September 1–29, 2016
Opening: First Thursday, September 1, 6:00–8:00 pm
Sylwia Tur’s interests lie in a variety of systems: language, architecture and design, distilled to their basic components of organization, grid, proportion and reduction.
Her new body of work, Image Space, is about the language of structures, space and movement, where she is exploring the continuum between the architecture of language and language of architecture.
When observing the world, we create invisible movements in space, looking for patterns and connections, making sense out of what we see. Tur thinks of these movements as gestures or vectors and is interested in how we form our own visual and semantic paradigms. By juxtaposing architectural objects, she intends to generate a perceptual awareness of space, access memory and create new spatial relationships.
Tur states, “In my creative process, I tend to avoid that which already has a solid representation in the world. Instead, I focus on ideas and mechanisms, extrapolating them into the objects I make. They come in the form of gestures and fragments of seemingly disjointed processes, and I task myself with finding their patterns and rules. I use analogies similar to the processes that come together to form language. Thinking of language as a system keeps pointing me in the direction of exploring the landscape of systems present around us. I see architecture as a system of processes and treat its organized and multi-dependent nature as a canvas for my work, a starting point. It is on that canvas that I build my linguistic systems.”
About the Artist: Sylwia Tur is a sculptor and installation artist who works primarily in porcelain. Born and raised in Poland, she received her MA and BA in Linguistics from the University of Washington, where she also completed post-baccalaureate studies in ceramics. Tur’s work has been exhibited nationally, including solo exhibitions at the Linda Hodges Gallery, Monarch Contemporary Gallery, the Bellevue Arts Museum, the PNW Gallery, and the UW Ceramics Gallery. She is a recipient of the Artist Trust GAP Grant, the Regional Exhibition Award from the National Council of Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA), and an Individual Artist Grant from 4Culture. Her artwork is held in private and public collections in Australia, France, Poland, and the United States. In addition to her art practice, Tur works as a linguist, a field from which she continues to draw inspiration. She lives in West Seattle with her partner who is an architect, and a Harrier Hound named Glinka (which means “clay” in Polish).