FROM THE COL­LEC­TION

The Daily Examiner - - MID-WEEK -

GRAF­FITI-X is part of a se­ries of prints by Gosia Wlo­dar­czak. Gosia do­nated the works to the gallery’s print col­lec­tion in 2010 fol­low­ing the Grafton Re­gional Gallery Print Night Fundraiser. The se­ries has four works – Graf­fiti-Q, X, Y, and Z. Each work in the Graf­fiti se­ries is a multi-block linocut that fea­tures a bold in­ter­pre­ta­tion of let­ters and ab­stract shapes.

Gosia Wlo­dar­czak has an im­por­tant place in Aus­tralian art and draw­ing. More re­cently, Gosia’s work rep­re­sents a con­tem­po­rary in­ter­pre­ta­tion of what it means to draw in the 21st cen­tury.

She in­cor­po­rates per­for­mance as part of her draw­ing prac­tice; the process of putting pen­cil and pen to pa­per is as much part of the work as the phys­i­cal draw­ing it­self.

Gosia was the gallery’s Artist in Res­i­dence in Oc­to­ber 2016, and spent a month work­ing from the gallery stu­dio on a num­ber of projects. In one of these projects, Gosia and her part­ner Lon­gin walked through Grafton record­ing the jacaranda trees in bloom pho­to­graph­i­cally. In what they de­scribed as an am­bi­tious project, their aim was to pho­to­graph each tree in Grafton and record them on a map. The com­pleted pho­tographs were only part of the art­work – the process of walk­ing and record­ing made up a per­for­ma­tive as­pect to the piece.

To co­in­cide with the Jacaranda Ac­quis­i­tive Draw­ing Award, both Artists in Res­i­dence in 2016 fo­cused on draw­ing, with Todd Fuller in res­i­dence be­fore Gosia. Todd and Gosia each have con­tem­po­rary draw­ing prac­tices that com­ple­mented the in­no­va­tion and ex­cel­lence shown in the JADA ex­hi­bi­tion.

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