Marek Piasecki
Murals Not Walls
11th november 2009
to 12th december 2009

(23.02.1935, Warsaw - 30.09.2011, Lund

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 anatomicaly 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.


16.01.2013 12:47:52

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Marek Piasecki