|Marcin Maciejowski works at prolific speed – his paintings aim to compete with the stream of visual information that infiltrates daily life. For the exhibition, Maciejowski will show works featuring images drawn from daytime TV chat shows, population statistics and celebrity gossip magazines. Though the subjects of the paintings are typically banal, in their isolation they become freeze-framed records capturing fragments of contemporary experience. |
The 28-year-old Krakow native makes his U.S. gallery debut with 11 oil-on-linen paintings. All the paintings sold out prior to opening to top collectors and museums for prices ranging from $5,700 to $18,250.
Maciejowski and his fellow Polish compatriot Rafal Bujnowski gained critical attention in Poland for their debut activities in the late nineties as members of Grupa Ladnie/The Pretty Group – an energetic collaboration formed out of student camaraderie at the Kraków Art Academy. The group’s lively and socially spirited ethos sought to engage with the geography and fabric of the city, using such unlikely locations as suburban allotments, city centre billboards and historic landmarks for the presentation of their work. As well as experimenting with painting as a public art form, the artists made fanzines, comics, magazines and tape compilations in order to easily disseminate their ideas.