Marek Piasecki
No myths barred
28th september 2012
to 30th november 2012

The foremost point of reference for the exhibition of Marek Piasecki’s small forms at the Asymmetry Gallery is his studio at Siemiradzkiego Street 25 in Cracow, which was wound down in 1998.

A curiosity room, micro-galaxy, surreal pharmacy, museum of magical objects, total work or work-as-habitat, a grow shop of things – these are but some of the phrases that have been used to describe the one-of-a-kind space. The works presented in the show were its integral part, serving not only as art works, but also as Piasecki’s constant environment – a kind of engrossing emotional space. In a dim room filled tightly with drawers, working as if on a dissection-room table, the artist deconstructed fragments of the objects and images he had collected, rearranging them into new images, suddenly freed from their usual form, creating photographic collages and drawings, miniature playthings, on tiny scraps of paper or visiting cards. All these works are from before the artist’s emigration from Poland in 1967.

 What these works have in common or what constitutes their autonomy is one of the questions we are asking in the exhibition.

 No myths barred’, said a piece of paper found among the materials in the studio. As if Piasecki’s mythologies were breeding in a space forbidden elsewhere – at the fringes, among the ‘scraps of language’.

 Marek Piasecki’s exhibition is accompanied, in the Museum of Private Imagination, by Tomasz Szerszeń’s installation/commentary, Flowers Talk, which consists of spectral, illusive flower forms, photographically referring to the Surrealist tradition. What is their grammar and syntax, what stories do they tell?

 Rafał Lewandowski, Tomasz Szerszeń

27.09.2012 13:38:30

(born in 1935, Warsaw) 

Marek Piasecki worked with photography, graphic art, painting and sculpture. Many of his works cut across several genres not lending themselves to typical classification. He is best known for his spatial constructions (display cases with various objects from his collection), as well as photomontages and photographs of dolls which came close to the poetics of surrealism. Began ca. 1959, those series included photographs of self-made assemblages which filled the space of the artist’s exceptional studio-habitat, as well as scenes with dolls subjected to various surgical operations that left them anatomically transformed. 

Among Piasecki’s most notable works are abstract heliographs, developed from 1955 as a result of experiments with light-sensitive materials. He used prints from glass negatives, scratching their surface, applying various substances, and exposing it to other processes. The abstract heliographs, which were an extremely original and individual interpretation of informel painting, were shown for example in the Second Exhibition of Modern Art – the most significant comprehensive show of Polish avant-garde works in the “thaw” period that followed Stalin’s death in 1953. In the 1950s, the artist experimented with macro-photography, as well as creating works by subjecting the photographic paper to direct physical processes. Combining these techniques with collage and drawing Piasecki developed his so-called miniatures – a series of tiny images filled with absurd and black humor. 

Piasecki’s documentary practice was an important point of reference for all the genres of his artistic practice with journalistic, portrait, and nude photography becoming his focus of interest from 1954. Piasecki’s whole body of work, and this field in particular, testifies to his fascination with Italian neorealist cinema and documentary film of the period. Its traces can be found both in the themes that focus on “raw” reality, as well as the composition of the frame which appears as a random, unprepared snapshot. 

The rich and original oeuvre of Piasecki – forgotten for many years in Poland due to the fact the artist emigrated to Sweden in 1967 – has been rediscovered in recent years with growing interest. His works are in public collections in Poland and Sweden, as well as numerous private collections....

15.10.2012 17:42:58

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Marek Piasecki
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