Mariusz Tarkawian is Anticipating the Future at Glasgow School of Art's Mackintosh Museum

By Culture24 Reporter | 15 January 2013
A black and white drawing of a person smoking a cigarette with their nails painted red
Mariusz Tarkawian, Probably Maris Marshall's art in 2015 (2012). Pencil on paper© Courtesy Mariusz Tarkawian

Exhibition preview: Anticipating The Future, Mackintosh Museum, Glasgow, until February 23 2013

No contemporary artist worth their edge wants to be tagged predictable. So Mariusz Tarkawian’s calculations, guessing the future creations of the likes of Damien Hirst, Jake and Dinos Chapman and Marina Abramovic, might cause some unease among the Polish artist’s peers.

A black and white pen drawing of a large civic building with Greek writing on its front
Probably Mariusz Tarkawian's art in 2015© Courtesy Mariusz Tarkawian
“I predict which works will be created by artists known to me in the wider contemporary art world,” he ruminates.

“I want to be quicker than them and maybe steal their ideas for art.

“Will the art of the artists change? Will their media and style change?”

We might not find out for a while, but the scope of his quest seems admirable.

Tarkawian has made 600 drawings, including works he believes he might make, or might be drawn up by unconfirmed artists such as his brother. The aim, he says, is to act “like an encyclopaedia of the future”.

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More pictures:

A black ink drawing of three heads connected to one male body
Probably Jake & Dinos art in 2014 (2012). Ink on paper© Courtesy Mariusz Tarkawian
A black and white illustration of four female nudes standing in two lines of two
Probably Vanessa Beecroft's work in 2013 (2012). Ink, watercolour and pencil on paper© Courtesy Mariusz Tarkawian
A black ink illustration of a baby with horns having a label with 6637 attached to it
Probably Banksy's Artwork in 2013 (2012). Ink on paper© Courtesy Mariusz Tarkawian
An image of a black ink illustration of a nude male figure floating inside a perspex box
Probably Damien Hirst's Self Portrait in 2030© Courtesy Mariusz Tarkawian
A black ink illustration of a picket line of figures holding a banner saying we want a new art
Probably Jean-Francios Moriceau's and Petra Mrzyk's Artwork in 2012 (2010). Pencil on paper© Courtesy Mariusz Tarkawian
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