“The Finger” is an exhibition that brings together the works of four artists – Zbigniew Libera and Przemek Matecki, represented by Raster Gallery, Warsaw, and Yaron Attar and Hadas Satt, represented by RawArt Gallery, Tel Aviv. Corporal, humorous and defiant, the exhibition includes new works by the four artists, ranging from painting and photography to sculpture and performance, and will be shown as part of 2017’s Fresh Paint art fair in Tel Aviv.
Zbigniew Libera presents a new ongoing photo series that he has been working on, aiming to confront the aggression of the current socio-political climate. In these violent scenes, the artist is always present. A previous series of staged photographs by Libera, consisting of black and white images, is also shown here, accompanied by a press release describing an imagined trial, in which all major neoliberal politicians, economists, and bankers are sentenced, and found guilty of having inflicted the global economic crisis.
Przemek Matecki’s pocket-size collage paintings take as their point of departure the literal and metaphorical excrements of contemporary visual and material culture. Deploying a witty painterly camouflage over quotations, stencils, and torn-out press photos, his works flirt with pornography and politics, only to win (albeit in a somewhat unclear way) the forces of evil over to his side. Matecki brings a particular, non-academic sensitivity to the painterly image and, at the same time, a counter-cultural energy that lets the paintings gain a life of their own, here and now.