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Punk Paintings
February 27, 2015   
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Intense, uncompromising, punk rock-inspired pictures by contemporary Polish painter Przemysław Matecki are on show at the Zachęta National Gallery of Art in Warsaw.

The exhibition, entitled Rough (Szorstko), features just a fraction of Matecki’s vast body of work. Many of his pictures are densely packed with streaks of oil paint interspersed with mass-culture artifacts, such as newspaper photographs of fashion models and photographs that the artist found in dumpsters.
Matecki likes to describe himself as an “easel painter,” an old-fashioned term meant to highlight the traditional understanding of what it is to be an artist. While most of the work on show at the Zachęta was painted in recent months, the exhibition also comprises pictures Matecki has produced over the past several years in quick, impulsive takes.

In his work, Matecki uses some of the most traditional genres such as still lifes and landscapes. A large body of his work are charcoal portraits of other artists that he draws on cardboard in what seem like involuntary outtakes and exercises.

Apart from painting and drawing pictures, Matecki peruses lifestyle magazines for photographs that he changes into works of art with a single line and a few specks of paint. The colorful and glossy publications are a treasure trove of both amusing and unsettling content for him. Using his paintbrush, Matecki processes pop-cultural images into an alternative reality.


Until March 29
Zachęta National Gallery of Art; 3 Małachowskiego St.,
www.zacheta.art.pl; Open Tue.-Sun. noon-8 p.m.
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