Coker College’s Cecelia Coker Bell Gallery will present “A Moral Code,” an exhibition of paintings by Agniezska Pilat. The opening reception, which is free and open to the public, will be held on Monday, October 19, 2015, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. Pilat’s show will continue through November 13 at 4 p.m.
Pilat was born and raised in Poland. She moved to the United States in 2002, where she enrolled in The Academy of Art University in San Francisco to start her art career. Her work can be found in both private and public collections in the United States, Poland and China. Pilat currently lives and works in San Francisco, where she pursues a painting career while also working on a graphic novel.
Political issues are at the forefront of Pilat’s work. Influenced by Poland’s political reconstruction, which took place after the fall of the Berlin Wall, she uses inanimate objects as a metaphor for time. After personally witnessing Poland change from a Soviet-style government to a much-needed democratic society, Pilat made it her life’s goal to expose the corrupt political system that she experienced as a child.
“I don’t paint people. I paint time,” says Pilat. “Time is our most precious commodity. It defines who we are. To capture the concept of time, I place my subjects on the intersection of the present and the past—lives fully lived and dreams already dreamt—the people who ‘are,’ not the ones who will ‘become.’” Pilat will also be judging the 43rd Annual Student Competition following the close of her exhibition.
The Cecelia Coker Bell Gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday and from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday while classes are in session, and is located in the Gladys C. Fort Art Building on Coker College’s campus.