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piątek, 05 grudnia 2008

 

Agnieszka Czarnecka is thirty-two years old, has two children, two dogs and one husband. Since the new year, she also has a home in Podkowa Leśna and a space for her Black Gallery. She finished her studies in graphic design and painting at the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts, but she did not want to become a mediocre artist. She could not completely transform what she had in her mind into art. She is an organizer, the leader of the class, turning over a hundred and five ideas a minute. She searches out, changes and thinks up new ideas, she's an Adam Słodowy in a skirt, though it's difficult to see her wearing a skirt. In Podkowa Leśnia, jeans and boots are more practical.

It's a bit cold in Black Gallery. Agnieszka is wearing a sweater as she sits drinking wine and pricing paintings. The work of a gallery owner involves precisely pricing artwork, describing it, writing notes, e-mails and receiving potential clients. An exhibit opens once every six weeks. This is the second version of „Black Gallery", better and improved, and finally with its own space: Marszałkowska Street no. 4, app. no. 3. The place is a big apartment, entirely white, on the second floor of the Ostrowski building, built in 1906, the second building that was constructed on the mokotowskie circle, today known as the Circle of Unia Lubelska. Before she settled into this place on Marszałkowska Street, she looked at dozens of other apartments offered by the city, usually they were ruined and no one wanted them. The better ones usually ended up as parliamentarian offices. She took part in several tender competitions, each of which she lost one after the other. The women in the municipal offices started to recognize her and would tell her: "Ms. Agnieszka, you must have luck with love because you definitely aren't lucky in life". She tried to convince the city authorities that opening a gallery is a better option than a meat shops or a brothel, but with little success. Art, especially modern art, is rarely understood. Eight months passed, summer came and everyone left the city; her offer for an apartment was finally accepted. The place was a ruin. Divided by strange separation walls that were stuffed with the People's Tribune dating back to the martial law period. After peeling off several layers of paint, the pre-war layers began to show. The apartment had a fantastic color scheme: pear green, salmon orange, olive green in one room, in another aquamarine. And the stucco art was equally bizarre, with a fish motif, acanthus leaves, green-peas, and occasionally shells. The former resident must have aspired to for royal residence because this kind of decoration was rare in center city. Agnieszka hired a conservationist who restored some of the stucco. The rest she separated with a white line. White walls are a space in which artists can freely intervene. White walls don't compete with art. She polished the old floors. The carpenter broke down when he saw the effect: the floorboards were damaged and according to him, of no use. But Agnieszka decided to leave them because she did not have the money to cover a new floor and because she had a sentimental attachment to creaking floors. She painted the floor with white paint used on ships and resistant to scratching and putting out of cigarettes during art shows. In one of the rooms she completely removed the plaster from the ceiling, leaving a raw, cement ceiling with a drawing of the wooden frame. Combined with the two hundred year old chandelier, it makes a striking impression. The whiteness of the gallery played off well with the first exhibit she organized. „Two years in the clouds" with work from Dorota Buczkowska about Swedish explorers lost in the arctic. She hung up a white hammock between the white walls: a cocoon, Buczkowska attached a climatic map and photographs of winter emptiness: the images from photographs found on the bodies of the explorers who froze to death were recreated on canvas.

 

Agnieszka spent her whole life in center city, with the exception of a short period in Ursynów. The closed communities and shops with children's clothing did not suit her. For her, Ursynów is a strange neighborhood, a place where she once spent time drinking beer with friends, but not a place to live. She returned to her apartment on Avenue Jerozolimskie in the center of Warsaw with an escort agency opposite her building. Then there came a day, when she said to herself: I'm a country girl and I should go back to the country. She changed her 85 square meter apartment into a 200 square meter house with a garden and a view of a horse stable outside the window. But a run-down shack of wooden planks also didn't suit her. So she chose Podkowa Leśna, a calm town just outside of Warsaw, with gardens, pre-war architecture and an unforgettable atmosphere. "If I don't have to go to Warsaw", she says, "I stay at home, feed my family and I fight with my husband". She finally has a house with a place for everyone, the kids go out into the garden and when they want to come back in, they knock on the window. She wanted to move into the house before Christmas so she was running around with a screw driver until four in the morning to make it in time. She was involved in the preparation of the house to such a degree that the construction companies wanted to hire her afterwards. She likes to find objects. She found a cabinet on the Internet. For the price that she paid, she didn't expect miracles, but when the cabinet arrived, she was surprised by its good condition and fine encrusted carvings of fruit which she discovered on the inside of the cabinet doors. She ordered a big table in the dining room to be made out of planks from an old stable cut into thin sections. The chairs, though, are white and modern, in a sort of Jacobin style bought at an affordable price. „I just don't want too much of a grandma feel". To create contrast, she upholstered old couches with modern fabric.

 

The stripes on the walls are her latest leitmotif. When she likes something, she goes all out. She began with modern black and white stripes in the dining room, then the khaki colored ones in the bedroom, and the colorful ones in the children's rooms. She was happy that the stripes marked an end to her fixation with cow patches, which she was promoting several seasons earlier. The remains of that period are two armchairs with a cow patch design, bought in Zanzibar for four dollars each. She wouldn't walk away without them but once bought she didn't know what to do with them. She ultimately sent them by post, packed up into big balls. She bought the house ready so she couldn't organize everything in her style. The parts that she really liked were the big windows and the sliding doors between the living room and the office. She united it with white. She lightened up the floors with oil and painted the walls white. It was supposed to look like a white page on which she now develops her interior design ideas.

Text and design: Aleksander Lesiak
Photography: Bruno Fidrych / LESIAK&FIDRYCH

Copyrights (text): Aleksander Lesiak / Copyrights (photos): EAST NEWS

15:59, aleksander.lesiak , ENGLISH
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