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Margaret Inga Wiatrowski
New York, NY
Neighborhood: Williamsburg



ARTIST STATEMENT: Dumb Time, Meaningless Objects, and Insincere Aftermaths

These drawings are constructed realities; artificial environments that stage scenarios emanating from imperceptible disturbances or unknown, obscure forces. They document places, objects, and creatures transformed beyond usual recognition- the forgotten, the lost, and the disappearing– semi-distinguishable scenes that resemble our own world, abundant with the leftover detritus of uncertain places and eras, often filled with the deceptively synthetic, ignored, distorted, spoiled, broken, and discarded.
These are the imagined worlds I want to rescue- with all of their damaged objects, and the false stories they tell. They are places that exist just below the surface, and extricating them means exploring the increasingly permeable border between the artificial and the natural, cherished and forsaken, living and lifeless.
I’m especially interested in using drawing to depict these scenes because it is an ideal medium to embrace these types of memory objects, this type of obsolescence. Drawing, as a labor-intensive impulse, is an act that privileges time spent, mindfulness, and attention as forms of commitment in their own right, and counteracts the rapid dissemination of information that defines our current age. These drawings evoke a turn away from the reality of fleeting things (the ephemeral quality of the digital sphere, the flickering nature of sound-bite culture, the preoccupation with immediacy, the gradual transition away from physical objects such as books, newspapers and records to their electronic equivalents), to allow for the opportunity to experience a spell of stillness, that rare quality in a frenetic culture- to create moments that exist beyond temporality.
Delicate, broken surfaces, remnants of a material world, time collapses, create deliberately entropic, enigmatic places where what is left seems like a void- leaving only darkened abstraction and a silent, mute exuberance. In the end, these views form worlds fraught with inexplicable occurrences followed by inexplicable aftermaths—imagined ontologies, filled with vestiges of dystopian reverie, an intermingling of uncertainty, and the frailty and filth of spaces that know no specific locations-- only a world that has not yet been cleared away.
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ARTIST RESUME:






MARGARET INGA WIATROWSKI

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162 Stanton St. *C New York, NY 10002

margaret@margaretinga.com

www.margaretinga.com


Education

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Pratt Institute

M.S. Communications Design, 2004, New York, NY


Barnard College, Columbia University

B.A. English, 2001, New York, NY



Exhibitions, Awards & Publications

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2011


New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) 2011 Fellowship in Drawing/Printmaking/Book Arts

Postmedieval: Journal of Medieval Cultural Studies, Cover Art with Introduction, Volume 2, Issue 1: The Animal Turn

Verge Art Brooklyn, Brooklyn Art Fair, Dumbo, Brooklyn, NY



2010


Reframing Photography: Photographic Theory and Practice, Rutledge Press, Print and Online Feature

Diffusion Magazine: Volume II, Elements, Spring issue, Print Feature

ArtBridge 2010: In Plain Site: Public Art Installation, 23rd Street Scaffolding, Chelsea, NY

I Made an Art Music and Art Space: A Private Eyes Collective Exhibit Curated by Alyssa Fridgen, Red Hook, Brooklyn

The Wassaic Project: Sea Change, Curated by Feature Shoot’s Alison Zavos, Wassaic, NY

Nurture Art Gallery: Idle Time/Busy Mind, Brooklyn, NY

The Work Office: A Project & exhibit Sponsored by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, New York, NY

WORK Gallery: I Heart Art, Red Hook, Brooklyn, NY



2009

Rabbithole Gallery: Underground, Dumbo, Brooklyn, NY.

Carpaccio Magazine: Uncertain Glory of an April Day, April issue.

Invisible City: Transience/Transgression, April issue.

Claire Oliver Gallery: Nurture Art Benefit, New York, NY.



2008

Lana Santorelli Gallery: Falling Away, New York, NY.

F-Stop Magazine: Group Exhibit, December issue.

Itch Magazine South Africa: Margaret Inga: Artificial Terrains, October 2008 issue

F-Stop Magazine: Group Exhibit, August issue.

Third Eye Magazine: Feature article: Margaret Inga’s Alternate Realities, Feb. issue.

F-Stop Magazine: Group Exhibit, February issue.

James Cohan Gallery: Nurture Art Benefit, New York, NY.



2006

Capla Kesting Fine Art: Fountain Art Fair, New York, NY.

Capla Kesting Fine Art: Women in Contemporary Art, Brooklyn, NY.

Fuse Gallery: Submission, New York, NY.



2005

Green Street Space: Storefront Oddity: Vacant Spaces, Brooklyn, NY.

Kevin Connolly Gillespie Custom Art Gallery: Across the Williamsburg Bridge, Brooklyn NY.

Readyset: Staff Show, Brooklyn, NY.



2004

Pratt Manhattan Gallery: Pratt Thesis Exhibit, New York, NY.

Readyset: Staff Show, Brooklyn, NY.



2001

The Kitchen: Plot, New York, NY.

Columbia University: Reproduce, New York, NY.



2000

Columbia University, Shades of Black, New York, NY.

Kamphoefner Gallery, Elsewheres, Raleigh, NC.



 








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