For LISTE 2019, Raster presents a selection of recent works by the gallery’s artists, focussing on humans’ flexible identities in the context of digital imagery and analogue crafts.
Dominika Olszowy, who will have her first solo show at the gallery in September, deals with prophecies, omens and economies of earthly comfort and eternal rest. She creates objects, installations, performances, animations and theatrical stagings alluding to the surrealist imaginarium but composed into contemporary, posthumanist narratives, seductive in their sense of humour.
In the ambiguous paintings from the series The Last Day of Summer, Rafał Bujnowski explores the theme of the politics of light and painterly illusion in the context of human skin colour.
Janek Simon’s Polyethnic is a series of sculptures printed at home using a 3D printer and representing figures that merge ethnic motifs from India, Africa, South America, Europe, and Poland. The prefix poly-, from the Greek polus, means “much,” “many,” “multiple”; ethnic denotes affiliation with a particular culture, community or nation. The sculptures deconstruct seemingly homogenous identity concepts, which in reality emerge through complex symbolic and cultural processes, constantly (re)constructed and (re)negotiated.
Michelle Rawlings’ intimate-scaled works are a study of contemporary visual culture from a woman’s or girl’s perspective. Rawlings is interested in the collision of the traditional painterly medium and the modernist language of abstraction with digital reality: the structure of pixels and the dynamic of social media. Her works combine the lightness of virtual images with festishistic quality of materials, the canon of art history with the spontaneous and random nature of the Instagram profiles of teenage girls.