The Polish Surrealist, Rafal Olbinski, utilises both aspects of this dream consolation. By generating texturally rich paintings that overlap into the unconscious mind, Olbinski encapsulates and then mocks the objects of his advertisements. In some respects this technique is a well crafted visual pun that ties the knot between two mental polarities, thus breaking the subject/object divide. It is this very notion of the pun, of the humorous, within Olbinski’s work (that in turn reveals a grievance) that jolts the mind out of the dualistic hierarchy of producer/consumer, predator/prey, masculine/feminine, subject/object, and into a relationship with the double.
This is something particular to Surrealism in Eastern Europe, where the dark side of humour, grew through the previously limiting social environments of paternally dominant social roles.
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