Photo Exhibition Blazes New Trail with Paper

26 March 2013

With her sensuous photographs, Magdalena Podbielkowska Bisley’s new exhibition at Toi Pōneke, Paper Blaze, details the intricate interactions between light and objects to create images which are familiar yet mysterious.

Magdalena works with paper in three dimensions in her photographs. In this exhibition, she improvises with the fall of light on curved surfaces to capture lustrous and vibrant colours. “I want my works to be immediate and also intriguing - the subtle details of the works give people something to reflect on closely,” says Magdalena. “While digital photography is often used to create a fantasy, these works observe and present the explicit properties of constructed physical objects”.

The exhibition is built around shades of red, blue, and white. The large swathes of colour are more reminiscent of painting than photography. “Recently I’ve been using this technique with a wide palette of colours and colour contrasts,” says Magdalena. “While I’ve been tempted to expand this palette, for this exhibition I’ve deliberately focused on progressive variations in a small range of colours and compositional techniques”.

Magdalena is a recent migrant from Poland. She grew up in the Masovian region before completing a Masters degree in Film and Cultural Studies at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow. “My works reflect the influence of contemporary European artists, together with my experiences of the unique New Zealand environment,” says Magdalena.

 She worked has previously worked as a digital imaging technician at Archives New Zealand and as a library assistant at the National Library. She now focuses on art projects full-time.

This is her third exhibition in Wellington, and has been sponsored by the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Wellington.

Paper Blaze runs from 5 April - 27 April and opens at 5.30pm on 4 April, at Toi Pōneke Gallery, 61 Abel Smith Street, near the corner with Cuba Street.

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