Open Studio Mon 4 November, 6 – 9pm – Aspirus 06 & Scribus 12

Venue: ArtFunkl, 9 Holden Avenue, Whalley Range, Manchester M16 8TA

Artists contributing:

Agnieszka Lasota (Poland)

Ivana Salfity (Argentina)

Cat Volant (USA)

Adi Zilberman (Israel)

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Agnieszka Lasota

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Agnieszka Lasota researches social relations in a rapid changing word, in context of new media, social media and Internet. She transfers these contexts into visual conditions, and searches for diagnoses. She also looks for nonverbal ways of communications. The artistic nature of the development helps to extract the sociological problem out of the track chosen by an academic analysis. Additionally, her projects may cause fresh reflections or re-energised social debate, in which the themes for discussion will be community experiences and their role in the emergence of new social forms. The results of Lasota’s research into the above are shown as multimedia installations.

Constant transfer and movement are the starting points and motors of the work of Ivana Salfity.  Her interest is centred on the construction of identity, the passage of time and timelessness. She is attracted to the subject of distance and what it involves: time, transfers, the movement of people and objects. The distance between one place and another, between two subjects, between one subject and another, between people and objects, between a person and his interior.

As a child, Cat Volant, real name Catherine Garcia, always wondered why “big adult chapter books” never included any pictures. Being talented in both writing and visual arts, she combines both skills to create books of quality in both media. During her 6 weeks working in Manchester she has been constructing the first draft of her latest novel. Each chapter of the book is to include a full colour illustration, as well as black and white illustrations interspersed throughout. Volant feels that simply because a book is meant for adults it does not mean pictures are an unnecessary distraction.

The works of Adi Zilberman, in painting, collage and drawing, deal with darkness, sexuality and pain. She uses images from magazines and recreates the message of the composition by tearing and twisting them and by overlaying colours. The results enshroud the work with a veil of obscurity, strip away the vacuousness of the act of making beautiful compositions, and invite a re-reading.