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If the Summer Academy’s motto 2017 „Why produce art“ is a fundamental question, it is even more essential in the field of painting. Why painting now, is there any reason left? The famos artist Paulina Olowska knows many: „painting is an amusing, very clever, ancient, outgoing, silly, smart, stupid, groundbreaking, world-changing method of social confrontation and a tool for the future“. She can teach you how to use a painting for your own means, while having an intense dialogue with it at the same time. Through painting you can look on other things. Olowska did so, on Punk, fashion, feminism and the avantgarde. Beyond her inquiry into urban utopias, she also began investigating the ancient, the pagan and the feminine. More information and images you find here.
Though her paintings are obviously constructed, almost like staged settings, one gets the impression one might enter the fictional scene or parts of the image would expand into the real space. Subsequentely her work is not confined to the painted surface, it extends to other media and contexts, for example to performance and theater. Recently her piece „Slavic Goddesses“ (together with Sergei Tcherepnin and Katy Pyle) was enacted at the legendary „Kitchen“ in New York. She again revisited the Polish artist Zofia Stryjeńska, basing the performers costumes on her designs.
Also well known is Olowska’s acclaimed performance „Alphabet“ she showed in several venues, like Galerie Meerettich in Berlin and Moma in New York.
Here she talks on her interest on neon signs. Come to Salzburg if you like to see one of hers in the collection of Museum der Moderne.
A longer talk on her works and occupations you find here.