The exhibition Mandrake and Potatoes meets two painters: Tomasz Kręcki and Sebstian Tröger.
Mandrake is, according to the literature, a plant with magical powers. The potato was considered to be something simple, provincial. It is an exhibition of paintings of simple things that we can find in a kitchen drawer, on a desk or in front of the house. These are images of the characters we associate and the situations we experienced. However, these everyday themes have already gained magic power. Their re-proportioning, taking them out of context, turning them over to the other side, brings out a power that we do not see in them every day. A sense of humor and distancing from the subject and its history, as well as consciously playing with contexts, with the tradition of painting and art history, are treatments that connect both artists. Their painting, easy on the one hand, because (simply) presenting, takes on new meanings and plays with the knowledge and experience of the recipient. In ancient times, the fragrant mandrake berries were considered an effective potency stimulant * and fertility enhancer. The paintings of the presented painters seem to have a similar power. They stimulate our imagination, collide different worlds and superficially alien stories with each other, initiating in us a re-interpretation of objects we know. Sebastian’s performative activity refers to rituals, the old faith, to magic. In painting, he uses more rational means. But there’s a fair amount of irony in everything. Humor also accompanies the work of Tomasz, who seems to paint literally everything that appears before his eyes. Laughing at the depicted themes seems to be a form of escape for painters from pietism and often disliked seriousness. But evoked laughter does not exclude the magic that painters manage to find in the most mundane situations.