The City Gallery in Wrocław has prepared two solo exhibitions of Marek Chlanda’s and Witold Liszkowski’s art that can be seen between January and February this year.
While the first of the mentioned artists will show a series of drawings titled “The 12 Steps of AA” which was completed in 2016, the other one will focus as much on the newest works made especially for the exhibition, as on older ones date back to 1970s.
Marek Chlanda doesn’t belong to the AA community. However, his attempt to capture the way of twelve steps - from addiction to the moment of getting out of it that an alcoholic passes through - was not only an effect of his knowledge taken from books, observations or talks with members of the AA movement. The drawings included in the cycle show his personal interpretation of rules that form the 12 steps process of getting out of the addiction. Interpretation that visualised on a paper, changed the written rules into an image.
Chlanda’s drawings, arranged on the first floor of the gallery, will show a single series of artpieces, which are extremely specific for his method of work. In fact, it is a drawing that stands for primary means of expression for Chlanda. However in a complex process of creation he complemented this medium with other different artistic means like painting, sculpture or video. As Jedliński wrote in the exhibition catalog: “The drawing, which by getting a shadow and weight becomes a sculpture. Which, by kinetically describing a space in a room becomes choreography”.
The “12 Steps of AA After Marek Chlanda” is a third edition of the art show, which by its definition, is a travel exhibition. So far it was presented at The City Gallery in Poznań and Abstainer’s Club in the same city.