Join us on Wednesday 29th November from 6-8pm for the opening of Moments of love and apathy: Part 2. A solo exhibition of new works by Kai Wasikowski, recipient of the 2016 Artereal Gallery Mentorship Award.
Moments of love and apathy addresses the recurring and transient desire for immersion in natural landscape. Spurred by a recent journey to the retreating glaciers in the Southern Alps of New Zealand, Wasikowski presents photography and multimedia across two exhibitions that consider the deception and hostility inherent in the conception of nature as a pure and holistic vision. With an abundance of information connecting global phenomena to daily actions, Wasikowski’s work explores the disassembling of nature as a stable backdrop to everyday experience and relationships.
This latest exhibition at Artereal Gallery follows on from the presentation of Part 1 of this series at Nicholas Projects in Melbourne, earlier this year. Part 2 of this exhibition presents a new photographic series of constructed environments that address the experience of ecological crisis as a shifting interplay between real and imagined phenomena. By integrating hydrographics into his process – a printing technique used to render objects with camouflage in firearm, automotive and hunting applications – Wasikowski deconstructs Romantic renditions of nature into synthetic and hybrid ecologies. The images are at once reality, simulation and dystopian display window.
Kai Wasikowski is a Sydney-based artist whose work considers what it means to be ecologically aware. Utilising photography, readymade materials and multimedia, Wasikowski draws together aesthetic signifiers of technology and nature to explore the increasing intimacy of these binary terms and the emotional environments their meshing creates.
Wasikowski completed a Bachelor of Visual Arts (First Class Honours with University Medal) at the Sydney College of the Arts in 2016 and was awarded the Deans Award for Honours and the 2016 Artereal Gallery Mentoring Award. Wasikowski’s work was recently shown in ‘Hatched: National Graduate Show’ at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts where he was awarded the 2017 Schenberg Art Fellowship.
Solo exhibitions include; Lux, the Corner Cooperative, Sydney, 2015 and Taking Liberties, Photo Access, Canberra, 2015. Recent group exhibitions include Nice One Picasso, Sydney College of the Arts Galleries, Sydney; Habitual Ritual, ANCA Gallery, Canberra, 2016; Ideally Yes, Interlude Gallery, Sydney, 2016; Objectifying Elsewhere, Seventh Gallery, Melbourne 2015. Wasikowski has also exhibited in various emerging artist awards including the Young Artist Initiative, M. Contemporary, Sydney, 2016, Exploration 16, Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne, 2016 and was the recipient of the 2016 Art Month Sydney Emerging Artist Award, held at the Galeries Victoria, Sydney. Kai is currently artist in residence at Square One Studios in Sydney.