Angelika Markul








all images from the solo exhibition Inside the Night
presented at Galeria Labirynt, Lublin (Poland), 2012
in collaboration with NICOLAS DELPRAT (paintings)


ANGELIKA MARKUL belongs to a young generation of artists, which has emerged over the last few years. Fluctuating between the fields of film and installation, she works using a vocabulary of simple, or even archaic forms, constructed of glass, wood, black foil, eye irritating lamps, or industrial ventilators. Certain elements constantly appear in her works, forming new configurations and arranging the space differently.

Tinged with contemporary romanticism and gloomy minimalism, her work is rigorously black, dynamic and unexpectedly contemplative. The artist treats space as a luminous sculpture you can walk inside. ANGELIKA MARKUL’s installations play with viewers’ perceptions in two ways. On the one hand, they show the world of the imagination blended with reality. They disorient the viewer to such a degree that it can be hard to say what is reality and what is artistic fiction. On the other hand, their three-dimensionality and lighting disrupt the feeling of spatial comfort. ANGELIKA MARKUL’s work is equally inspired by the world of nature, the atmosphere of places that do not bear the stamp of the past. The tales she heard in childhood also intrigue her and stimulate her imagination. Sometimes terrifying, other times poetic – much like fairy tales and legends themselves – her works deal with the most pressing aspects of human existence.

ANGELIKA MARKUL was born in Szczecin. She has lived and worked in Paris since 1997. In 2003 she graduated from Paris Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux Arts in multimedia, directed by CHRISTIAN BOLTANSKI. She collaborates with the Galerie Frédéric Giroux in Paris and Kewenig Galerie in Koln. She has participated in many international exhibitions, both group and individual, e.g. in Paris (Fondation Cartier, Museum d’Art Moderne Contemporain de la Ville de Paris, Méta Zone, MK2 Bibliotheque, Museum Luxembourg , Grand Palais du Louvre, Hudson au Grand Palais, Chatelet Theatre, Cosmic Galerie a Paris, Galerie Frédéric Giroux), at Castello di Rivoli, at Museo d’Arte Contemporanea in Turin, at Spazio Culturale La Rada in Locarno, at Kewenig Galerie in Köln, at Trondelag Senter for Samtidskunst w Trondheim, at Substitut in Berlin, at the ART BRUSSELS 2007, at Galerie Salvador Diaz in Madrid, at Musée BankART LIFE a Yokohama in Japan, at Warsaw Foksal Gallery, at Galeria Miejska Arsenał in Poznan, at CSW Zamek Ujazdowski in Warsaw and at the CoCA Znaki Czasu in Torun.

And good news: her work will be on view at Palais de Tokyo in Paris for the Modules series in December 2013.

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