Happy End

Artist: Dominika Olszowy
Curator: Tomek Pawłowski
Venue: Galeria Arsenał, Białystok

Happy End is a monographic presentation of works by Dominika Olszowy, an
artist operating in a field of visual arts meeting the theatre and performance art.
The exhibition shows a selection of older works focusing on such themes as
existential crisis and resulting anxieties, as well as new realisations, wherein the
artist explores the precarious condition and health. Exhibition space has been
divided into three symbolic areas respectively reinterpreted as a waiting room,
treatment room, and cemetery. The energy and emotional aura of each of these
locations has been conveyed in the way space and individual rooms have been
arranged. The artist herself refers to the method as Interioring. Using
scenography techniques and inexpensive décor items, she draws from the
peripheral aesthetics of post-transformational housing trends blending in with
symbols and motives present throughout her oeuvre, such as leather furniture,
sludge, and coffee.


Interioring also involves the practice of introspection, another strong presence
across the artist’s oeuvre. While Olszowy frequently references personal
experience in her works, she converts it into universal comments on human
condition and time, steeped in subtle humour. She approaches interiors
inhabited by idiosyncratic weaknesses, anxieties, stories, and emotional states
as an area of dabbling in grotesque fantasy, a theatre of the absurd, wherein the
colourful world of imagination and joyous creation meets the obstacles of
reality.

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