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Urban Sacred
May 7, 2015   
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Drawings by Marcin Szymielewicz that search for the spiritual in a glass-and-concrete urban landscape are on show in a new exhibition at Warsaw’s Apteka Sztuki (Pharmacy of Art) gallery.

Andrzej Matynia, a Polish art critic, has used a quote from the French writer Albert Camus to describe drawings by Szymielewicz: “As a remedy to life in society I would suggest the big city. Nowadays, it is the only desert within our means.”

Szymielewicz tirelessly explores the urban desert in search of the spiritual. He seeks to show how people perceive their presence amid countless towers of glass and concrete and monumental former churches.

Szymielewicz conveys his emotions with spot-on accuracy. In interviews, the artist has spoken of his affinity for drawing, with paper as his favorite medium. He often subjects the paper to chemical processes in order to give it unusual shapes and textures, making it resemble a coarse rock or a smooth and reflective surface.

Szymielewicz also pushes the boundaries of drawing and the wide range of moods that suffuse his work brings it closer to painting. His pictures seem to form a buffer zone between those two domains where Szymielewicz rules as sovereign, demonstrating the many borders and definitions contemporary artists can cross and push.

May 5-29
Topos-Sources of Meaning
Apteka Sztuki gallery; 3/5 Wyzwolenia Ave.
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