Maria Gondek‘s work constructs tangible encounters that temporarily manifest themselves as material interventions in time and space. Working site- and situation specific, her work reflects on its immediate circumstances as well as the historical, architectural and social narratives that are embedded within. Utilizing kinetics in the broadest sense, her work is in a constant state of transition creating a sensation of connection between viewer and object embodied in the temporality of the install. Maria Gondek is interested in making accessible work that, with subtle humour, creates a generous exchange and fosters a feeling of empathy in the viewer.
Maria Gondek (b. 1985) is a Danish artist based in Glasgow where she recently graduated from the MFA programme at the Glasgow School of Art. She received her BFA from Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam in 2012 and attended Cooper Union, NYC in spring of 2011. Following on from her undergraduate degree she was granted the Mondriaan Fonds young talent STARTSTIPENDIIUM. In 2014 she was a part of School of the Damned, an alternative peer led Masters programme based in London. She has taught at Manchester Metropolitan University as well as European Exchange Academy in Berlin. Her work has been included in exhibitions as widespread as Reykjavik Art Museum (IS), Castlefield Gallery (UK), Like a little Disaster (IT), StreetArt Museum (RUS), Hotel Kapel Maria (NL) and Den Frie (DK).