Dorota Gawęda and Eglė Kulbokaitė present a series of works that deal with performance documentation in its various forms. The visual and olfactory material for the works shown with Lucas Hirsch was generated during their recent performance of Young Girl Reading Group 159: SULK, exhibited at ANTI - 6th Athens Biennale (2018). Artists’ presentation includes an installation of video works, digital print on organza and RYXPER1126AE fragrance produced in collaboration with International Flavors and Fragrances Inc.
Jannis Marwitz makes figurative paintings. Working from images of Greco-Roman sculptural reliefs, Marwitz homes in on details and lavishly depicts them in impossibly crowded scenes. The scenes are often organized around a single, central figure around which other figures tend to roil and writhe with a dynamism that touches upon the infernal. Details are exaggerated to the point of ponderous neoclassical parody. Heavily shaded faces are complemented by hypertrophic musculature while bodies are draped in fabrics whose thick, opulent folds are distinctly evocative of the stone surfaces they unabashedly seek to mimic. At other times, paintings give the impression of being rapidly limned on silk grounds, in which the underdrawing, as if unfinished or perceived via x-ray, seems to come through. In every case, the pictures testify to a high level of skill and virtuosity which is anything but gratuitous. The borderline excess of craft that goes into constructing these works mirrors the excess of dense, involuted imagery on the canvas. These two components in turn inform the vaguely apocalyptic and deeply unsettlingly nature of the works. (Text by Chris Sharp)