FIG Bilbao 2020
Travels are an important part of my private and professional life and they are a very important source of inspiration for my graphic work. I like to observe and experience new spaces, new architecture, new cities. Their constant, dynamic motion, their diverse architecture, are what attracts me to big cities, such as Buenos Aires, Rome, Warsaw or Łódź- my home town.
From many photos taken directly, later I make several charcoal sketches, which in turn become projects for my prints. I use etching, painterly hand-dusted aquatint and salt aquatint to obtain deeply etched grained structures which add another dimension to the image. Light and shade are the main themes of my prints. The predominant inspiration is urban architecture. For me the city is joyful, full of light, movement and energy. In my graphics I transform this impression into the dynamic space which is ordered by light. Although in my images I use selected perspectives to build the construction of space, it is accompanied by shade and light. Once it is the quiet dispersed light of the day, another time they are almost baroque, dramatic shade-and-light contrasts, or nocturne interiors saturated with black.
My works show contrast between majestic fragments of architecture, lasting still in space, and the element of movement suggested by circulation areas, roads, passages, crossed suspension bridges. I am interested in the concept of simultaneity of states of the soul described by Boccioni and the role of recollection in the image creation.
ABOUT THE BUENOS AIRES SERIES @ FIG BILBAO 2020
The prints presented in Bilbao were inspired with the architecture of Buenos Aires where in in 2019 I was visiting the unique Proyecto Ace Foundation. I was impressed with the monumental architecture of the city and particularly that of the historical shopping centre Galerias Pacifico. My prints show distorted perspective, combining different vintage points into one view- reflecting in a way the feeling of being overwhelmed by the glittering, dynamic spaces of the multi-floor building.
The prints were created in February and March 2020, when the world was starting the struggle with the pandemic and more and more countries were introducing national lockdowns. In Poland, as in Argentina, Spain and many other corners of the world, all shopping malls were closed and empty for a long time. In a way, my prints anticipate this vision of depopulated centers, which normally are flooded with people. For me, the common spaces where people can meet and socialize, even only while shopping, are sources of positive energy. This positive attitude is expressed with rhythms of lights and shades and rich textures of the salt aquatint technique combined with deep etching.
The participation in the prestigious Bilbao Festival is a great honor for me and a wonderful opportunity to share my impressions with wide audience, and also show solidarity in the difficult times we are all facing.
1978 | Piotrków Trybunalski, Poland
Lives and works in xŁódź, poland
Head of the Intaglio Techniques Studio at the Strzemiński Academy of Fine Arts Łódź
PATA – Interantional Summer Courses Printmaking and Textile Art coordinator
2015 | Post PhD Title of habilitated doctor (postdoctoral degree)
2009 | PhD in Fine Arts at the Academy in Łódź
2004 | Postgraduate Printmaking course. Academy of Fine Arts in Urbino and the International Art Centre KAUS Urbino, Italy
2002 | Faculty of Graphics and Painting at the Strzemiński Academy of Fine Arts, Łódź, Poland
2019 | Probable Spaces, Proyecto ´ace, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Parlando con Jacopo e Lorenzo, Oratorio San Giovanni Battista in Urbino, Italy
Perspektywy helikoidalne, Galeria Centrum Łowicka, Warsaw
Alicja Habisiak-Matczak. University of Alberta, Edmonton
2018 | Polish Interlacing- Alicja Habisiak-Matczak, Headbones Gallery, Vernon, Canada
2019 | 1st Prize, 2nd Mini Print International Cantabria, Santander, Spain
2017 | Honorary Mention, Biennale Internazionale per l’Incisione, Premio Acqui Incisione, Acqui Terme, Italy
2015 | Honorary Mention, XIII Biennal Internacional de Gravat, Josep de Ribera, Spain
2009 | 1st Prize at the 11th edition of the International Small Engraving Salon Carbunari
2006 | Grand Prix at the VI International Print Competition “Premio Bertoni”, Fermignano, Italy
2019 | Proyecto ´ace, Buenos Aires, Argentina
2019 | International Printmaking Symposium Flash Drawing Tour, International Art Centre Kaus Urbino, Italy
International Projects, Fairs
FIG Bilbao 2020
Artists in dialogue
After the landing of ´ace at FIG Bilbao2019, with Argentina as the guest country and the will of both organizations to expand their international networks, we have signed a collaboration agreement between both institutions: FIG BILBAO and Fundación´ace. Alicia Candiani, director of ´ace, becomes part of the Management Committee of Open Latin America with the aim of giving mobility to artists and their works on an international level. Also, this year we have once again been invited to participate in the fair, for which a prestigious group of international professional artists has been selected.
The International Fair of Printmaking and Art on Paper (FIG Bilbao) has positioned itself as one of the most important in Europe. This year, FIG Bilbao celebrates its 9th edition and, although it cannot aspire to attract more than 11,000 visitors in four days as happened last year, it has not hesitated to reinvent itself in an online format and, furthermore, it does not neglect face-to-face proposals insofar as their possibilities. Today the digital platform www.figonlinefair.com will premiere, offering 50 galleries and more than 500 artists that will be active throughout the month of December.
The works cover a wide range of prices and visitors will be able to enjoy the free and personalized advice of expert Elisa Hernando, who is in charge of the Approach online service. Among the creators present in this edition, it will also be possible to pledge on emerging talents such as Juan Escudero and Kepa Garraza, or already established such as Joan Miró and Eduardo Chillida.
Three containers have been installed next to the Bilbao Fine Arts Museum. Inside, all the works from the fair catalog will be projected on led screens that will change their content every 15 minutes. Until December 14 (from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.) they will be available to passersby. These are spaces that fulfill the function of the stands of FIG Bilbao, adapted to the restrictions imposed by the pandemic, and are complemented by the QR codes of each gallery that will allow access to the digital platform.
Alicja Habsiak-Matczak (Poland)
Guy Langevin (Canada)
Bárbara Madsen (USA)
Cecilia Mandrile (Argentina, lives in New York)
Kestutis Vasilinius (Lithuania)
Zhang MinJie (China)
Alicia Candiani (Argentina)