Philomene Pirecki, Wysing Polyphonic, performance still
Somerset House Studios resident

Philomene Pirecki

Multidisciplinary artist working with photography, painting, sculpture, installation and sound.

Somerset House Studios
New Wing

Philomene Pirecki’s work deals with how time, memory and perception can materialise in images, objects and sonic performance. Her sound work is built around recordings generated by her own body and electromagnetic energy. Using somatic rhythms such as vocal drones, variations in her heartbeats, layered breathing, physical and emotional states; she shapes this into resonant sonic material and visceral basslines. In a diverse practice including photographs that will unfold over the duration of her lifetime, or work that references the changing frequency standards and technologies used for measuring time itself, Pirecki’s work addresses the temporalities and impermanence of lived experience and our attempts to hold and structure it.

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Installation view in ‘we lay here for a while, our feelings running deep’, solo exhibition at Supplement, New York, 2017
Installation view in ‘we lay here for a while, our feelings running deep’, solo exhibition at Supplement, New York, 2017

She has recently exhibited or performed at Café Oto, London; Wysing Polyphonic music festival; South London Gallery; Supplement, NYC; Chelsea Space, London; Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland; Pace gallery, London; Palais des Beaux-Arts, Paris; State of Concept, Athens. In 2013 Pirecki was shortlisted for the Max Mara Art Prize for Women. She co-runs Casa Delirium clubnight / sound programme.

“[…] Pirecki’s canvases, wall paintings, and photographs forge subtle chains of thought that link together the temporality of the exhibition, the contingency of experience and its recollection, and the fugitive stuff of possession and loss.”

Tom Morton, Frieze Magazine, Issue 160
Image Persistence (Reflecting 1, 6th Generation, 2008-2012)', 2017, dye sublimation print on aluminium
Image Persistence (Reflecting 1, 6th Generation, 2008-2012)', 2017, dye sublimation on aluminium
Reflecting White (12th Generation)', 2014, colour c-type
Reflecting White (12th Generation)', 2014, colour c-type

During the residency at Somerset House Studios Pirecki will focus on her audio-visual work and developing a new live performance involving phenomena including bioacoustics, sensation, vibration and energy.

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Detail from 'Desire as a Form of Energy (Grey Text Painting 56, framed by text version 41 (2012), 2015) Oscillation, Circulation', 2016
Desire as a Form of Energy (Grey Text Painting 56, framed by text version 41 (2012) 2015) Oscillation, Circulation, 2016

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