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Paulina Olowska presents “Nowa Scena” at Metro Pictures, her first solo exhibition in New York. In this new body of work, Olowska exploits the style and esthetics of the 1960s propaganda war between the US and the Soviet bloc as well as the underground flow of popular culture as evidenced in the Polish punk movement of the 1980s. Olowska’s paintings, drawings and collages borrow imagery from USSR/Soviet Life (a Soviet publication intended for distribution in the US) and Amerika (a U.S.I.A. periodical distributed in Soviet countries) as well as Polish punk band imagery. The amalgam of cross-cultural influence has been evident in Olowska’s earlier projects that reference manifestations of Eastern European modernist design and political feminism.
Paulina Olowska was born in 1976 in Gdansk, Poland, and attended the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdansk and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (BFA 1996). She lives in both Gdansk and Warsaw. Solo exhibitions include the Abtelberg Museum in Monchengladbach and the Kunstverein Braunschweg in Germany and the Centre for Contemporary Art in Warsaw. Group shows include the Van Abbemuseum Eindhoven, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam; and the Istanbul, Moscow and Venice biennials. She is the recipient of a DAAD (Berlin) fellowship for 2007.
A fanzine produced by Olowska for this exhibition in collaboration with Robert Jarosz, an authority of Polish punk music, is available at the gallery.
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