Collages by Anna Kłos – ‘Ineinander’ („one in another”) is the newest collage series presented in Korekta Gallery. The title deeply touches the idea of collage art and at the same time is a personal artistic idea of Anna Kłos . Juxtaposing various materials, sometimes from different epoques and styles, mixing texts with imagery, conjuring associations through putting together universally known symbols, colors and typography, old papers with their specific beautiful look combined with deep black, introducing red as a dominant that compliments the monochromatic composition – all these features attract the eye and pull the viewer into the semantic game on the memory field. The carriers of this meaning are elements that bring to mind stories from the past but in a modern form. The artist puts elements together not only to achieve harmony and formally good composition but also to reach deeper emotions invoked by either obvious or surprising associations. The strategy, or rather artistic concept, is fulfilled by the choice of noble materials of amazingly refined coloring. The whole series is coherent both formally and ideologically. In each piece there is a record of visual game that ends with a message personalized for each individual viewer. Art is an epression of freedom, it doesn’t close on anyone, it doesn’t force to interpret, it allows perception to freely collect pieces of symbols and meanings and to remake them into one’s own, personal internal image. Her art is a continuation of the achievements of great masters of collage, Kurt Schwitters and dadaists. The concept of Anna Kłos’ art as well as the webpage run by her , oxymoronically named Retroavangarda Gallery, both have the seeking character, which opens new paths and at the same time is very respectful towards art of the 20th Century , especially towards the avant-garde. Referring to the achievements of modern art is an homage and an inspiration for creating the new avant-garde, or maybe even a new artistic quality of yet unnamed formula.
Dr Dariusz Mlącki
Anna Kłos – born in Warsaw. She specializes in poster design, book design and non-commercial collages. She finished her diploma in poster and graduated with honors in 1999 under professor Julian Pałka and professor Mieczysław Wasilewski. In the same year she has begun her didactic work. In 2007 she got her phD degree at Art Faculty of Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin for defending her doctoral thesis ‘Dadaist collage as an inspiration for my artwork’.
In 2002-2010 she worked with the publishing company Bertelsmann Media where she designed hundreds of book covers and layouts mainly for high-volume titles. She took part in numerous contests and group exhibitions. Since 2008 she has been teaching graphic design and giving lectures on history of graphic design in Warsaw School of Information Technology. Since 2010 she has acted as proxy of the dean at the Graphic Design faculty, she is also a member of the Senate of the University and of the Faculty Council for the term 2013-17 and 2017-21. In 2012 she received the Medal of the National Education Commission. In 2017 she was in the jury of International Poster Competition ‘Escucha mi Voz’ organized in Mexico under the patronage on UNESCO and in 2018 she was in the jury of international poster contest Ecuador Poster Bienal. She is a member of China International Design Educator Association (C-IDEA). Her professional interests include not only poster but also contemporary painting, graphics and art market. She is the founder and owner of Retroavangarda project.
Anna Kłos – Individual exhibition at the Korekta Gallery – photos
text by Anna Kłos
translation by Karolina Kłos