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TERRANOVA – NATACHA MANKOWSKI
June 28, 2019 - July 6, 2019
In Terranova, Natacha Mankowski questions her position as explorer, travelling constantly from places to places: landfill to cities, quarries to shores. For this exhibition, she presents a collection of oil on canvas and sketches on paper, appearing as a collision of landscapes. It is a profusion of masses in movement, added lines, grids, cut-outs merging images of mountains, marble quarries, lava, volcanoes into cityscapes, emerging a very unique environment, mix of all encountered sceneries.
Terranova is a pictorial research that have been given birth to the site-specific work The Squareon the occasion of the art route Play Station Sloterdijk (June 28-Nov 3, 2019) where the artist combines architecture, textures, colors and shapes to create a cityscape made of intricate perspectives and “trompe-l’oeils”. How do you create an imaginary city out of a flat surface? How do you project life into a leftover space?
In a multifaceted series of works, canvas, textures, and metallic structures are colliding into a playful environment, telling a story in public space.
Natacha Mankowski was born in 1986 in Paris. In 2011 she received her MA in Architecture from the École Spéciale d’Architecture (Paris). The artist aims to blur the traditional categories of representation of space. Her work evolves around an ongoing investigation in the immersive qualities of architecture and its practice as an all-inclusive experience. By radically liberating her praxis from its conventional tools, she creates spaces to return to the very essence of her view as an architect. As a start, Natacha Mankowski uses the perspective as a central device to catch her imagery and invites her audience to share this experience.
Opening: June 28th, 19:00