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Basia Goszczynska
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Brownsville



ARTIST STATEMENT: Proposing a new response to land art and reinstating craftwork into the political, I redress the value of discarded objects through sculpture, installation, new media, and performance. In so doing, I explore the psychological and emotional dimensions of our relationship with our waste and with nature.

My palette consists of colorful and durable manufactured materials that I source from trash and recycling bins or off beaches and roadways. I also crowdsource materials from environmental activists who I connect with online thanks to hashtags such as #beachcleanup and #marinedebris. In this way, my process is a vehicle for environmental interventions that allow me to both envision and enact a more just and sustainable future while engaging my community in the creative process. Once in the studio, much of my practice is still that of handwork: processing and re-imagining these immensely tactile materials with an approach that is both experimental and methodical.

My work serves to make all the facts that we think we already know, about global warming and pollution, stick more imaginatively in our minds. Though I sometimes fear that endlessly celebrating isolated examples of reuse and recycling risk becoming masked denial—as if upcycling were enough to absolve us of responsibility and put an end to our massive trash problem—I ultimately believe that art has the potential to play an important role in bringing about environmental and social justice by provoking important conversations and engendering in us the empathy required for us to take action.

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ARTIST RESUME:


BASIA GOSZCZYNSKA
b. 1985, Poland

EDUCATION

MFA, Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, 2016
BFA, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 2007

AWARDS

Vermont Studio Center Fellowship, 2018
Honorable Mention, Dave Bown Projects, 2015
Best of Show, Recycle, BWAC, 2015
Ray Stark Film Prize, Rutgers University, 2014
Film & Video Fellowship, Massachusetts Cultural Council, 2013
Audience Choice for Best Animated Short Film, Woods Hole Film Festival, 2012
Jurors Citation Selection, Black Maria Film Festival, 2012
Merit Scholarship, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 2004

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2017
Bannock, Mille-Feuille and Berries, curated by Jason Baerg and Tak Pham, OCAD University, Toronto, Canada

2016
Rainbow Credits, curated by Arezoo Moseni, Mid-Manhattan Library, New York

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2018 (upcoming)
Going Green, Contra Galleries and advertising space in NYC, organized by SaveArtSpace, New York

2016
Hungry Heart, curated by Gary Schneider, The Invisible Dog, Brooklyn, NY
Recycle II, juried by Elissa Goldstone, BWAC, Brooklyn, NY
If They Arrive at Sunrise, curated by the artists, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

2015
Expanding Wilderness, curated by Basia Goszczynska and Jason Baerg, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
Lilac Arts Series, curated by Melinda Wang, S.S Lilac at Pier 25, New York, NY
End Times, curated by Ashley Epps, Dress Shop Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Recycle, BWAC, Brooklyn, NY

2014
Status Whoa!!!, curated by the artists, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

FILM SCREENINGS

2012
Chicago International Children’s Film Festival, Chicago, IL
Notfall Film Festival, “Best of StopTrick 2012”, Leeuwarden, Holland
Nantucket Film Festival, Nantucket, MA
Brooklyn Film Festival, Brooklyn, NY
Black Maria Film Festival, US Tour
Omaha Film Festival, Omaha, NE
WAM! Film Festival, Boston, MA
Sarasota Film Festival, Sarasota, FL
Comic Con Int’l Independent Film Festival, San Diego, CA
Woods Hole Film Festival, Woods Hole, MA
DC Shorts Film Festival, Washington, DC
Dragon*Con Independent Film Festival, Atlanta, GA
StopTrik Festival, Niepołomice, Poland
Syracuse International Film Festival, Syracuse, NY

2011
Se-Ma-For Film Festival, Łódz, Poland and Lugano, Switzerland
Calgary International Film Festival, Calgary, Canada
Uppsala International Short Film Festival, Uppsala, Sweden
Bluestocking Film Series, Portland, ME
St. Louis International Film Festival, St. Louis, MO

2007
SAIC: Film/Video/Animation Thesis Show, Chicago, IL
Conversations at the Edge, Gene Siskel Film Center, Chicago, IL

WORKSHOPS & ARTIST PRESENTATIONS

Presenter, Artist in Dialogue Event, Mid-Manhattan Library, New York, 2016
Presenter, Slide Jam, Zimmerli Museum, New Brunswick, NJ, 2015
Stop Motion Workshop Instructor, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH, 2013
Animation Workshop Instructor, Woods Hole Film Festival, Woods Hole, MA, 2012

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Current - 2016
Artist Instructor, Studio in a School, New York, NY

2016 - 2014
Part-time Lecturer, 4D Foundations, Sculpture II, Media I, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
Instructor, Passport to Art, Zimmerli Museum, New Brunswick, NJ
2015
Instructor, Drawing Society, Zimmerli Museum, New Brunswick, NJ

2014 - 2013
Instructor, Intro to Animation, Stop Motion Animation, FCTV, Falmouth, MA

BIBLIOGRAPHY

2018 (upcoming)
Cold Mountain Review, Special Issue on Extinction, Spring 2018

2016
Dan Blask, “Basia Goszczynska: Reclaimed Wilds”, ArtSake (blog), March 22, 2016
http://artsake.massculturalcouncil.org/basia-goszczynska-reclaimed-wilds/



 








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