We would like to invite you to a meeting which is going to take place on Wednesday, 12th of December 2018, 6:30 p.m., in the Herz Salon, giving the first presentation of the monograph titled Tomasz Domański. Pomniki Czasu, published by the Ośrodek Kultury i Sztuki we Wrocławiu.
The publication documents over twenty-five years of work of one of the most interesting Polish artists active in the field of action and ephemeral art. It contains unique iconographic material documenting the artist’s works. Apart from texts written by the artist, casting light on his personal involvement and motivation, the book also features commentaries, reviews, and critical essays explaining the reading of the Monuments of Time as a relative monument within the category of contemporary sculpture. A substantial part of the monograph is taken up by “Illustrated Autobiography”, revealing numerous facts from Tomasz Domański’s artistic life, as well as some details related to the production of particular pieces. The monographic exhibition of Tomasz Domański will also be announced, prepared by the Ośrodek Kultury i Sztuki we Wrocławiu (planned for 2019).
Tomasz Domański (author, publishing editor) – born in 1962. A multimedia artist creating ephemeral art. He predominantly employs natural materials in his work: water, ice, fire, wood, straw, ash, metal, making use of processes that are characteristic of them. He is active in new media – video and digital techniques – introducing films and animations as integral elements into his works. In 1993, he graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Wrocław, and in 2003 he obtained his PhD. In 1995, he spent a year on scholarship in India, at the university in Varanasi (Banaras Hindu University). He received grants from the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage – five times, as well as from numerous foundations, including the Pollock-Krasner Foundation in New York, the Laurenz Foundation in Basel, the Elizabeth Montag Foundation in Bonn, the UNESCO-Aschberg Foundation in Paris, and the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation in New York. In 1997 he represented Poland at the Ninth Triennial of Contemporary Art in New Delhi. In 2000–2004 he was a member of the Programme Board at the Centre of Polish Sculpture in Orońsko. He was nominated for the Paszport “Polityki” award. His works have been presented at fifty solo exhibitions and more than one hundred group shows. Since 2002, he has been carrying out his project of a symbiotic sculpture garden – WIEŻOGRÓD / TowerTopia, in the village of Komorowice in Lower Silesia.
Sylwia Świsłocka-Karwot (author, publishing editor) – an art historian, critic, coordinator and curator of numerous projects and exhibitions. Assistant professor at the Institute of History of Art of the University of Wrocław. Her research interests include art in the 20th and 21st centuries. Since 2007 she has been aligned with the Dolnośląskie Towarzystwo Zachęty Sztuk Pięknych, of which she is currently president. She is the author of a comprehensive publication devoted to post-war art in Wrocław: “Sztuka we Wrocławiu w latach 1945-1970. Artyści, dzieła, krytycy” [Art in Wrocław in 1945-1970. Artists, Works, Critics].
Beata Lubicka (author, coeditor) – studied at the Faculty of Historical and Pedagogical Sciences, she works at the Ossoliński National Institute in Wrocław; president of the Fundacja Dolnośląski Inkubator Sztuki.