Przemek Pyszczek: Playgrounds

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Born in Poland, raised in Canada and now creating a sensation from Berlin, Przemek Pyszczek draws on his experiences of  displacement as a first generation North American. The 30-year-old’s journey of self discovery is most keenly focused on tracing Poland’s transition since the fall of the iron curtain. (Above: Photo by Paul Green for Artsy )

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His playground structures – in myriad colors, shapes and perspectives – tell part of his story: “Przemek Pyszczek destroys, rebuilds and abstracts these forms as a way of reconciling childhood memory with the realities of immigrant displacement.-” exhibition notes Peres Projects. (Above: Playground Structure (Tunnel), 2015)

Muscle Memory Performance-One of his structures at Peres, during a show with artist Donna Huanca.

Pyszczek’s family moved to Canada in 1987 when the artist was two and a half. He moved to Berlin in 2010 and when he began visiting relatives again in Warsaw, his artist’s eye twitched. “That’s when I started noticing these visual idiosyncrasies and phenomena in the architecture and the landscape,” Pyszczek said in an interview with Artsy.

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His “facade” paintings capture the graphically decorated external walls and wacky window bars of communist housing blocks in suburban Warsaw. (Above: Polyethane paint on debond, steel 240 × 150 cm from summer, 2015 exhibition at Rio in Brussels / Below: From a show at Berthold Pott Gallery )

collageComing from a Western, brand-dominated environment of standardized products, Pyszczek says the bars’ and painted facades’ “kitsch factor” drew him in. (Read the full, long feature about him on Artsy.)

Przemek Pyszczek’s website, here.   

 

 

 

 

 

 

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