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Playing With Symbols
October 31, 2013   
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An exhibition of work by young painter Lech Bator at the MOMU Gallery on Teatralny Square features pop-culture icons such as Mickey Mouse along with half-animal and half-human figures that call to mind mythical gods.

In Poland, the popular practice of hanging up paintings featuring a stag is often derided as the epitome of bad taste in art. Playing with this convention, Bator has made the animal something of a trademark in his work, in which it appears as a distinctive, often puzzling symbol. The exhibition at the MOMU Gallery comprises over a dozen paintings, including realistic pieces and images based on geometrical patterns and symbols. Bator puts places male and female characters in a realistic world, but portrays them with the heads of stag or deer. According to the painter, the stag is a motif “so anonymous that everybody can see whatever they like in it.”

Bator graduated from Warsaw’s European Academy of Art in 2010 with a degree in graphic design. Originally fascinated by traditional graphic forms, he turned his attention to paints and canvas. But he still describes himself as a “graphic artist who paints.”

Until Nov. 17; MOMU.gastrobar; 11 Wierzbowa St.
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