In his latest series of paintings, which he worked on nonstop for the past year or more, Matecki takes on the vastness of art. A tangible symbol of its fecundity is the heavy piles of superfluous exhibition catalogs and art magazines which the artist browses through in search of inspiring material for his own work. Matecki gives new life to reproductions, transforming them into sharp, witty miniature oil paintings. The treatments he applies generate surprising effects. Here art is submitted to an authorial compression and regains its vigor. Often with a single gesture, Matecki extracts the essence from the work of other artists and creates entirely new paintings exuding energy and humor, a kind of contemporary, masterly capriccio.
EXHIBITIONS IN EUROPE
Przemek Matecki’s solo show at Platán gallery in Budapest is a variation on one particular motif, or a painting procedure rather, used in his works: a multilayer colorful pattern created using a palette knife.
EXHIBITIONS IN WARSAW
Matecki’s first solo show in Zacheta – National Gallery of Art in Warsaw (curated by Maria Rubersz & Wojciech Kozłowski) was at the same time his biggest exhibition in a public art institution so far.
The exhibition explores the lyrical and political properties of matter that co-created certain legends of industry – and its demise. Aluminum – a lightweight, non-corrosive metal – appears in a range of forms, both as an artistic medium and an industrial material, a ready-made of sorts. Its artistic legacy is intrinsically connected to the idea of depersonalizing the act of creation.
A catchily entitled show in Progress Gallery in Paris, ‘Isn’t it Good to be Lost in the Wood’ presents new works on paper by Przemek Matecki and Pierre Ardouvin.