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Pener - Vacation From Reality


15 July 2022 - 16 August 2023

Fiksate Gallery is excited to announce Vacation From Reality, a solo show by Pener.

Polish artist Pener (Bartek Świątecki) spent July as an artist-in-residence at Fiksate Gallery. We are very excited to welcome Pener after a long period of global travel restrictions, our first in-house international presence since Robert Seikon and Anastasia Papaleonida in 2020.

Pener arrives in Aotearoa with a significant profile, part of an impressive contingent of Polish urban contemporary artists who have exhibited throughout Europe and the U.S.

Vacation from Reality will open Friday July 15th 2022, and will be the first presentation of a cohesive body of his work in Aotearoa. Alongside a series of paintings on canvas, the show will include exclusive limited edition prints, produced in-house and in collaboration with Fiksate. In addition to the exhibition, Pener will paint the Berlin Wall remnant installed at Rauora Park and release a self-published book, a limited edition run of 20 copies available only at Fiksate.

We are long-time admirers of Pener, who first exhibited with us in 2019 as part of the group show Urban Abstract and has since sent two larger paintings which were showcased through our inventory. We are thrilled to introduce a new audience to the talented Pener.

Bartek Świątecki aka PENER is a Polish artist whose work ranges from paintings on canvas and walls, over animation and site specific installations. Bartek Świątecki’s work mixes abstraction and traditional graffiti. High art and youth culture, modernism and skateboarding. His images are based around geometric groupings and angular forms which reference futuristic architectural design. The apparent slickness of Świątecki’s productions are often at odds with the decayed settings the works are placed in. The visual language used in these pieces gives a glimpse into a brave new world of graffiti and fine art cross over. It’s a world where graffiti writers are as happy to quote from De Stijl as they are Wu Tang.

PENER was born in 1981 and currently works as an art teacher in Olsztyn, Poland. In 2006 he graduated from the faculty of Fine Arts at the University of Nicolaus Copernicus in Toruń. He first came in contact with the street art scene around in 1995 when he tagged his name all over his city. PENER then later started to form his own style, which is characterized by graphical minimalism: straight lines and pure colors are combined to create geometrical clusters. Interestingly, PENER often breaks with the cleanness of his structures and lets the paint pour out of the shape or splatters paint onto them. This gives his pieces a strange liveliness and especially in an urban environment, integrates them well. It seems as if the dirt and dust from the streets affect the pieces actively.

PENER’s first self-published book ‘Deconstruction’ has been released in 2013. He has been a part of a broad range of exhibitions across the U.S. and Europe, especially in Poland.

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