“In Karolina Bielawska’s series of paintings, created for this exhibition, tar congeals into segments of circles and arcs. Spreading on the surface of the canvas, the shapes resemble the organs of Le Corbusier’s Modulor. They seem to be as precise as plotted mathematical objects; like vectors in which direction has been swapped with texture and magnitude has given way to curves. Subtle and fluid, they simultaneously combine roughness and sophistication. The painter’s decisions are concrete, although the material she operates with is dense and resistant. Despite such rigid discipline, simple geometric stains of varying proportions here achieve poetry. They are capable of emotionally resonating with the viewer, setting off vibrations which allow one to slip with the entire land-sliding city beneath its difficult history.
The site-specific installation the artist realized in MOS fits perfectly within the physical limitations of the materials used, the surface of gypsum boards, and the gallery space. Without the necessity of reaching for external discursive tools, on the basis of the substances themselves and their artistic properties, phantom structures are summoned back into existence, resurrecting an amputated heritage. The essence of the place, city, and habitat, absent from popular representations, continues to want to manifest its presence.”
text excerpt by Jakub Bąk