Living in what she nominates a “cultish age of technology,” Polish artist Agnieszka Pilat paints heroic portraits of aging machines. Her work pays tribute to industry while confronting humanity’s fear approaching automation. Pilat arranges her machines in a formal composition, creating aristocratic portraits of the past. Her paintings are both witnesses and agents of change; looking back on human progress, yet acknowledging the decay of such endeavors. Through a formal approach, Pilat helps decaying products of human achievement transcend time.
The paintings act to commemorate and celebrate the wonders of technology. To Pilat, recording the role of machines inevitably immortalizes America’s industrial triumph. Having emigrated from Poland to America, she believes that ‘the greatness of America is the greatness of its industry’. Her unique perspective on the American attitude to technology finds form in her celebration of machines
Polish born artist Agnieszka Pilat is an award-winning oil painter . Having studied painting and illustration at the Academy of Art in San Francisco , Pilat has established herself as the painter of “tech elites” through her transcendence of traditional subject narratives. Pilat is currently artist in residence at the USS Hornet Museum and guest artist at Autodesk Accelerator Lab in San Francisco. Her work can be found in public and private collections in the United States, South America, China, and Europe.
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