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Paulina Olowska

Cabinet Gallery

“Hello to You Too” seemed an appropriately coy title for an exhibition that knowingly offered a come-on while making it seem as though the advance had been on the part of the viewer. Paulina Olowska’s chic, tightly constructed show consisted of nine paintings, all of which prominently foregrounded a female figure, in many cases a variation on an archetypal attractive European female artist. In one, her trim silhouette, right shoulder forward, looms out of a ripped-up mess of old advertising posters (Mieszkanie 629-83-36, 2006); in another, a woman looks out of the painting from under arched eyebrows and a jauntily cocked hat (About Her, 2006). In a third, Olowska presents the European’s blond singing-and-dancing Australian counterpart (Olivia Newton John, 2005) who, turned away, assumes a more diffident stance. Hung next to ONJ is the genuinely creepy Nashville, 2005, based on a scene

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