The group show ‚Once in Blue Moon’ presents works of Aleksandra Frankowska, Rodney Dee, Mindy Lee, Line Krom, Max Pauer, Niloufar Shiriani, Krzysztof Ślaziński, Susan Sluglett and Mamadou Touré aka Béhan.
The show makes the colour blue a holistic experience it addresses various senses: seeing, smelling, touching and tasting. ‚Once in Blue Moon’ at Galeria pod Atlantami opened on 3. February 2016. A great number of visitors came to revel in the colour Blue!
The title of the show picks up on an English saying describing a rarely occurring event. Despite the literal delineation the moon actually does not appear blue. A “blue moon” is a calendarical event, – a full moon occurring twice in a calendar month. This happens once in every 2,4 years. Taking the ‘rarely occurring event’ as leitmotif for the show the featured works function as gateway between art, artists and lay people. Many of the selected pieces were developed in collaboration between the artist and non-artists and invite for dialogue with the audience.
The blueness of the sky has always been object of human longing and phantasies. For Iranian artist Niloufar Shirani aircrafts represent a metaphor for the possibility to escape political strangulation and pressure. She declines the motive in various ways – in traditional painting and in interactive workshops with children.
The British artist Rodney Dee states „The colour blue is synonymous with the spirit, the sky, the water, the immaterial and the remote. … no matter how tactile and close-up it is, the colour blue is always about distance and disembodiment.“ Often his work is assembled of many individual shots or print outs of the very same image. This technique hints on the process of production through repetition.
Mindy Lee’s paintings grow and mutate, merging attraction and repulsion into enticingly monstrous hybrids. Her work „slips between decay and revival, where disgust and seduction intertwine through a revelling in squeamishness. Freshly served or exquisite leftovers, elements of the bodily, the abject and the grotesque beautifully fester.“ (Mindy Lee)
Polish artist Aleksandra Frankowska too reflects on family and parenthood through painting. Her recent works blend images of her childhood with pictures of raising her own son. While the images reflect on repetition of social patterns the colour blue all enwraps the sceneries into timeless distance.
The snapshots of German photographer Max Pauer often convey a subtle humorous punch line. He seeks out for the funny and grotesque. His recent series “Moscow” is about the political and social ambiguities in contemporary Russia.
Mamadou Touré aka Béhan lives and works in Senegal. He is well known for his documentary photography and publishes his work in African and European magazines since 1989. His works ranging from panoramic landscape motives to newsworthy social and political issues.
“I want someone else to see the solitude, the alienation and the attraction hidden in the geometric form.” states Polish artist Krzysiek Ślaziński. He is searching for rhythm and repetition as constructive element through photography. He focuses on constructive elements of architecture which create an urban rhythm.
Susan Sluglett is a painter from Great Britain. Her blue flower still lifes create an extraordinary visual experience for the viewer: colour fields, vivid brush strokes, broken lines and nasty varnish runs, all together moon flowers, morning glories, tulips and hydrangeas vibrantly jitter in front of one’s eyes.
The German artist Line Krom presents minimalistic sculptures. „Untitled (after A. Truitt)” is a reference to the American minimalist Anne Truitt, but in contrast to the original Kroms sculptures are edible as they are made up by cake. The artworks are consumerable and will disperse in the on-going exhibition.
The works will be on display at Galeria pod Atlantami, Rynek 9
58-300 Wałbrzych until 4. March 2016. Opening hours monday to friday 10 – 16 o’clock.
Photographs with the courtesy of Aleksanda Frankowska-Plewka and Marta Slazinska.