Photography Classics and Avant-garde (results)
2 April 2020 7 PM CET

Zofia Kulik (b. 1947)
Portfolio 'Patterns'
Hammer price: 14,000 PLN
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Zofia Kulik (b. 1947)
Portfolio 'Patterns'

Hammer price: 14,000 PLN

pigment print/photographic paper, 51 x 51 cm (dimensions of each)
9 sheets, each work signed, dated and numbered on the reverse: ‘ZOFIA Kulik 2007 deseń 1. [next] 4/35
ed. 4/35
ID: 82747
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‘Ornament has a certain order and rules. If someone begins to make an ornamental-type pattern, first they must determine these rules of geometry and composition. When the rules are determined, the pattern multiplies and duplicates itself.’ Zofia Kulik

The publication by Zofia Kulik entitled “Patterns” is similar to a sampler in a shop with fabrics or wallpapers. In “Patterns” Kulik developed her presentations of patterns from different periods and cultural traditions. She maintains the initial pattern arrangement in each version, but she slightly changes and enriches it with themes used in her earlier works. The decorativeness of “Patterns” comes from the artist’s reference to fabric patterns of William Morris, Arabian ornamentation style, batik fabric patterns and Chinese floral ornaments. They restore symbolic presentations known from the author’s works in the 1990s, grouped in rhythmical arrangements. What appears in them are different types of objects: skulls, decorative draperies, dried leaves, vegetables and flowers, spires, shells, pointed crowns of banners. Each arrangement is accompanied by a human figure, which is a constitutive element of the “grammar of ornament”. Zofia Kulik used her “Archive of Gestures” where she collected in 1987-91 approximately 700 photographs of male figures displaying poses invented by the artist. The tangled, rhythmically repetitive patterns take the audience to the visual world of the author, presenting her previous achievements. The concept of this artistic sampler originated from the fixed idea of archiving black and white photography, skill and willingness to classify the visual images of reality and art.