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Kaja Renkas' contemporary Polish poster exhibition opens at Cracker Jax, DeKalb

Installation photograph of Kaja Renkas' poster exhibition at Cracker Jax, April 2014
Installation photograph of Kaja Renkas' poster exhibition at Cracker Jax, April 2014
Peter Germonpre

Polish poster artist Kaja Renkas exhibits her posters at Cracker Jax, a 1950’s era vintage shop located downtown DeKalb. The exhibition opened today, April 19, and Renkas’ works will remain on view till April 26, 2014.

Installation photograph
peter germonpre

Renkas’ work is whimsical and playful. She creates dreamscapes in which both objects and living beings distort, fragment, and morph, genders divert, and sensual, luxurious, and opulently sensuous spaces evolve. Engaging her playful and sinful world, the viewer is drawn into an erotic universe where voyeurism is the norm and subjects are held captive in cages, trapped in archways, or confined in space by virtue of broken limbs or dismemberment. Her imagery is built out of multiple transparent layers, creating rich visual texture and vibrant, luminous color. Figures emerge and fade into backgrounds as she explores the visual principles of mimicry and camouflage.

Cracker Jax is the ideal venue for Renkas to share her work. The store is eclectic, cheerful, and busy, filled to the brim with both 1950’s vintage items, and contemporary craft items inspired by mid-century design. Renkas’ posters are both absorbed into and swallowed up by the physical environment of the store, and emerge from it as a natural part of its fabric. Their installation is casual, hanging from the ceiling using vintage clips, and randomly placed on a small round table.

Cracker Jax, located at 118 North Third Street in DeKalb, is open 10 a.m. till 7 p.m. CST Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. till 6 p.m. CST Saturday and 11a.m. till 5 p.m. Sunday.

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