Karolina Bielawska

Graduate of Media Arts at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw (2015). Visual artist, works with painting, which she combines with sculpture. Lives and works in Warsaw. Represented by Wschód Gallery (Warsaw) and Double Q Gallery (Hong Kong).

Karolina Bielawska’s interpretation of avant-garde movements and hard-edge painting acts in contravention, in which she mixes various painting techniques and sculptural materials. Her practice explores possibilities of complex layers with the dimensional limits of picture itself, revealing meditative meticulousness and diverse impressions.

In her paintings the formal values that gradually reveal themselves to the eye are firmly embedded in the properties of the materials she uses: their industrial origin, textures, density, and colours. Bielawska often creates site-specific works through carefully planning their relation to space. The installations suggest close proximity to architecture; they might double an existing wall, move it, break it or shatter it – just to be reconstructed as second skin. It is typical for artist to work with the history and context of a place. She also focus on the potency of emotions resonating between painting and the viewer.

selected solo exhibitions:

2022
“As Above, So Below”, BWA Olsztyn, Olsztyn

2021
“Two Sides”, Dobro Gallery, Olsztyn
“Fields. Karolina Bielawska, Matthew Peers”, Wschód Gallery, Warsaw

2019
“The Other Room”, Krupa Gallery, Wroclaw
“Marrow”, Miejski Ośrodek Sztuki, Gorzów Wlkp.

2018
“Slow Down a Moment that Moves too Fast”, Realny Obszar Działań, Warsaw

2017
“Glans”, JIL, Warsaw

“Drift” Warsaw Gallery Weekend, Wizytująca Gallery, Warsaw

selected group exhibitions:

2022
“Soft, Hidden, Exposed”, Double Q Gallery, Hong Kong
“Baitball Project 02”, Palazzo San Giuseppe, Polignano a Mare, Bari

2019
“Metamorphosis”, Pola Magnetyczne, Warsaw
“Stranger Danger”, FOAF, Stone Projects, Prague
“First World Problems: Life Before Death”, Rondo Sztuki, Katowice
“First World Problems: Life Before Death”, Stefan Gierowski Foundation, Warsaw

2018
“Articulations. Recently Painted Works”, Glassyard Gallery, Budapest
“The Draughtsman’s Contract”, Arsenal Gallery, Białystok
“Communication with Everything that Is”, Stefan Gierowski Foundation, Warsaw
“Weeping, Dreaming, Fucking, Laughing”, Wschód Gallery, Warsaw

2017
“The Simultaneity Of Events”, Centre Of Contemporary Art in Toruń, Toruń
“Biennale de La Biche, Grand cul de sac marin”, Guadeloupe