Karolina Gnatowski was invited to propose a window project concurrent with our wood show, but not necessarily in response to it. However, her installation PPPPPresto! directly references the 5 male artists making “hard” paintings and sculptures out of wood inside the gallery space. Gnatowski’s knit and multi-media project actually incorporates live plants, rather than dead ones, and will evolve 5 times over the summer.
Karolina Gnatowski (American, born 1980, lives Chicago) received her BFA from The University of the Arts, Philadelphia in 2002 and her MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2007. Recent exhibitions include Tie Dyes On The Sunrise (solo), curated by Nancy Lu Rosenheim at the Bike Room, Chicago; Bauhaus Now at the Ukrainian institute of Modern Art, Chicago; R & D, curated by Britton Bertran, at Manifold Gallery, Chicago, and In Circles at SideCar Gallery, Hammond, IN. Currently Gnatowski has a solo exhibition curated by Marianne Fairbanks and Alysia Kaplan at Lula Café. Upcoming in 2012 her work will be included in Stranger Danger at Hinge Gallery, Chicago and More Than Naked, curated by Christian Rieben at Loyola University, Chicago.