Touching the Moon
Dorota Borowa has been longlisted out of over 3,000 entries from artists working in 67 countries worldwide for the ninth Aesthetica Art Prize. The longlist comprises 90 artists working in a range of media, whose selected pieces are published in the Aesthetica Art Prize Annual: Future Now 2016.
Hosted by Aesthetica Magazine, an international art and culture publication with a global readership of 311,000, the prize is a major annual event for British and international artists. The award presents a platform for creatives to engage with a wider audience through the publication, and it also hosts an exhibition for 10 shortlisted artists at York St Mary’s, York, UK, from 14 April to 29 May. Images of the longlisted works will also be shown on monitors in the gallery.
The book Future Now enables readers to explore the 100 captivating projects from the shortlist and longlist through images and artists’ statements. A series of critical essays also feature, offering contextualisation in mapping current trends in today’s visual culture. We hear from John Keane, Artist and Aesthetica Main Prize Winner in 2015; Sarah Coulson, Curator at Yorkshire Sculpture Park; Vanessa Corby, Senior Lecturer, Fine Art, at York St John University, and Chris Littlewood, Photography Director at Flowers Gallery.
Cherie Federico, Director of the Aesthetica Art Prize says: “We are thrilled with this year’s selection, which offers a window onto cutting-edge practice from around the world. The works explore how we inhabit the earth and engage with some of today’s most pressing topics, from ecological concerns to transitions in urbanisation and developments in technology.”
Eight Gallery continues its strong run of exhibitions featuring emerging artists with LUNAR by Dorota Borowa. Hailing from Poland but living and working in Dublin, LUNAR is a series of monochrome-esque paintings of moons, oceans and mountains and is Borowa’s first solo show in Ireland. Repetition and duplication play key parts in this show as works document the ever changing viewpoints presented by the natural world. Borowa’s larger ocean pieces take on the qualities of photographic negatives, a theme that is strengthened in her smaller mountain pieces which have the feel of late 19th Century miniature topographical tintypes. The show is well constructed with the different styles and subject matters interlaced to compliment and contrast each other and serve to accentuate the themes on display. Larger paintings bleed in and out of canvases and as you move around the space brush strokes come in and out of focus, perspectives alter with viewing angles and sea waves turn to sea floors then to mountain ranges and back again. Her moon studies, upon closer inspection, have the feel of a living organism and this deconstruction of the perceived frees the work on show and places them in the free space between reality and full abstraction. The tangible link between the moon, the sea and lunar movements is evident throughout but under the surface of these works breathes a respect for the aggression and harmony of nature.
Aidan Kelly-Murphy LeCool review