81-86, 2010, from the serie »The Order of Solids«
Lightjet C-type print on forex & waxed black MDF, 119 x 162,7cm
Agata Madejska finds her artistic themes in urban space. In her photographic series she isolates architectonic structures, such as monuments and objects found in playgrounds like slides and swings, from their surrounding cityscape. Her very precise and slow working method (Madejska’s series consist of barely more than ten photographs and are several years in the making) reflects the perfection of the way she finds and treats images. The artist, born in Warsaw in 1979, takes an almost scientific approach to her topic. She researches, makes sketches and notes and searches for a long time until she has found her motifs. An almost conservative, yet decidedly artistic understanding of the medium of photography is evident in her works. She uses an analog method for all her pictures, no artificial light, and includes the natural weather conditions. Ideogram (2007–2009), a series of eight pictures each measuring approx. 60 x 45 cm, was photographed against a grayish-white sky. The series shows solitary high-rises that, with views concentrating on their upper sections, look isolated from the cityscape. The artist has omitted all interfering factors. These portraits of buildings are cool and delicate at once. They have strong graphic quality, like an architectural sketch, and are structured solely by the braces of the glass facades. In terms of color, the pictures are almost monochrome. A withdrawal of color is apparent in all Agata Madejska’s works, including the latest series The Order of Solids, which she began in 2010. Once again, Madejska demarcates her motifs – monuments, sculptures and fountains - from their environment. In the abstraction of the representation, it is sometimes the case that the objects from the public space that dominate the picture can only be deciphered by means oft he thin boarder, showing buildings and trees. Madejska is interested in their function as foils for a cultural context and can be seen as a powerful and at the same time abstracting exploration of history / the story and its representation. Moreover, The Order of Solids illustrates Madejska’s interest and focus sculpture, three-dimensionality and her understanding of photography as the starting and not the end point of her artist work. In presenting her images she always seeks to sculpturally expand her image space. It is irrelevant whether, as in the latest development of her works, there are actually objects in the space or whether this specific interest in space is expressed in the framing of the pictures. The precision of her working method is evident in her entire oeuvre – in the motivic stringency and her control of the print, form of presentation and installation. Text: Lisa Schmidt
Agata Madejska, born in Warschau in 1979, lives and works in London and Essen. She studied at Folkwang University of Arts in Essen and the Royal College of Art in London. Last year she received the scholarship of the Federal Land of North Rhine-Westphalia as well as a scholarship of the Arts Foundation North Rhine-Westphalia for a monographic publication. Her work was part of the exhibition "MADE IN GERMANY ZWEI" of the Kestnergesellschaft in Hannover. Alongside the Stuttgart exhibition, Madejska's works can be seen in "Twisted Entities. Contemporary Polish Art" at the Museum Morsbroich in Leverkusen.