Young Predictions

Polys Peslikas

11.4 2024 – 15.6 2024

Mint, ABF Stockholm, Sveavägen 41, Stockholm

Opening hours:
Wednesday 13–17, Thursday 13–20 and Friday 13–17
Saturday 12–16

My desire is local, says Polys Peslikas. He refers to its origin being traced to a specific landscape where abstractions are formed in a particular light, in a particular temperature and among specific colors. A sexual identity and the desire to paint intertwined early in life in a confusing yet inseparable feeling.

“Summer 1988. Limassol / Germasogeia. By the sea front. The eastern outskirts of Limassol known as the Tourist area. Favorite places to go were THE CLUB and THE CARIBBEAN. The illuminated glass and the gelatine flashing lights were coloring everyone in monochromes of fuchsia pink, blue, red, yellow”

The exhibition Young Predictions at Mint is Polys Peslikas’ first presentation in Sweden. Collages from the early 90s are shown alongside new paintings and other works. The opening also marks Mint’s anniversary, celebrating 5 years as an art space in Stockholm.

Polys Peslikas (b. 1973, Cyprus) is a painter based in London. His practice also includes works on paper, performance and photography. Peslikas is interested in the constructed narratives of image and desire, and in notions of the physical in the history of western art. In his own image creation, he strives for an open and intuitive process where particular elements are often repeated in a sequence of motifs based on different technical and emotional inputs. He draws his references from classical mythology, film, iconography as well as pop and trash culture. Since 1986, he has compiled a library of printed images and cutouts that form important references for his imagery.

Solo exhibitions include among others: This Delusive Sentiment, ARCH (GR); And leaned shoulder against the window, Radio Athènes (GR); Reenactments (Bacchus), ICA (IT), The Future of Color, Cyprus Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2017. Recent group shows include: Ah, This!, FELIX GAUDLITZ (AUT); How to Build a Garden, Point Center (CY); Nuit Blanche, Villa Medici (IT)

Image: Polys Peslikas, Collage on bank statement notes,1993-1996