Marcin Maciejowski's first London exhibition with the gallery will illuminate the Polish artist's exploration of scenes from the art world, fragments from art history and the often-overlooked moments that permeate daily life. Private View will feature new large-scale paintings and graphic works on paper that merge a comic-book aesthetic with Old Master traditions. Maciejowski's characteristic form of social commentary is presented through intimate snapshots of contemporary culture.
Populated by imagery drawn from photographs, movies, posters and newspaper illustrations, some of his works feature speech bubbles offering ambiguous musings on culture and performance art, or denoting the rhythmic sounds of a ticking clock. A commentary on modern life, art-world structures and hinting at the collective histories that inform their past, these works present a satirical yet sensitive take on the quotidian world.
Born in Babice, Poland, Maciejowski founded the Grupa Ładnie (Pretty Group) alongside artists Rafal Bujnowski, Marek Firek, Wilhelm Sasnal and Josef Tomczyk. Maciejowski's works transform the fleeting into the timeless, portraying a world both personal and anecdotal, honing in on minutiae through a form of realism that evades explicit narrative. The scenes he presents retain the political and social essence of their source materials, while offering an interrogation of the role of contemporary painting.