Kamil Kocurek

b 1990 Tychy, Poland. Lives and works in Gdansk, Poland .

ARTIST STATEMENT

The origin of my graphic art and the concept behind it stems from my personal interests. I draw inspiration from news and the media world, reworking them in my own way. In the face of global problems, threats and conflicts I want to address issues that I consider important. I create a specific space to express my fears, fascinations and interests, and then provoke and determine the form of my visual response.
The vision of my prints is intended to express the global problems of identifying war with games and play, resulting in illusory isolation of an individual from. I want to show the danger of reality that is described as games and play. These issues are extremely important in the face of an increasing number of hot spots that shape the image of the postmodern world. I want to draw attention to the atrocities of global problems and the ongoing blurring of the boundaries between the real and the virtual world.
The form of my works refer to the phenomenon of the non-reality defining the war, a metaphorical battlefield, simulated space set in contemporary times. The austere style I use is inspired by digital image creation and composition, modular systems, the illusion of depth, and location in a fluid and open space. Application of a particular perspective and going beyond the sheet of paper create an impression typical of multimedia-based activities with their unlimited possibilities of image creation. I wanted to show intaglio techniques, known for hundreds of years, in a whole new light, with a full range of new possibilities and complete awareness of the medium. Using digital framing, schemes and compositions I transfer the staged and generated images of war into the large-format compound print. Its ambiguity touches upon the unreal images of strategy video games and board games, a sort of topography of war, or innocent child’s play with toy soldiers, gives a view of real and at the same fictional battlefields.

Vita

Education:
  • (2015 – 2010) Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice in Poland (Ph grade)
  • (2010 – 2006) Secondary School of Fine Arts in Katowice in Poland
Work experience:
  • (present – 2015) teacher in Academy of Fine Arts in Gdansk in Poland
  • Awards and scholarships:
    • 2017: - Honourable mention, 45th International Print Award Carmen Arozena, Museum Real Casa de la Moneda, Madrid, Spain
    • 2016: - Main prize, 1st Xuyuan International Print Biennial China, Beijing, China - Main prize, 4th Graphic Art Biennial of Szeklerland, Transylvanian Art Center, Sfântu Gheorghe, Romania - Second Award, 5th International Biennial of Engraving Etching of Valladolid, Valladolid, Spain - Third Award, 2nd National Painting Contest name Leon Wyczolkowski, City Art Gallery BWA, Bydgoszcz, Poland
    • 2015: - Grand Prix, Ministry of Culture and National Heritage Award, Polish Graphic Art Triennial, Katowice, Poland - The Award of Rectors, Esteemed Graduates of Polish Academies of Fine Arts Exhibition, Gdansk, Poland - Young Artist Award, Students Graphic Art Biennal, Arsenał Gallery, Poznań, Poland - Honourable Mention, Students Graphic Art Biennal, Arsenał Gallery, Poznań, Poland - Medal, III International Exhibition - Contest of Small Graphics Forms and Exlibris, Brest Print Triennial, Regional Museum, Brest, Belarus
    • 2014: - Award, 1st Ex Libris International Granada Contest, Granada, Spain - Award, Hong Kong Graphic Art Fiesta, XinYiDai: An International University Students Exchange Exhibition, Jockey Club Creative Arts Centre, Hong Kong - Honourable Mention, 10th International Graphic Competition for Ex Libris, Gliwice, Poland - Honourable Mention, 2nd International Digital Media Triennial, Radom, Poland - Scholarship of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education, Poland
    • 2013: - Award of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, Warsaw, Poland
    Major group and individual exhibitions:
    • 2017: - The Game – individual exhibition, Wspolna Gallery, Bydgoszcz, Poland - 6th Guanlan International Print Biennial, China Printmaking Museum, Guanlan, Shenzhen, Chiny - Polish Graphic Art Triennial 1991-2015, Rondo Sztuki Gallery, Katowice, Poland
    • 2016: - 1st Xuyuan International Print Biennial China, Beijing, China - 4th Graphic Art Biennial of Szeklerland, Transylvanian Art Center, Sfântu Gheorghe, Romania - 5th International Biennial of Engraving Etching of Valladolid, Valladolid, Spain - 2nd National Painting Contest name Leon Wyczolkowski, City Art Gallery BWA, Bydgoszcz, Poland - Unreal war – individual exhibition, Aula Gallery, Poznan, Poland - Topography of war – individual exhibition, Ateneum Gallery, Katowice, Poland - 17th International Biennial Print Exhibit: 2016 ROC, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung, Taiwan - 8th Gdańsk International Exlibris and Small Graphic Form Competition, Gdansk Library of Polish Academy of Sciences in Gdansk, Gdansk, Poland - 9th International Biennial of Miniature Art, The Centre of Culture Promotion, Czestochowa, Poland
    • 2015: - Commedia: New Prints 2015/Autumn, International Print Center New York, New York, USA - 4th Bangkok Triennale International Print and Drawing Exhibition, Silpakorn University, Bangkok, Thailand - 18th International Print Biennial, City Art Gallery "Boris Georgiev", Varna, Bulgaria - 9th Polish Print Triennial, Silesian Museum, Katowice, Poland - Grand Prix Young Polish Print, Academy of Fine Arts Gallery, Cracow, Poland - Topography of war – individual exhibition, Spectra Art Space, Starak Family Foundation, Warsaw, Poland - Esteemed Graduates of Polish Academies of Fine Arts Exhibition, Great Armoury ASP, Gdansk, Poland - 25th International Biennial Exhibition of Modern Exlibris, Malbork Castle Museum, Malbork, Poland
    • 2014: - 16th International Biennial Print Exhibit: 2014 ROC, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taiwan - Hong Kong Graphic Art Fiesta, XinYiDai: An International University Students Exchange Exhibition, Jockey Club Creative Arts Centre, Hongkong - 10th International Graphic Competition for Ex Libris, Gliwice, Poland - 2nd International Digital Media Triennial, Radom, Poland - 15th International Triennial of Small Graphic Forms, Villa Gallery, Lodz, Poland - Mini Print Finland 2014, International Graphic Art Triennal, Hyvinkää Art Museum, Lahti, Finland
    • 2013: - 6th SPLITGRAPHIC 2013, International Graphic Art Biennial, Gallery Loggia, Center for culture Zlatna vrata, Split, Croatia

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