From the archive
PAULINA OLOWSKA: “APPLIED FANTASTIC”
Opening: Thursday, 28 October 2010, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Exhibition: 28 October – 4 December 2010
Metro Pictures, 519 West 24th Street, New York NY 10011
In the course of her upcoming second exhibition at Metro Pictures, New York, Paulina Olowska shows paintings adapted from postcards of home knitting patterns from late communist-era Poland. Thus, “Applied Fantastic” continues Paulina Olowska’s engagement with communist Poland’s fascination with Western consumerism. The term “Applied Fantastic” was coined by Polish writer Leopold Tyrmand in 1954, describing the localized re-creations of Western styles.