to highlight the qualities of nontraditional materials such as glass pellets, natural fibres, foil, silicone or glue. The stratification of patterns and layers contributes instead to the creation of porous and rough texture of canvas, projecting at the same time the pure experience of each single component of the painting. As a result, our attention is absorbed by the matter itself which begins to vibrate, revealing its vitality and dynamics. Ania Bąk has recently exhibited at Central Museum of Tapestry in Lodz, eastcontemporary in Milan, Museum of Art in Lodz and Skala Gallery in Poznan.
Sep 2023 - Group show at Christine Koenig Galerie, Vienna, AT
Nov 2023 - Artissima, with eascontemporary, Turin, IT