friday, 12 july Open 12 — 19
Municipal Gallery Arsenał

Stary Rynek 6, 61-772 Poznań
T. +48 61 852 95 02

Opening hours:

Poniedziałek: nieczynne
Wtorek – Sobota: 12 — 19
Niedziela: 12 — 16

Agata Bogacka
19.07 – 6.10.2024
vernissage: 19.07.2024, 6 pm

Recently, Agata Bogacka told me: “Canvas is amazing. It doesn’t lack anything.” She believes that the canvas is complete before a painting is created, and that in this sense “painting is rather an act of destruction.” In spite of this, the artist stands in front of the canvas, ready to carry out this act.


Bogacka doesn’t “paint over” her canvas. On the contrary, she exposes it and allows it to speak. She treats the canvas as a medium that can guide and enable her to depict, or rather to distil, discern, or even just examine and think through important issues. This sort of evaluation takes place in tandem with the process of painting. In working out the challenges that come with the act of painting, Bogacka finds her way to the very heart of complex issues that pertain to human relationships.


In Bogacka’s most extensive series of paintings, Disagreement, the tension between those coexisting or attempting to coexist on canvas intensifies. Thus, the rivalry between the painterly layers perceived by the viewers – and the artists – grows increasingly apparent. While the multicolored planes seem to compete for the position of power or a relationship with the expanse of raw canvas, Bogacka appears to wonder whether they aim to “obscure” the canvas or, on the contrary, reveal it. We cannot be sure whether what we see are layers that are progressively building up or peeling away. Similarly, in the Declarations series, the multi-layered surfaces seem to extend beyond the surface of the painting, often only to prove to be the very first – or farthest – layer of the composition.


The above-mentioned tension, however, is not an intentional or deliberate theme in Bogacka’s painting. On the contrary, the essence of her vision might be best illustrated in a work entitled Equality Dream, in which the colours of the rainbow are either battling to remain hidden or break free and make themselves visible. This is also the fundamental principle that Bogacka takes as her starting point, or perhaps goal: the equivalence of difference elements of the painting and their coherence, or mutual comprehension. Reality that comes to the fore, exposing the complexities of mutual dependency.


Bogacka is particularly interested in portraying multifaceted conceptual frameworks that emphasise contradictions, insinuations, or illusions. The interconnections of colour planes in her paintings reflect how we function in life: both on the micro level of relationships between individuals and intimate relationships, and the macro level – the interactions between groups of people. They refer to existing arrangements, which are susceptible to change or ongoing and are complemented by titles such as Declarations, Disagreement or Dream of Equality. All of them may refer to both the experiences of individuals and entire communities. They touch on personal, as well as social and political issues, often interchangeably.


Bogacka’s painting possesses the universal character of a parable, stemming from a reliance on dualism and vibrant juxtapositions of contrasting elements. Here, every life-related problem automatically becomes a painting-related problem and vice versa; explorations of colours and compositions point the artist to themes of interpersonal relationships and the title’s conflict does not necessarily mean anything negative. It conveys the essence of Bogacka’s painting, namely the encounter between two different worlds, concepts, personalities, separate orders – an encounter that can turn out to be both a confrontation and an enticement. This conflict comes across as creative, as something progressive to be understood and used for further growth; it is rendered possible through the medium of painting, through the canvas, that generates and provokes it in order to delve into new meanings – this is Bogacka’s titular CONFLICT ENABLER.


curator: Jagna Domżalska




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