Things which are…
14 July – 1 September 2007 at Oriel Davies Gallery, Newtown, Mid Wales.
Oriel Davies, Newtown undertook a research visit to Poland in 2006 to collaborate with Galeria Otwarta Pracownia, Kraków on an exhibition which will feature Welsh artist Andrew Smith alongside Polish artists at Oriel Davies, July – Sepember 2007.
’Things which are…’ is an exhibition of new art from Poland which brings together Grzegorz Sztwiertnia, Stanislaw Koba, Bettina Beres Beres, Maria Pyrlik and Olgierd Chmielewski – five interesting artists currently practising in Poland.
Grzegorz Sztwiertnia is one of Krakow’s leading artists. His work is multi-layered and references the history of art and medicine. For this exhibition, he presents video, installation and New History of the Painter’s Eye – a large wall-painting which he has created for Oriel Davies. The paintings of Stanislaw Koba and Bettina Beres are striking in their potency, power and simplicity of image. Using sound, video and photography, Maria Pyrlik examines the differences and similarities between people across Europe, while Olgierd Chmielewski experiments with chance, movement and accidental beauty through his delicate sculptures, propelled around the gallery on air currents.
Oriel Davies has developed this exhibition in partnership with Otwarta Pracownia and Wales-based artist, Andrew Smith, who exhibited at Galeria Otwarta Pracownia in 2006. Andrew Smith’s exhibition, En Route, shows alongside 'Things which are…’ which shows paintings which he made for his 2006 show at Otwarta Pracownia, Krakow, together with a major new work created for his exhibition at Oriel Davies. En Route presents large-scale paintings by Andrew Smith. Over recent years the artist has immersed himself in an exploration of colour and form. In these vibrant canvases, Smith pushes beyond painting’s usual frame, constructing shapes of vivid colour to extend beyond these conventional boundaries.
Andrew Smith’s studio in Harlech is the centre of his explorations. He is constantly challenging his processes and examining the language of painting, the application of paint and the marks of the brush. The artist states that the 'experience of the physicality of the painted surface is irreplaceable by any other means’. Andrew Smith is based in Harlech, North Wales and was trained at Norwich School of Art and Camberwell College of Arts. Recent international art projects include Identitades, Michoácan, México and First Festival of Visual Art, East-West-North-South, Katowice, Poland