7 April – 30 April 2006
North Freemantle WA
The exhibition takes its name from an exclusive furniture shop in Melbourne, near to where Gosia now lives. The shop sells state of the art, designer furniture of great beauty and great prices by Charles and Ray Eames, George Nelson and others. Gosia writes,
“people go there (we go there too) to look, to desire, to possess these chairs, sofas…..Not many can afford them. They (we) come home and visualise their (our) space with the dreamed of object which they (we) will never be able to buy. They (we) create a dreamland of an ‘exclusive’ interior design magazine lifestyle; but a dreamland based on delusion and longing for an unattainable paradise. Desire and delusion. But many think that they can substitute them with more affordable, ‘similar’, (well, almost the same) items from different stores, like Dare Furniture, Freedom, and Oz Design. Exclusive original and its replacement with an affordable substitute.”
The exhibition is an installation of three major works: composite panels of drawings taking the form of a sofa, a coffee table and a chair (with high off set window), each one occupying a full wall in the gallery.
Gosia Wlodarczak now lives in Richmond, Victoria, having moved from Perth in April 2005. In the latter part of 2005 she won the Hutchins Drawing Prize, Hobart, Tasmania and the $25000 art prize award at Whyalla in South Australia.
Gosia at PICA
Born in Poland in 1959, Gosia Wlodarczak was awarded a Master of Fine Arts diploma with distinction from the Academy of Fine Arts in Poznan, Poland (1984).
Since settling in Perth in 1996, Gosia has established a growing national reputation as a leading practitioner in the medium of drawing. In 2003 she was the only interstate artist to be invited to participate in Art On The Rocksmix tape at the Art Gallery of WA. In 2003 and 2004 she was the only Western Australian finalist in the Dobell Drawing Prize held at the Art Gallery of NSW. in Sydney, won the Joondalup Art Award, and was one of 13 leading WA artists to exhibit in
In 2004 she participated in the Fifth Drawing Biennale at the Drill Hall Gallery in Canberra, was a finalist in Jacaranda Drawing Prize in Grafton, NSW, received Second Prize in Hutchins Works on Paper Prize in Tasmania and held three solo exhibitions at: Gallery East, North Fremantle, Arc One Gallery, Melbourne and Helen Maxwell Gallery, Canberra.
In 2004 an extensive study of Gosia Wlodarczak’s work, NOW: Gosia Wlodarczak, drawing 1986-2004 was written by Dr David Bromfield. Wlodarczak was on of eight Australian artists featured by Artlink magazine’s September issue in an essay, Poetics of Agrophobia, by Dr Ian Mclean.
Gosia Wlodarczak is represented by ARC One Gallery - Melbourne, Gallery East - Perth and Helen Maxwell Gallery - Canberra.-----------
Gallery East represents emerging and established contemporary Western Australian artists, as well as specialising in the traditional and contemporary arts and crafts of Japan and those Australian and international artists who have been influenced by Japanese aesthetics.