"Fronts" is the first, individual exhibition of works by Marcin Laszczak in Gdańsk. Laszczak debuts with a series of photographs and paintings of his local landscape in tones of grey and black. The first part of the exhibition is composed of pictures taken by the artist using his mobile phone. In the second part the artists uses these images as a departure point for monochromatic paintings representing abstract versions of the photos...
Marcin Laszczak, photography from the "Fronts" series, photo: press materials
"Fronts" is the first individual exhibition of works by Marcin Laszczak in Gdańsk. Laszczak debuts with a series of photographs and paintings of his local landscape in tones of grey and black
The first part of the exposition is composed of pictures taken by the artist using his mobile phone. Fragments of the urban landscape captured by Marcin Laszczak could be compared to sleepy architectural shapes, reminiscent of small elements of a scale model and devoid of literal meaning.
A medium such as mobile phone camera offers the liberty of action, enabling the artist to take pictures on the bus or tram. However, the resulting pictures are always carefully selected photographs, presenting the facades of buildings in the focus point. The imperfection of pictures taken with an old mobile phone, creates peculiar, 'smoky' mood, evoking the atmosphere of a dream.
The second component of the exhibition at the GGM1 is a series of paintings which appear to be abstract versions of the photos. Black and white blocks, painted as ink drawings, give an impression of illusive images presenting hazy urban reality. Notion of space in these paintings and their illusory realism allow for a wide range of interpretations.
Despite the use of such different media, as photography and ink drawings, Marcin Laszczak's work is marked by peculiar cohesion. Born in 1977, Marcin Laszczak is a graduate of Gdańsk Academy of Arts. He received his diploma in 2004 under the supervision of Mieczysław Olszewski.
Opening: February 11, 2011, at 19:30.
The exhibition runs through March 4, 2011.
Gdańska Galeria Miejska
ul. Piwna 27/29