Place: Gdańsk City Gallery 1, Piwna Street 27/29
Opening: 13th of October 2018, Saturday at 7.00 P.M.
Exhibition: 13th of October – 28th of SOctober 2018
Participants: Patrycja Cichosz, Paulina Grosz, Katarzyna Jakubowska, Zuzanna Leśniak, Martyna Modzelewska, Justyna Molska, Ewa Staśkiewicz, Małgorzata Tęgowska
Curator: Mateusz Pęk

The art world is akin to a giant fat body around which swarms of hungry mosquitos gather. They drink a drop or two, reproduce and disappear without a trace. Although their life is short, they are under no illusions as to their talents and potential. In an ongoing cycle they spread particles that are both beautiful and dangerous – they are PAINTQUITOS.

MALARY / PAINTQUITOS is an exhibition by members of the academic club of the Faculty of Painting of the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdańsk. The club has been active for three years, both at the academy and beyond, which largely determines our reflection on the academy itself – one of our slogans reads: we hide behind the institution’s back”. Our informal meetings offer an opportunity to exchange observations and ideas. Our basic goal consists in establishing a space for discussion around painting and art in public space (the cycle of meetings Tea for Two). We have also carried out group intervention actions (Documenta 14 in Kassel, 10th Berlin Biennale).

Works presented in the exhibition include an alternative promotion office project, ground “failed” paintings, a Berlin performance based on plastic bags, and a gigantic “golden” frame, among other pieces. The eponymous insert MALARY (PAINTQUITOS) is a bit like a Che Guevara t-shirt. It neutralises the need for an art-revolution and subordinates its signs to a creative grammar and laws of the market. Our works emanate students’ irony, but also the sense that all resistance is futile. Yet, we stay with a certain ultimate perversion offered by the ecstasy of creative unmasking.