Alicja Łukasiak & Grzegorz Drozd „Things for the Sun”

We cordially invite you to join us and the artists Alicja Łukasiak & Grzegorz Drozd to celebrate the opening of the show Things for the Sun.

The exhibition is hosted by the andel’s Hotel Kraków and Warimpex Finanz- und Beteiligungs AG, as part of the project ANDEL’S PRESENTS.

Opening reception at the Hotel andel’s Kraków, ul. Pawia 3 on Thursday, April 7th, 2016, from 7 PM

Exhibition will be running through Thursday, April 7th, to Saturday, May 7th, 2016

The exhibition Things for the Sun by artist duo Alicja Łukasiak and Grzegorz Drozd, is the result of a long, nomadic art project realized since 2010 in Southeast Asia. The artists’ decision to leave their home country was influenced by the need to view the culture they had lived in from a distance – along with the perspective that only being ‘outside’ can give; as well as by the search for inspiration that comes from unfiltered experience. Thousands of kilometers later, the artists are still exploring the structure of nature and the forms in which it expresses itself, broadening their knowledge and finding sources of inspiration for their art, the works born out of direct contact with communities inhabiting remote islands. Their objective is simple: the creative process inspired by the culture, customs, just the everyday life of the people who, in the era of global changes that homogenize cultural differences, continue to cultivate the traditional model of living.

Grzegorz Drozd born in 1970, based in Warsaw and Southeast Asia. A versatile artist and a vigilant observer of reality. To describe it, Drozd employs his own language, constructing uncomfortable and unexpected situations, often with no script at all. By playing a game where his opponents are Convention and Ritual, he can take art beyond the brackets imposed by conventionality. An artist-manipulator who declares that “an artist is, to me, a society’s outcast and a criminal.” A relational and participatory creator, the author whose works display his personal emotions. In 2010, Drozd symbolically ‘abandoned’ the culture of the West, steering his nomadic journey towards the far South, in search for the lost paradise. Since then, he has inhabited ‘culturally open space.’
From 1992 to 1995, Drozd studied at the Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin, then continued his studies at the Faculties of Painting and Sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, graduating in 2007. He has participated in several art residencies and has received scholarships of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. Recently, his individual exhibitions NIGHTMARES were shown at the Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw and the Polish Sculpture Center in Orońsko. Drozd has participated in numerous group shows in Poland and abroad, including at the MOCAK Museum of Contemporary Art in Cracow, the Centre of Contemporary Art Znaki Czasu in Torun, the Waterside Contemporary gallery in London, the BACC in Bangkok, Art Biennale in Yogyakarta, and the Gare Sauveur in Lille.
He has co-created with Alicja Łukasiak the project ZOR Foundation since 2003. zorfoundation.org

Alicja Łukasiak born in 1975, based in Warsaw and Southeast Asia.
In 2000, she graduated with honors from the Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin, studying at Professor Piotr Lech’s lithography studio. She received scholarships from the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage and the International Visegrad Fund and has participated in numerous exhibitions in Poland and abroad, including at the Zachęta Project Room, the Polish Sculpture Center in Orońsko, and Art Biennale in Yogyakarta. She has co-created with Grzegorz Drozd the project ZOR Foundation since 2003, zorfoundation.org.
Łukasiak’s interest is nature, in the context of which she examines humans as the dominant species. On the one hand, she shows man’s destructive impact on the planet, and at the same time attempts to show the beauty and diversity of life. To her, life is a mysterious phenomenon, artistic creativity – a form of emotional story. In Łukasiak’s works, fauna and flora are subjected to personification. As a result, insects and plants are governed by the laws imposed on them by a superior life form – man.