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The solo exhibition of Gudrun Kampl titled Skin is a story about the world that has two sides: soft and pleasant on the outside, bloody and dirty from the inside. Most of the works are made of smooth velvet ― artist’s favourite material and relate to the issues of oppression, war, self defeat and petty-bourgeois habits.

Objects and installations are Kampl’s favourites, she uses much less 2D techniques as her medium. Fabrics are the most essential materials for her. Using methods transferred from the applied arts, Kampl explores topics of matter in the context of human body, packaging, surface and identity. The artist most often utilises found materials, bearing their own “history”. She is fascinated by velvet not only because of its cultural potential, but also of abilities to absorb liquid or scent and to change colour. According to artist a touch and scent sensitive fabric resembles a carbon, it rewrites experiences and produces crucial for Kampl’s art intimate ambience.

Gudrun Kampl was born in 1964 in Austria. She graduated from the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. She participated in numerous artistic scholarships, among which were ones in Paris, New York, Brazil and India. Her works were often rewarded (Prize of the Viennale, Geist & Form XII Prize, International Prize for Painting, Leopold Goes Prize, Bauholding Prize, Kunst. Volksbank. Kärten-Prize), exhibited in private galleries (Galerie Steinek/Austria, Oskar Kokoschka Galerie/Czech Republic, Galerie Gallo/Mexico) and European and worldwide art institutions (MOMA/Brazil, Sanskriti Museum/India, Belvedere/Austria, MMKK/Austria, Museum der Moderne/Austria). Gudrun Kampl is in permanent cooperation with Galerie Steinek in Vienna.

The exhibition will be open on 26th of September at 5 PM within the 4th edition of Warsaw Gallery Weekend