Paulina Olowska (b. 1976 Gdańsk, studied Gdańsk, Chicago, Amsterdam, l/w Rabka-Zdroj, Poland) #paulinaolowska
Chess Player 1, 2010. Oil on canvas, 69 x 49 inches. Metro Pictures, New York.
Emily Witt: "Her work quotes from a wide range of utopian Modernisms: the Russian avant-garde, Bauhaus, Esperanto, Polish cabaret theater. But it is those projects that deal specifically with the lost visual symbols and cultures of Poland during the Cold War for which she is best known. Her art often infuses quixotic optimism into visual relics of life behind the Iron Curtain, such as a project she undertook to relight an iconic neon sign of a volleyball player in Warsaw’s Constitution Square. Her most famous series of paintings, exhibited in 2010 at Metro Pictures in New York, adapts a series of postcards from the 1980s of women modeling homemade sweater patterns in stylized shoots. The show’s title was “Applied Fantastic,” a term proposed by the writer Leopold Tyrmand in 1954 to describe do-it-yourself renditions of high-fashion looks that were unavailable to Poles under Communism." source:nytimes.com #appliedfantastic #szachista #leopoldtyrmand #chess