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From the series Christmas Calendar








42.5 x 52.5 x 2.5 cm
16.73 x 21 x 0.98 in


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Nail polish, eye shadow, lipstick, mascara on paper. Size artwork: HxW 30 x 21 cm, with frame: 52,5 x 42,5 x 2,5 cm.

Janine Mackenroth has been creating her sought-after PAPERWORKS, a series of numerous drawings with eye shadows, lipstick and mascara since 2015.
She presents 24 of them as a Christmas Calendar in her solo exhibition "Panglossian" in the aquabitArt gallery in Berlin.

Janine Mackenroth's exhibition Panglossian in the aquabitArt gallery is a hopeful feminist but also sarcastic journey of the artist through this world and its possibilities, prejudices and obstacles. The term Panglossian is based on Pangloss, a boundlessly positive figure from Voltaire's "Candide or the optimism" from 1759. This story criticizes the purely optimistic world view of Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz and shows what consequences it may have to blindly follow the faith of benevolence.

Mackenroth joins Candide's view and plays with the traditional views on artists that are still anchored in many minds today. This reality led Mackenroth to build the first nail polish painting machine in 2015. Janine Mackenroth created and patented her constructions out of the alleged inability of the women artists to paint properly, so that they could do the painting for her - according to the artist Georg Baselitz's claim "Women don't paint very well. That is a fact." in the Spiegel-Interview 2013.

About the Artist

1989 Munich, Germany

Janine Mackenroth, born in Munich in 1989, studied painting and graphics at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Munich (with Professor Axel Kasseböhmer) and at Hochschule für bildende Künste Hamburg (with Professor Anselm Reyle) and completed her studies in 2016 as a master scholar with diploma. At the 2010 entrance exam, she painted the picture of a bald eagle soaked in oil - a commentary on the exploded Deepwater Horizon drilling platform.

To draw attention to the hunger in the world and the waste of food was the topic of Janine Mackenroth's happening "Breaking Bread" (2012). At that time, she had 194 old bread loaves blown up - every three seconds. This is the interval in which an individual on earth dies of hunger. In 2013, she sprayed 4819.9 square meters of white biodegradable paint in the Olympic Park for the walk-in installation "One Second". The size of the ice surface that disappeared on average in the year due to climate change in the Arctic - per second. With her garbage bag prints series on canvas or paper in 2013/14 she deals with the seductive aesthetics of plastics as consumer good. Forms and shapes in the contemporary art, which would not be possible without this material, raise at the same time the question of what we leave behind after our decease.

Janine Mackenroth does not just want to paint pictures for painting's sake. She wants to have a reason why she creates art. This is why she draws attention to deficiencies that concern society, environment and likewise herself. Currently it is the imbalance between the sexes in the art world. Humor and lightness, that is important to her now, must have their space in it

Janine Mackenroth's recent work with nail polish and other cosmetics is to be understood as a commentary on a still male dominated art world. The shedding of gallons of expensive nail polish is a self-assured arising in front of this art world, poured out feminism on canvas. The materiality and conceptual organization of her work and projects seeks to challenge issues that affect equally society, environment and herself.

If there is anything like feminine connoted materials, nail polish is one of them. The occupation with decidedly feminine materials - also with eye shadow, rouge or lip stick – teases her. Janine Mackenroth wastes a lot on what women should use to make themselves "more beautiful". With that she wants to liberate women a little bit from this beauty dictate. Or at least to make them think about it for a short time. Janine Mackenroth's work with nail polish and other cosmetics should always be understood as a commentary on a still male-dominated art world. The shedding of gallons of expensive nail polish is a self-confident building in front of this art world, a loud "here I am". Paintings of poured out feminism. It was, among other things, a comment by Georg Baselitz, who claimed that women could not paint as well as men, who inspired Janine Mackenroth to work with nail polish and on her nail polish painting machines. Because she thought the sentence is so absurd. Chanel Germany has just commissioned her to create several nail polish images for the company's headquarter in Hamburg - with Chanel nail polish, of course.

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About the Gallery


Berlin, Auguststr. 35

aquabitArt is a place for young vibrant Berlin Art in the premises of aquabit »»» architecture | art | webdesign. Aquabit combines art presentation, architecture and its communication through (web-) design. The exhibition space aquabitArt was opened at the beginning of 2009 in the renowned Berlin "Gallery Street“ - Auguststrasse 35. AquabitArtshows var...

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