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A visit of the steel giant!

Hala Koszyki once again turns into an art gallery. This time, we host the sculpture "Orange" by Krakow artist Paweł Orłowski, being a part of the "BOTY" series. It has provided to us by Sarapata Art Gallery as part of the project of Hala Koszyki/ENERIS entitled "Occasional Gallery."

It is the first time when "Orange" – a monumental steel sculpture by Paweł Orłowski is presented in the public space. For the three years since its creation, it has been exhibited in art galleries only. Since the end of August, anyone walking along the Hala Koszyki hall can admire this more than two-metre high orange "bot."

— The intention of Paweł Orłowski was to refer to robots which, as it is assumed, perform activities so that they replace people. Therefore, we can say that the Bots created by the artist depict a digital version of a man who is scary on the one hand, and on the other hand shows the power of the human mind — explains Camille Jedrzejewska from Sarapata Art Gallery.

Meeting the BOT is possible thanks to the "Occasional Gallery" project initiated by ENERIS, the task of which is to promote high art in public space. Artists and galleries from all over the country are invited to participate in the project. That is why the choice of "Orange" as the work opening the project was not accidental. Its monumentality and ambiguity result in the fact that no one can pass it indifferently.

About the Author:
Paweł Orłowski (born 1975) – sculptor, lecturer at the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow. His original style and unconventional approach to sculpture not only set him apart from the Polish community of active creators, but are also widely recognized by the authorities of the world of art. He is the winner of awards and prizes at Polish and international art reviews. He took part in more than 50 art projects, exhibitions and symposiums, many times in Poland, in Europe and in the entire world (e.g. in the United States and Canada). The "intervention" project was warmly welcomed during the Sculpture Triennial in Poznań, e.g. by Magdalena Abakanowicz.

The author graduated from the Faculty of Sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow under the supervision of Professor Józef Sękowski, and at the UDK in Berlin in the studio of Professor Karlheinz Biederbick. He began his work at the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow in 2000. In 2008, he defended his doctoral dissertation, and in 2009 he was appointed as an Assistant Professor. By the Resolution of the Faculty of Sculpture dated 21 February 2018, he was awarded his PhD in the field of Visual Arts. Currently, he is the head of the Visual Arts Department, and he conducts a sculpture art studio at the Faculty of Industrial Design at the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow.

Author: Paweł Orłowski
Date: 30 August – 30 November 2018
Venue: Hala Koszyki, hall

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