Marcin Lukasiewicz at LETO Gallery

LETO Gallery

November 13, 2008

Marcin Lukasiewicz / Medicine
November 15 – December 9, 2008

opening night:
November 14, 7.00-9.00, P.M.

LETO Gallery
Director: Marta Kolakowska
ul. Hoza 9c, Warsaw
+48 501 696 440,
+48 22 499 59 16
[email protected]leto.pl

http://www.leto.pl

LETO Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of MARCIN LUKASIEWICZ “Medicine” exhibition on November 14, 2008.
This is his first solo show at Warsaw.

Life sentence…
The function of the artist is to provoke the recepient in his/ her contact with the artwork. Lukasiewicz communicates the knowledge he has already gained. From the very beginning in his art he’s been thoroughly using the painting process. Yet he’s done so in his own way. He is even able to make five large-format ‘draft-paintings’ daily only to register a new idea. He gets unpatient very fast if he has nothing to do. In consequence, his attitude has caused him to ‘serve the sentence’ he had accepted himself – painting.

The artist expresses himself in drawing, sculpture and photography. Yet he reaches the fullest expression in painting. His curiosity is focused on life in all its aspects, elite music projects and comic printouts. He uses a variety of formats and techniques: pencil, crayon, pen and ink drawing, watercolour and acrylic painting. His painting reveals a whole range of formal research, from ‘classical’, symmetrical compositions to transgression on light, perspective and composition principles or even their negation.

Lukasiewicz is interested in canvas construction, the relation to its shape and colour. Some works are covered with a thin, subtle, almost invisible layer; in others an object becomes an almost monochromatic chiaroscuro bas-relief.

The eruption of themes, drastic motives, the easiness in treating form and composition prove that the artist works beyond aesthetic and customary limitations. Lukasiewicz often shows human figures in rather unusual poses: huddled as if in fear of something (and coming from something), tied with ‘ropes of their instilled knowledge’. The painter fashions their bodies according to the subconsciously established canon. He ‘abuses’ the protagonists of his paintings, deforms sadistically their bodies, giving them a new identity, though not always in agreement with our categories of memory and perception.

Text by Robert Kuśmirowski