A Room Without A View: Gosia Wlodarczak

Artwork: Window Shopping Frost Drawing for GoMA by Gosia Wlodarczak

Image: Gosia Wlodarczak (2012), Window Shopping Frost Drawing for GoMA, Detail.
Pigment markers on glass, Photo by Longin Sarnecki.
Photo :Courtesy to Queensland Art Gallery / Gallery of Modern Art Brisbane and Fehily Contemporary.

A Room Without A View: Gosia Wlodarczak

Exhibition dates: 28 June 2013 – 17 August 2013.

Open on Sunday 11 August 2013: RMIT Open Day 10.00am–4.00pm

Opening night: Thursday, 27 June, 6.00pm-8.00pm. All welcome.

Opening address: The Hon Heidi Victoria MP, Minister for the Arts.

About the exhibition

Between 10.30 am and 5 pm daily – until 5 July - artist Gosia Wlodarczak will be enclosed in a specially designed sensory limitation cube in RMIT Gallery, drawing without any exposure to the outside world – literally ‘drawing’ what she can see in the space around her. Audiences can view the drawing in progress via the live web cam streaming onto a screen within the gallery. This unique creative situation is in contrast to the artist’s socially focused practice.

After 17 days, Gosia will stop drawing and emerge from the cube to talk about her experience. Audiences will then be able to enter the space to reflect on the work. The project uses the language of drawing to investigate what Gosia describes as “an ongoing search for the reassurance, for the ‘material proof’ of my existence.”

Artwork: Shared Space, Wall Drawing for Glen Eira performance: in conversation with Brigid

Image: Gosia Wlodarczak (2012) "Shared Space, Wall Drawing for Glen Eira" performance: in conversation with Brigid, "Encounters" exhibition curated by Diane Soumilas.
Photo: Longin Sarnecki. Courtesy the artist, Glen Eira City Council Gallery and Fehily Contemporary, Melbourne.

“This project will be an experiment where I deliberately deny myself the complex stimuli of my senses, especially sense of sight,” Gosia said.

“By performing/creating my work while enclosed inside a small empty cube with black walls, ceiling and floor, I recall the experience of a person in solitary confinement, unable to experience the change, exchange and complexity of the world outside, or an embryo in the womb experiencing the womb as the whole universe.”

Gosia always draws her environment as she sees it, in real time - tracing and re-tracing the visible. The intention with A Room Without a View, as with her other projects, is for Gosia to record the present time in a continuous moment, to archive her space-time, all bits of present and her mind’s realization of now. She will try to translate her living energy into the drawn line.

“Isolation can distort my everyday perception of time-space which I see as always crossed/overlapped with time-spaces of others. During my short isolation I am going to probe and examine the effects of loneliness within the drawing and the possible mutation of conversation with my inner-self,” Gosia says.

“My aim is to create a new drawn reality, as tangible as the line structure can be. Gradually, as it organically expands across the wall of the room, I will live inside the drawing.”

Gosia Wlodarczak interview with Vincent O'Donnell Arts Alive! (iTunes)

Public program

Date: Friday, 5 July 2013
Time: 1.00pm – 2.00pm
Cost: Free.

Gosia will emerge from the isolation cube to speak about her experience. Audiences will be able to view the drawing in the cube for the remainder of the exhibition.


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05/07/2013 A Room Without A View Artist Gosia Wlodarczak emerges from the enclosed isolation drawing cube after 17 days to talk about her experience. Audiences will be able to enter the space to reflect on the work.