A R T  G O L A C K I

A multidisciplinary artist working with traditional mediums as well as installations, photography and digital processing.

Art was born in Wroclaw, Poland where he also accomplished a Master Degree in Fine Arts.

Since being granted a British citizenship in 2006 he lives and works in United Kingdom, currently in Millport, Scotland.

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In 1983 Art took part in forming group L U X U S (luxury), notorious for mixing elements of pop art, dada and defiantly rejecting the codes of dominant art.

During the peak of social and political unrest of their country the group employed fast medium to share their views in form of periodically created Magazine Luxus, with each member committed to production of 30 identical made by hand pages, unintentionally introducing for the very first time in Polish arts the medium of stencil.

Their collective exhibitions were usually supported by temporary installation made up of cardboard boxes, children’s toys, tasteless house decorations, et cetera.

In 2013 the group has been recognised as the mainstream of Polish 80-ties avant-garde movement and hosted their 30 anniversary over 4 floors of Wroclaw’s Museum of Contemporary Arts.

The trimmed version of this event also toured a number of European museums.   

Between 1985 and 1988 Art actively formed the core of K O R M O R A N Y group, the flexible assemble of industrial music movement fanatics, particularly influenced by sound of Test Dept, Laibach and especially unconventional Einstürzende Neubauten.

Their gigs were organised ad hoc and advertised only by word of mouth for dedicated army of like-minded fans. The usual venues were chosen for their unique spatial and acoustic quality and included dysfunctional water tower or abandoned since second world war military underground tunnels.

While performing the only consistency required from participants was to make a continuous, intuitive, pulsating noise sometimes enriched by pre-recorded sound and projection of slides or film.

Despite the determination to thrive in underground the group had been acknowledged elsewhere in Europe and invited to tour the former Yugoslavia in 1987 (a short excerpt from the gig in Mostar to view) and a year later performed in spacious hall of National Museum in Wroclaw. 

a short excerpt from the Kormorany's gig in Mostar 1987
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While exploring unusual locations during his collaboration with Kormorany, Art developed a keen interest in creating a site-specific S T R I N G I N S T A L L A T I O N S

What started as a very basic decorative form developed over the next years into more complex compositions.

Taking advantage of the strength of heavy duty acrylic string allowed him to construct the installations capable to support the weight of the human body.

Finally the whole experience led in 2002 to collaboration with performance artist in creating a piece titled Passer by in Area 10, the large complex of vacant warehouses temporary assigned by London’s Peckham council to the artistic activity.

The installation was spread over two floors high space and needed a few weeks to be assembled.

A short film also titled Passer by integrated seamlessly the poetry of both, the performance and the installation.   

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passer by 2002

Since moving from London to one of the Scottish islands in 2015, overwhelmed by richness of nature in all its forms, Art rediscovered his interest in P H O T O G R A P H Y.

Uncanny resemblance of dramatic shapes of leafless, winter trees to our own cardiovascular and nervous systems inspired his ongoing project Talking Trees, dedicated to rise awareness of similarity and direct or indirect interdependency of all living organisms.

His parallel idea Still Life emphasise, apart from philosophical context, the continuity and relevance of Old Masters works and could be viewed in S H O P * A

Purposely created temporary assemblages have played an equal part in conveying the overall meaning of the final images.

Besides utilising a digital camera, Art experiments extensively with old types of manual lenses and never use artificial lighting.

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Art has established his artistic style in terms of classic, two dimensional visual artwork in early 80-ties, while study in Wroclaw’s Academy of Arts.

Under guidance of professor Konrad Jarodzki he started to experiment with incorporating photographic images into his paintings.

The true turn came since Art discovered by accident that it is possible to remove parts of the ink from the pages of glossy magazines with ordinary pencil eraser or very fine sand paper. 

By partially disintegrating the intended narrative of the original image Art created a kind of an open field to be explored by his imagination. It was not much about a new narrative but rather exercise in letting imagination work intuitively without any restrictions.

This had resulted in fusion of realistic and abstract content and could be closely associated with surrealism or magic realism art trends.

The perfect blending executed in classic oil paint medium was essential in achieving seamless photo-like quality in finished artwork.

Since, at that time, no known artist employed the use of photographic image in such a particular way, Art has decided to distinguish this process and name it as G O L L A G E,  jokingly describing this now as a hand made proto-Photoshop manipulation. 

It was his long standing admiration for Old Flemish Masters and also courage and skills of HR Giger whom he met once, to inspire Art to master this process for over thirty years adopting large scale posters, pre-planned prints or simply by recreating briefly initial photo image straight on to the canvas with the help of projector, please enjoy a few examples of project Vivid Imagination in S H O P * B 

With invention of Photoshop and its vast capabilities it was a natural step for Art to continue his creativity in a digital realm.

Computer generated art is still undervalued by most galleries and art critics but for naturally born instigator like Art it is a perfect challenge to prove otherwise.

His latest digital project is dedicated to a renaissance Portrait Masters and will be available in 2021 as limited edition prints.     

EDUCATION

1985   Master Degree in Fine Arts at the Faculty of Painting, Graphics and Sculpture,The Academy of Fine Arts, Wroclaw, Poland

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2019   Red Dot Miami 2019 / Mana Wynwood Convention Center, Miami, USA

2019   Premier Art Award Exhibition London 2019 / La Galleria, Pall Mall, London, UK

2018   Spectrum Miami 2018 / Mana Wynwood Convention Center, Miami, USA

2018   Sunny Art Prize 2018 / Sunny Art Centre, London, UK

2018   Fomenar Verona / Aperto Arte / Group Exhibition, Chiesa di Santa Maria, Verona, Italy

2018   Premio Fomenar 2017 / The Finalists Show / Art Nou Milleni Gallery, Barcelona, Spain

2018   The 2017 Chelsea International Photography Competition / The Finalist Show / Agora Gallery, New York, USA

2017   21st National Open Art Exhibition / The Finalists Show / Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf, Southbank London, UK

2017   Czarna Wiosna / The Black Spring /  MWW Museum of Contemporary Art, Wroclaw, Poland

2017   D&AD Next Photographer Award Exhibition / The Finalists Show / Old Truman Brewery, London, UK

2016   Dzikie Pola / The Wild West - History of Wroclaw's Avant-Garde / Ludwig Muzeum, Budapest, Hungary

2016   Dzikie Pola / The Wild West - History of Wroclaw's Avant-Garde / Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb, Croatia

2016   Dzikie Pola / The Wild West - History of Wroclaw's Avant-Garde / Kunstmuseum, Bochum, Germany

2015   Dzikie Pola / The Wild West - History of Wroclaw's Avant-Garde / Kosice's Kunsthalle, Kosice, Slovakia

2015   Dzikie Pola / The Wild West - History of Wroclaw's Avant-Garde / Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, Poland

2014   Little Experiment / POSK Gallery at Polish Social and Cultural Association, London, UK

2013   Psychopaper / Pictogram BLA Soho Factory, Warsaw, Poland

2013   Magazyn Luxus / 30th Anniversary of art group Luxus / MWW Museum of Contemporary Art, Wroclaw, Poland

2012   Visionaries / Queensborough Community College Art Gallery, New York, USA

2010   Metamorphosis / Copro Gallery, Santa Monica, California, USA

2007   Where Science Meets Art - AOI / The Gallery at Penn College, Williamsport, USA

2007   The Annual Juried Exhibition - AOI / The Mall Galleries, London, UK

2007   The Sensual Nude / Limner Gallery, Hudson, New York, USA

2006   Une Fete Sur L'imagination - AOI / Museum H R Giger, Gruyeres, Switzerland

2005   Inner Eye - AOI / Silos Gallery, Tarifa, Spain

2005   Inner Eye - AOI / Lofthouse Gallery, Rosshaupten, Germany

2005   Inner Eye - AOI / Sala Venere Gallery, Vezzano, Italy

2004   Water - AOI / Lauderdale House, London, UK

2004   Fantastic Visions / Limner Gallery, Hudson, New York, USA

2004   Tawe Pilaku / installation and performance / Gallery 291, Hackney, London, UK

2004   Raw Arts Festival / Candid Arts Trust, London, UK

2003   Brave Destiny - AOI / Diego Victoria Fine Art Gallery, Miami, Florida, USA

2003   Brave Destiny - AOI / Williamsburg Art & Historical Center, New York, USA

2003   The Annual Juried Exhibition - AOI / The Gallery in Cork Street, London, UK

2002   Passer by / installation and performance / Area 10, Peckham, London, UK

2002   The Annual Juried Exhibition - AOI / The Gallery in Cork Street, London, UK

2000   The Annual Juried Exhibition - AOI / The Mall Galleries, London, UK

2000   Member of The Society for Art of Imagination - AOI

1992   Pull it / Pull it Gallery, Camden Town, London, UK

1991   Cooltan / Cooltan Factory, Brixton, London, UK

1988   Urban Art / Urban Art Gallery, Kreuzberg, Berlin, Germany

1988   Luxus fra Polen / Luxus from Poland / Strykejernet, Oslo, Norway

1986   International Poster Biennale / Warszawa, Poland

1986   Ariergarda / BWA, Lodz, Poland

1986   Ekspresja lat 80-tych / Expression of 80's / BWA, Sopot, Poland

1986   Luxus maluje panorame swiata / Luxus paints the World's Panorama / DDK Lesnica, Wroclaw, Poland

1985   Pokaz prawdziwego Luxusu / The Real Luxus Show / BWA, Bialystok, Poland

1985   Popularna Impreza Mlodziezowa / The Teen's Popular Show / Centrum Swiatla, Wroclaw, Poland

1983   Member of the art group Luxus formed in Wroclaw, Poland

 

AWARDS

2019   The 4th Place Award / Premier Art Award (London - Kyoto) 2019 / EWAA East-West Art Award

2017   The finalist / Premio Fomenar 2017 / International Prize of Painting and Photography / Asociacion Cultural Fomenar, Spain

2017   The finalist / 2017 Chelsea International Photography Competition, Agora Gallery, New York, USA

2017   The finalist / 21st National Open Art Exhibition Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf, Southbank London, UK

2017   7th 2017 ArtSlant Prize Showcase Winner / category: photography

2017   6th 2017 ArtSlant Prize Showcase Winner / category: photography

2017   5th 2017 ArtSlant Prize Showcase Winner / category: photography

2017   The prizewinner / ViewPoint Gallery International Photo Competition, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

2017   4th 2017 ArtSlant Prize Showcase Winner / category: photography

2017   The finalist / 2017 D&AD Next Photographer Award, Old Truman Brewery, London, UK

2016   9th 2016 ArtSlant Prize Showcase Winner / category: photography

2016   8th 2016 ArtSlant Prize Showcase Winner / category: photography

2016   6th 2016 ArtSlant Prize Showcase Winner / category: photography

2016   5th 2016 ArtSlant Prize Showcase Winner / category: photography

2016   The prizewinner / 2nd Annual Figures & Faces International Online Juried Art  Exhibition, Fusion Art Gallery, Indian Wells, USA

2016   4th 2016 ArtSlant Prize Showcase Winner / category: photography

2016   3rd 2016 ArtSlant Prize Showcase Winner / category: photography

2016   1st 2016 ArtSlant Prize Showcase Winner / category: photography

2015    6th 2015 ArtSlant Prize Showcase Winner / category: photography

2015    The prizewinner / Still Life Collection of Fifth Annual Exposure Award, SeeMe, New York, USA

2014    The prizewinner / Little Experiment competition, Polish Social and Cultural Association, London, UK

2014    The prizewinner / Art-Competition.net online juried competition Scape

2004    The prizewinner / Direct Art Magazine competition - volume 11, New York, USA

2004    The prizewinner / Beyond Boundaries online competition, Artrom Gallery, Rome, Italy

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