If you're an artist, what kind of art do you make?
Conceptual, Installation, Sculpture
Marlena Kudlicka completed her MA in painting and drawing at Academy of Fine Art in Poznan, Poland in 1998.
She currently lives and works between New York and Poland.
Kudlicka’s work has been seen in solo shows at Kunstahus Raskolnikow, Dresden 2008; ISCP NYC 2007; Insitute in Glasspavilion, Berlin 2007; Location One, New York 2005.
Selected group shows include: 'Pseudonym Project' NY 2010; ‘Difference Beyond Difference’, Slodownia, PL 2009; Void +, Tokyo 2009; LMCC Open House, NYC 2009; Cento de las Artes, Salamanca, Mexico 2009; Edge Zones, Miami 2009; CASYC, Santander, Spain 2008; 98weeks, Beirut, Lebanon 2008; White Box, NYC 2006; ‘Basis & Igel’ Projectroom for Museumsnacht Berlin 2006; Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart 2005 ; Rgallery, Poznan, 2004 ; City Gallery, Bielsko Biala, PL 2003 ; City Gallery, Wroclaw PL 2003 ; Art Omi NY 2003 ; Young Art ‘novart’, Krakow PL 2002.
She has also participated in residency programs at Swing Space LMCC, NYC 2008/09; ISCP NYC 2007/08; Akademie Schloss Solitude Stuttgart 2003/05; Location One NYC 2004/05; Art Omi NY 2003.
Kudlicka received following grants: A. Mickiewicz Insitute Grant 2010; IAM, Poland 2009; NCK for ISCP, NYC 2007; MKiDN, travel grant 2006; Trust For Mutual Understanding Foundation, New York 2004/2005; Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart 2003-2004; Alfred Jurzykowski Foundation, New York 2003; Young Art Grant in Painting and Installation, Poznan 2002; Grant of The Head of Academy of Fine Art, Poznan PL 1997/1998.
About my artwork
Kudlicka’s projects include site-specific installations that are created for particular spaces and architectural urban landscapes. In the installations and architectonic interventions she focuses on deciphering the societal and historic implications of architectures and their surroundings.
Kudlicka uses quotes and elements of the avant-garde and re-evaluates their contemporary relevance. By doing so, she combines “high” material such as polished metal with “low” materials such as MDF, concrete, bitumen, and roofing paper, often connecting them with lettering and characteristic typography. Her installations thus combine constructivist elegance with a certain DIY gesture.
Marlena is interested in spaces of uncertainty and she derives her artistic inspiration from the observation of urban topography, its fragments and utilization of fundamentals such as structural foundations, existing holes, cracks, blind zones and steel constructions found in mostly ignored situations. She animates architectural remnants, investor's ruins and construction materials and with these elements produces sculptures and site specific work that reexamine a given space.
Marlena works with sense of scale as a physical and mental notion, in which she investigates dimensional unpredictability and the irrelevance in how we sculpt memories of time, distance or weight.
In her work Kudlicka also uses text - words which create ephemeral moments that fail to stay in our memory as definable images.