6.12.2023 - 10.12.2023 Events, Visual Arts

Marlena Kudlicka at UNTITLED Art Fair in Miami Beach

Location: Miami Beach between Ocean Drive and 12th Street, Max Estrella Gallery Booth nr B28

Dates: Wednesday December 6 through Sunday December 10, 11:00AM – 7:00PM (Dec 10 until 5:00PM)

VIP Preview: Tuesday December 5, 12:00PM – 7:00PM

Polish Cultural Institute New York is honored to announce participation of Marlena Kudlicka, a leading contemporary artist sculptor, in a group show at UNTITLED Art Fair in Miami Beach, represented by the Max Estrella Gallery.

The 12th edition of this years UNTITLED Art Fair will take place during Miami Art Week from Wednesday December 6 through Sunday December 10 with press and VIP preview at on Tuesday December 5, on the sands of Miami Beach between Ocean Drive and 12th Street. The fair coincides with the 21st edition of Art Basel Miami Beach, held from December 8 – 10.

Artists in the show: Marlena Kudlicka, Nacho Martín Silva, Miler Lagos, Daniel Canogar, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Inma Femenía.

Marlena Kudlicka (born in Poland based in Berlin) a contemporary artist who explores mathematical and linguistic structures in her work, focusing on the mechanics of spatial and semantic relationships that concern communication, language, and space. Her carefully crafted, often rigorous sculptural and relief-like constructions, for which she typically uses materials such as powder coated steel and glass, reflect the thought processes behind strategy of verbal and nonverbal communication, systems, equations, and formulas.

She is questioning to what degree “precision tolerance” is allowed in order to transform thoughts into physical form. On her journey between precision and error, Kudlicka is also a neo-constructivist, as she draws from the tradition of the historical avant-garde, particularly Polish Constructivism movements of the 20s and 30s like „Blok” and „Praesens”, co-founded by Katarzyna Kobro and Władysław Strzemiński, whose studio at the time was considered the “palet of constructivism”.

Marlena Kudlicka A 0,1% 0,2% 0,2% , 2022 powder coated steel 81 x 27,4 x 23cm © Marlena Kudlicka Courtesy: Max Estrella Gallery

Currently Marlena Kudlicka’s the newest two sculptural works “one more than 1o” and “one more than 1o. Ingredients”, 2023, are on view at the Kestner Gesellschaft in Hannover until July 2024. This commission is curated by Adam Budak in collaboration with Robert Knoke.

Marlena Kudlicka shape hypothesis test 7.1, 2015 steel powder coated 43 x 78 x 3cm © Marlena Kudlicka Courtesy: Max Estrella Gallery

For the Kestner Gesellschaft she developed a massive and filigree looking, elegant three-dimensional wall sculpture titled one more than 1o.  On a connecting line of about 19 meters, three large circles in the colors dark red, black, and pearl white are arranged at different distances from one another, accompanied by smaller characters like brackets, quotation marks, percentages, numbers, and letters such as an inverted 1, a capital A, and a lowercase t.

The ‘scientific predictability,’ implied by their vocabulary, becomes a poetic dramaturgy of sculptural form.

Don’t count on me, I engineer

On every move we make from here
I’ll take the lead
You take the pain
You see, I engineered this game
Animotion, I Engineer, 1986

Fragment of Julia Meier’s text Animotion (*ane, to give breath to) (motion) on Marlena’s two commissioned works for Kestner Gesellschaft.

Marlena Kudlicka shape hypothesis test TZ, 2016 powder coated steel, 34 x 51 x 3 cm © Marlena Kudlicka Courtesy: Max Estrella Gallery

Marlena’s work has been exhibited in various international venues such asKestner Gesellschaft Hannover, Hamburger Bahnhof Museum für Gegenwart Berlin, MACBA Buenos Aires, Galeria do Torreão Nascente da Cordoaria Nacional in Lisboa, Weserburg Museum für moderne Kunst Bremen, Kunstmuseum Bochum, Wroclaw Contemporary Museum in Poland, Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb, Zacheta National Gallery Warsaw, Museum of Art Lodz in Poland, Ludwig Museum of Contemporary Art Budapest, Skulpturenmuseum Glaskasten Marl in Germany, CGAC Santiago de Compostela in Spain, among others.

Her sculptures are placed in a few public permanent collections, in 2019 ‘0 comma A’ permanent sculptural work won 1st Prize KUNST AM BAU BTU Cottbus – Senftenberg Neubau Fluiddynamik and was awarded by the state of Brandenburg ; in same year 2019  ‘velvet mind marble thoughts’ outdoor sculpture commissioned by  Centre of Polish Sculpture (CRP) in Oronsko Poland for the museum’s sculpture garden.

Marlena Kudlicka shape hypothesis test f, 2016 powder coated steel, 28 x 63 x 5 cm © Marlena Kudlicka Courtesy: Max Estrella Gallery

Kudlicka’s work is included in institutions and museum collections as: CGAC Santiago de Compostela Spain, ARCO Collection Spain, Museum of Art Lodz Poland, Wroclaw Contemporary Museum Poland, and in many private collections 

Marlena completed residences at: 2016 Residencia Al Lado ; 2014 Cite Internationale des Arts Paris. Supported by the Berlin Senate Cultural Affairs Department ; 2008/2009 Swing Space LMCC New York ; 2007/2008 International Studio & Curatorial Program New York ; 2004/2005 International Residency Program Location One New York ; Akademie Schloss Solitude Stuttgart Germany ; 2003 Art Omi International Arts Center New York. 

Marlena Kudlicka’s participation in the Untitled art fair in Miami is supported by the Polish Cultural Institute New York, and Adam Mickiewicz Institute in Warsaw, Poland.

About partners:

Max Estrella (based in Madrid, Spain) was founded in 1994 with the vision to present both a new generation of emerging and consolidated artists from Spain and abroad. A coherent raster of artists represents our mission of breaking new grounds in contemporary art, whether it is video, painting, photography, sculpture and installation, with a special focus on new technologies. Max Estrella regularly attends art fairs in Europe and America, recently expanding onto Asia, and collaborates with international museums as well as independent curators. Max Estrella aims to find balance between innovative ideas and exceptional techniques and discourses.

Untitled Art Leading independent art fair Untitled Art announces 163 exhibitors in its 2023 edition, representing 39 countries and showcasing nearly 600 artists in its largest, most international and diverse presentation to date. The 2023 fair will be held on the sands of Miami Beach between Ocean Drive and 12th Street. Untitled is taking place annually on the sands of Miami Beach. Guided by a mission to support the wider art ecosystem, Untitled Art offers an inclusive platform for discovering contemporary art and prioritizes collaboration in each aspect of the fair. 

Participants are selected for their curatorial integrity and international reach, with several galleries coming from outside mainstream art hubs. Emerging artists, young galleries and non-profit organizations are supported through Nest, a new sector that offers subsidized booths to mitigate traditional entry barriers associated with art fair participation.

More information:

Marlena Kudlicka profile at Max Estrella: https://maxestrella.com/artist/10804/

Max Estrella in the Untitled Art Fair 2023 https://maxestrella.com/fair/untitled-miami-2023/

Essay on Kudlicka’s recent works at the Kestner Gesellschaft in Hannover on view until July 2024 Marlena_Handout_DE_EN_DD.indd (kestnergesellschaft.de)

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