February 10, 2024 - March 2, 2024

Paola Ciarska

Paolaverse (Gallery III)

Opening Reception with the Artist(s): Saturday, February 10, 2024 6:00-10:00pm

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Thinkspace Projects presents:

(Gallery III)

Opening Reception:
Saturday, February 10 from 6-10pm

Plus be sure to also check out the Thinkspace Night Market located in the courtyard between our two spaces

Live painting from 1440 + an artist mini-mart with booths from Miss Brixx, Alepsis Hernandez, Amy Smith, Fl.our Pots & Anthony Manorek’s vintage offerings + amazing grub from Zavala’s Pies + weed bar from The Cure Company + our open bar + free Liquid Death + coffee and warm drinks from the Mad Barista + video projections from Digital Debris Video Gallery + Venice Beats providing the soundtrack to the evening.


Paola Ciarska revels, excites and rejoices in the unrestrained potential of imagination. Each miniature painting has a vast cast of female characters, living out a virtual fantasy from the comfort of their multi-room domiciles. The viewer is turned into a voyeur, spying on the indulgent private moments and left to try and discern just what is going on.

The paintings have a physical presence that far exceeds their small scale. Each work is packed with painterly detail. Rooms are filled with the trinkets of modern life, decorated with reproductions of modern masters and adorned with fairy-lights, all set against psychedelic (and mildly suggestive) patterned backgrounds. Ciarska enjoys the labour of a marathon painting session, getting lost in the haze of its intricate, obsessive application.

“Even in our modern urban isolation, Ciarska seems to suggest, we’re never really alone.” – ArtForum

About Paola Ciarska:
Born in Gdarisk (Poland) in 1993. lives and works in Sicily (Italy). A graduate in Fine Arts from Gateshead College and in Art History from Newcastle University, Paola Ciarska has been producing senes of ngurative paintings depicting women in brightly coloured, fictional pop architectures since 2018. Hers 1s a feminist viewpoint representing a purposely non-mixed utopia in which daily life is all about relaxation. pleasure and entertainment.

The artist’s paintings are in formats you could fit into the palm of your hand, so creating an intimate relationship with them and requiring attention to detail in meticulous v depicted scenes. Her aesthetic plays on shifts between physical and digital, real and fictional spaces.