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PANGLOSSIAN by Janine Mackenroth (DE)

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Sunday, 1 December 2019 to Sunday, 12 January 2020
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Sunday, 1 December 2019 -
5:00am to 8:00pm

Janine Mackenroth (DE)
PANGLOSSIAN
Curated by Irina Ilieva
Preview: Sunday, 1 December 2019, 5-8p. Introduction: Sarah Maske
Vernissage: Thursday, 5 December 2019, 7-22pm
Opening hours: Thursday - Saturday, 2-8pm and by appointment
Venue: aquabitArt Gallery, Auguststrasse 35, 10119 Berlin-Mitte
Exhibition: 1 December 2019 - 12 January 2020

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CHRISTMAS CALENDAR GAME, 1.- 24. December 2019
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Is the world, especially the art world, the best we can imagine?

Janine Mackenroth's exhibition PANGLOSSIAN in the aquabitArt gallery is a hopeful feminist but also sarcastic journey of the artist through this world and its possibilities,
prejudices and obstacles. The term Panglossian is based on Pangloss, a boundlessly positive figure from Voltaire's Candide or the optimism from 1759. This story criticizes the purely optimistic world view of Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz and shows what consequences it may have to blindly follow the faith of benevolence.

Mackenroth joins Candide's view and plays with the traditional views on artists that are still anchored in many minds today. This reality led Mackenroth to build the first nail polish painting machine in 2015. Janine Mackenroth created and patented her constructions out of the alleged inability of the women artists to paint properly, so that they could do the painting for her - according to the artist Georg Baselitz's claim "Women don't paint very well. That is a fact." in the SPIEGEL-Interview 2013.

Nail polish, which due to its association and history is clearly to be assigned to women, is understood here as poured out BLACK RED GOLDEN 760 No.1, feminism on canvas. PAPERWORKS, a closely connected series, describes numerous drawings with eyeshadow, lipstick and mascara since 2015. She presents 24 of them as a CHRISTMAS CALENDAR, day by day, which will be offered for sale on social media. Once again she reaches back to beauty products and emphasizes their value in the form of art. At the same time it is also a reference to mass media (and again mass culture) and their normality and usefulness in life and work.

Also with the SIGNET FOR RING WOMEN IN ART Mackenroth appropriates a sign of male power and handles it in such a way that primarily women profit from it. With the MONEYGUN, she underlines the relevance of networks and associations of women in the art world. Her work 100 YEARS OF WOMEN AT GERMAN ART ACADEMIES uses 155 cents stamps in a fictional edition to acknowledge the 100th anniversary of women at the German artacademies. A jubilee that hasn’t been celebrated properly – yet.
Text (excerpt): Sarah Maske

Contact: Irina Ilieva, aquabitArt, Auguststrasse 35, 10119 Berlin / +49(0)1748363493
art@aquabit.com/www.art.aquabit.com

Title: BLACK RED GOLDEN 760 No.1
Artist: Janine Mackenroth
Dimension: 190 × 4 × 240 cm

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$33,091.00
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Janine Mackenroth's current works with nail polish and other cosmetic articles are to be understood as a commentary on a still male-dominated art world. The materiality and conceptual organization of her works and projects aims to question issues that affect society, the environment, and herself equally. Mackenroth collaborates with companies such as einzA, myclimate, CHANEL and the IFF for the realization of her projects, with the latter currently working on a fragrance project about the scent of the world. As a co-founder of 100 WOMEN ARTISTS she is publishing a book on "100 artworks by women artists in Germany" for the 100 year anniversary of women at the German art academies in 2020.

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Auguststrasse 35, 10119 Berlin-Mitte

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