Agata Ingarden

BORN 1994, Kraków

Agata Ingarden was born in 1994 in Kraków. She graduated from École des Beaux-Arts de Paris, and studied also at Cooper Union School of Art in New York. She creates sculptures, objects and installations which combine industrial materials (metal, silicone) with natural ones: wood, sugar, oyster shells, beeswax, or butterflies preserved in salt. Her complex multipart installations are often supplemented with narrative elements such as sound and video. Agata Ingarden’s practice can be seen as a commentary on ambiguous relationships between nature and technology in the age of Anthropocene – or maybe even a vision of a post-apocalyptic world without humans. The artist lives and works in Paris.

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Agata Ingarden

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2018 / coated steel, oyster shells, carbonized sugar / 150 × 80 × 43 cm / no. 0178    Wróć
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Agata Ingarden's sculpture is a kind of an hourglass, in which the passage of time is measured by carbonized sugar dripping slowly into a vessel built from oyster shells. Time flow is irregular here – sticky caramel substance reacts to changing light, temperature and humidity conditions. Out of public view, the process is meant to be stopped. The apparatus is supported by a frame welded from metal sewer pipes. Partly organic, partly industrial construction has an insect-like feel to it, while also bringing to mind some kind of a device or a piece of furniture. The artwork was exhibited for the first time in 2018 in Piktogram gallery as a part of a solo show DOM (The House). The objects included in the show were accompanied by video footage of the sculptures in the scenography of an abandoned seaside property. You can sense the human presence and the impact of civilisation in Agata Ingarden’s works, but people themselves are absent from the picture. The viewer becomes a witness of a quiet spectacle in which inanimate creations of human technology come to life thanks to the processes of nature.

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