Artist Floor Talk: Damon Kowarsky

event date: 
Saturday, 2 March 2019 - 1:00pm

Join Damon Kowarsky for a guided tour of Sans Frontières and floor talk by the artist on Saturday 2 March 2019 from 1-2pm.

+ Free, no bookings required.

+ Light refreshments provided

+ Hearing loop and wheelchair accessible.

+ Suitable for all ages.

San Frontières

Contained within the many structures that man has built across the earth for habitation, ritual and gathering is an inherent power. Each tower of stone or brick, steel, concrete or plaster is an embodiment of social, political, individual or collective decisions that describe narratives of culture, power and agency. These narratives are generally considered to resonate outwards, originating from an internal place and with an individual voice. Damon Kowarsky’s oeuvre presents an alternative to this way of seeing and understanding structure and its relationship with place. By applying his archaeological-eye to diverse urban and rural scenes, Kowarsky renders views beyond and between structures to reveal their relational narrative; one that is global, interconnected and ever-emerging. Sans Frontières is a survey of prints, paintings and drawings created by Kowarsky between 2008 and 2018  that collectively tell the story of places often relegated to the margins of vision. At its heart, the exhibition examines how looking, orientation and perspective can uncover narratives of culture, power and agency that are embedded in structures and expressed through the spaces they create, spaces that are constrained by the human psyche that has constructed the labyrinth.

Damon Kowarsky

Damon Kowarsky is a Melbourne-based artist working across drawing, printmaking and painting. He uses formal craftsmanship and precise art-making techniques to interrogate and interpret architectural exteriors and non-private spaces; a process that reveals the nature of contemporary social realities (the collective experiences of individual encounters with the physical world and other people) across the world. Notable for their pristine finish and tactile nature, Kowarsky’s oeuvre (informed by his frequent travels and training as a scientific, courtroom, and archaeological illustrator) presents factual reality as an illusion that is conjured in the realms of collective imagination. This illusion takes on many guises in Kowarsky’s works and is often manifests as absurd and subtly unfamiliar representations, testing the boundary between the ordinary and spectacle.

Since completing his studies in printmaking at the Victorian College of the Arts and Glasgow School of Art, and Advanced Figure Drawing at RMIT, Kowarsky has travelled extensively and regullarly exhibits in South Asia, Europe and the Middle East. Kowarsky is the recipient of numerous prizes and awards including the Toyota Community Spirit Artist Travel Award, Australian Print Workshop Collie Print Trust Emerging Victorian Printmakers Scholarship, Creative Victoria New Works Grant and an Australia Council Asia-Australia Creative Partnerships Grant. He is represented in a number of public and private collections in Australia and internationally. Kowarsky is currently undertaking a printmaking residency in Tianjin, China with fellow printmaker Hyun Ju Kim.

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Exhibition Catalogue

Click here to access the exhibition catalogue for Sans Frontières.


Image credit: Damon Kowarsky, Dinan IV, 2018.