Aspex Gallery, The Vulcan, PO1 3BF
Monday 01 October 2018 – Thursday 31 October 2019
Image: Marcin Gawin, PROMETHEUS, participatory performance.
Our Artist of the Month feature aims to promote artists' work and raise issues in a quick, informal way. November's Artist of the Month is Marcin Gawin.
Hello, what do you do?
Hello, I am a trans-disciplinary artist and my work spans multiple media and forms including performance art, video, sound, painting, sculpture and text. I design scenarios for public engagement in order to create art that is collectively made, felt with every sense and reimagined by every single participant.
Where are you based and how long have you been there?
I am based in Bristol where I moved couple of years ago from Cheltenham.
Where do you work?
I like working in my studio space. There I can have a perfect ambience and no distractions, but often I just work from home, on public transport or wherever I can focus enough to think, note and sketch.
What’s the best thing about your work space?
What does 'success' mean to you?
This is broad but self-actualisation and beyond, I suppose.
Do you earn a living from making art?
What makes a good artwork?
Strength, precision and indefinability.
What have you been up to recently?
I am working on a project which is a participatory process of reversed autopsy, and a series of works exploring dreams, genealogy and psychedelic experiences.
Alongside two other artists I will curate an exhibition that will go alongside Leonardo da Vinci’s show in February 2019 at Bristol Museum.
What have you got coming up?
A short performance as a part of Squash & Stretch book launch in Modern Art Oxford via Live Art and Performance Group (LAPER) on 21 November.
Marcin Gawin (b. 1994 Czestochowa, Poland) is an artist working predominantly with themes of sexuality, disgust and biology. He received BA (Hons) in Fine Art from University of Gloucestershire in 2016.
He performed live: PROMETHEUS as part of Push Point in Old Fire Station, CYN, Bristol, UK (2017); All My Friends Are Fucking Bitches as part of ELASTIC in Headington Hill Hall, Oxford, UK (2017).
Two people exhibitions: Purge, Menier Gallery, London, UK (2016).
Group exhibitions include: Watered Down in ATHICA, Athens, GA (2016); #WIP in Free Range Shows, Old Truman Brewery, London, UK (2016); Hans Brinker Budget Trophy in Hans Brinker Hostel, Amsterdam, NL (2015); Charcoal Works (collaboration with Megan Crua) in Hardwick Gallery, Cheltenham, UK (2016).
His works were published in Squash & Stretch book (2018); NANCY, issue 2, (Autumn 2016); Grill Squid Zine, issue 1, (Summer/Autumn 2016).www.marcingawin.co.uk (under construction)
Working towards a South West where talented artists thrive, and a resilient and connected visual arts ecology that inspires more engaged and diverse audiences to value and advocate for its work.
Part of the Contemporary Visual Arts Network