Marysia Gacek: pleasant setting

Preview: Saturday 11 July 2015, 5 – 8pm

Glasgow Sculpture Studios (GSS) is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of new work, pleasant setting, by Marysia Gacek, developed throughout her one year Graduate Fellowship at GSS from November 2014 until November 2015.

Marysia Gacek’s work is known for its suggestive personal symbolism, using memory and arcane cultural referents that assert the transcendent possibilities of the banal. Gacek works in a variety of materials ranging from painting, clay, to textiles and video. By starting with a place, an image, a specific memory, or an object, she creates structures and narratives with loose connections using personal symbolism and different modes of representation.

For this exhibition titled ‘pleasant setting’ Gacek will display a set of paintings on white muslin curtains which will run along the existing wall and windows at the front of the GSS gallery, the Magritte-style trompe l’oeil landscapes and one-to-one renderings portraying what lies directly behind them. The work continues Gacek’s interest in making audiences aware of the space that surrounds them; their location and its surrounding architecture with this installation proposing a simulation that draws one nearer to nature through a process of pointedly obscurantist representation.

The curtains will be accompanied by a number of small sculptures dispersed around the room; amongst them a deflated crystal ball, and a ceramic two-headed snake about to shake hands with itself in perpetual self-effacement.

A small publication will accompany the exhibition including a commissioned text by writer and curator Melissa Canbaz.

Marysia Gacek (b. 1986, Nowy Targ) received her MFA from the Glasgow School of Art in 2014. Gacek has exhibited at ZK/U, the Center for Art and Urbanistics, Berlin; Govanhill Baths, Glasgow; Nurture Art, New York; Terminal Projects, New York; Unosunove, Rome; Unosolo Project Room, Milan and PS122 Gallery, New York. Gacek is a co-founder of the publishing imprint MARIA†. editions. The artist lives and works in Glasgow and New York.

Glasgow Sculpture Studios is a membership organisation that receives revenue funding from Creative Scotland and Glasgow Life.

The 2014 Graduate Fellowship is generously supported by The Fenton Arts Trust, The Hope Scott Trust, Adam Mickiewicz Institute and Culture.pl.