Is the world, especially the art world, the best we can imagine?
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.
Paperworks, a closely connected series, describes numerous drawings with eyeshadow, lipstick and mascara since 2015. Janine Mackenroth presents 24 of them as a Christmas Calendar in December 2019.
Size artwork: HxW 30 x 21 cm. With frame: 52,5 x 42,5 x 2,5 cm