Filip Olszewski

Forgive me, i love you

"Forgive me, i love you" is a group exhibition of video, photo, painting, and drawing by three artists whose work addresses clichés and romance in mass media. What happens when we are left desensitized to humor and romance, and can it be reinvented and rediscovered?

Claudia Bitran whimsically parodies notions of womanhood and stardom seen in film. Bitran recreates sets from movies and music videos as tiny maquettes made out of paint and found objects. She then inserts herself into the sets via green screen–acting, singing, and dancing as every character in her video. Her piece for this exhibition is her reworking of the scene from Dirty Dancing where "Johnny" teaches "Baby" to dance. Replacing the male character with herself, Bitran gives the woman control of her own destiny.

Filip Olszewski's tumblr Leaving Me presents a seemingly endless series of photographs of a young woman leaving an apartment building. Selected photographs are presented here as framed, digital prints. Often photographed from above through a window, as if by a stalker or lover, the photos evoke feelings about loss, voyeurism, and romance. The trope of woman as model and muse is twisted into something intimate, yet ambiguous. Curator Gene McHugh calls the piece "one of the great landmarks of net art."

Michelle Rawlings is inspired by an archive of imagery that she arranges into sets of paintings, films, animations, and collages. In Rawling's world anything is possible: a rainbow escapes an Apple advertisement, or a film could turn from murder to laughter. Her painted imagery includes a poster from Anne Frank's bedroom wall and portraits of iconic women (in this case, Isa Genzken). She also presents a collage of current interests reminiscent of Pinterest boards and teenage posters. In her film "Planette" Rawlings is space explorer, hero, and victim in a jungle where "an aimless heart only finds death." Her work deals with issues of sexuality, innocence, and desire.