Xawery Wolski


Saturday, November 5, 2016 through
Saturday, December 10, 2016


Saturday, November 5, 2016 through
Saturday, January 7, 2017

Xawery Wolski

Xawery Wolski was born in Warsaw, Poland in 1960 and currently lives and works in Mexico City. Educated both stateside and abroad, Wolski’s work has been exhibited internationally and is included in the permanent collections of Fonds National d’Art Contemporain (Paris, France), National Library of France (Paris), Mordena Museet (Stockholm, Sweeden), and Museo Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, among others.


The process of making a dress, a common sculptural form within Wolski’s work, is long and laborious, as it involves the meditative component of constructing beads— a deliberate and patient repetition that starts from nothing and becomes boundless. Each piece is hand-constructed, fired, and then meticulously painted, all strung together by sturdy thread to create a sculptural piece in the shape of a dress. This process also reveals Wolski’s proclivity for travel—during each of his travels, Wolski collects the natural products of each county and uses these materials as the inspiration and basis for his art, with each artwork unique to its specific location. For instance, soft reddish clay from India, once baked, represents traces of fire. Each piece becomes endowed to a specific place explored by the artist.


Wolski’s residency provides him the perfect opportunity to produce a new sculptural work related to the idea of a dress, a consistent sculptural theme within his work. The concept of the dress continues to fascinate Wolski, and Lux’s locality would allow him to utilize his favorite material— local clay that gives rise to terra cotta. His new piece created in residence will be the creation of several hundreds of elements—dried, fired, sewn together using strong thread into the form of a dress. Once complete, this piece would accompany the other works on display, thereby representing Wolski’s practice that is informed by travel. This addition would also act as a link between the exhibited works that were inspired by his trips to Poland, India, France, Mexico, Thailand, Peru, Italy, and Myanmar, among others. Currently, the United States of America is missing from this link, and Wolski's residency piece will bind the US to his oeuvre.