Shaped Reality

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April 4th, 2014 - May 6th, 2014
Opening: April 4th, 2014 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Other (outside main areas)
painting, figurative, pop, drawing, sculpture, mixed-media, conceptual



Galerie KunstKomplex
Hofaue 54, Wuppertal, Germany

April 04 – May 06, 2014
Opening Reception April 04 from 7 to 10 pm

Small format paintings by Michał Plata, just nominated for the Eberhard-Dietzsch Art Award, meet Op-Art objects of LA based artist Valerie Wilcox, both shaping the reality in their own
special way.

Plata's paintings are based on the idea of time and the mechanism of memory, reflecting the omnipresent flood of images that surrounds us. Each painting is an intuitive reaction that represents a process of working through removing the distinctiveness of form. The motives, mostly bodies, faces and places remain in a blurry state between figuration and abstraction.

Wilcox’s objects are based on the interplay between light and shadow; a reflection on the nature of the constructed environment that we live in and on perceptions of our own identity. Sculpturally there are areas that play with the structural idea of space and perception, but not necessarily the reality of it. By working between the two dimensional plane and the three dimensional structure, her
constructions intend to pull you back and forth between illusion and reality, and explore how our brains work to piece together disparate components.

MICHAŁ PLATA born 1985 in Kowary, Poland. Studied fine arts at the Academy of Fine Arts Mainz and transportation design at the University of Applied Arts Pforzheim (Germany). He currently lives and works in Munich.

VALERIE WILCOX born in San Diego, California. Studied fine arts and graphic design. Her work and expansive installations have been shown at Torrance Art Museum, San Jose Institute of
Contemporary Art and San Luis Obispo Museum of Art. She currently lives and works in Los Angeles.

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