Tuesday, November 1, 2011

A last minute look at Monika Grzymala

Photograph courtesy Monika Grzymala

When I saw the images of Monika Grzymala's latest exhibition, Raumzeichnung, I hoped dearly that this would not be a 'looks great in the photos, but when you see it in person, it lacks impact' scenario. I am glad to say that it isn't. It's well worth a last minute visit before it closes at Sumarria Lunn Gallery in Mayfair on Friday (November 4).

Photograph courtesy Monika Grzymala

Applying tape directly to the gallery walls and creating a web-like structure between them, Grzymala's sculptures (or sketches? I'm not quite sure), mould to the space bridging doorways and wrapping around corners. Grzymala, who originally trained in sculpture, soon noticed that her interest lay not in the objects themselves, but the lines and marks used to make them: “very quickly my line left the page and continued on the walls” she says.

Photograph courtesy Monika Grzymala

We're all taught that art starts with a sketch, be it in pencil, pen or charcoal, but Grzymala takes the sketch and makes it the final work using her own unique medium, and lots of it. I'm told over three thousand metres of tape was used to create this installation and "for an exhibition in New York 8.3 kilometers of black and white adhesive tape seemed to hurtle across the gallery walls, turn corners, then leap off the wall to wrap around a pillar."

It's pretty impressive, so make sure you get down to Sumarria Lunn before the show closes at the end of the week (there's rumours there'll be extended hours on Friday, but as yet unconfirmed, watch this space).

EDIT: I've just had the following update from Sumarria Lunn
The gallery will stay open late until 8pm on Friday 4th November, the final day of the Monika Grzymala exhibition.

As Raumzeichnung is an installation that changes noticeably over time many viewers have returned during the exhibition to view the transformation.

This late viewing will also provide a chance to see two works from the 'Disaster Landscape Series' that have never previously been released for acquisition. RMX Chernobyl and RMX Münsterland, two tape drawings on folded transparency paper, are drawn consciously from the memory of newspaper images of the disasters which changed these places. In Münsterland record snowfall brought down many pylons and left vast areas without power, while in Chernobyl the nuclear accident reshaped the landscape far more drastically. These landscapes were literally re-drawn by the disasters that affected them.

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