La Maison Jaune:
27.12.2008 - 28.01.2009
Patricia Low Contemporary is pleased to announce a solo presentation by young Polish artist Gregor Warzecha Incorporating a vocabulary of incongruous styles and techniques, Warzecha develops an individual painterly authority born equally of discernment and intuition; his 'portraits' becoming metaphorical stand-ins for the role of the artist and the illusive truth of articulation. Warzecha's canvases are almost exclusively small scale, redoubling the intimacy of their aesthetic and process. Forming a kind of 'anti-portraiture', his subjects flirt between figuration and abstraction, as faces melt into murky mists or become obliterated by veiled fields of pigment. In his new series of work, Warzecha approaches this with a knowing and absurdist humour, posing a ghost-like figure against backgrounds of artistic legacy, setting the stage for visual play and subversion. Rendered with an almost sickly-sweet palette, these paintings delight in the devices of their construction, pitting ironic formalism against genuine virtuosity. Paintings within paintings become showcases for spontaneous sketches and gestures, invaded by looming apparitions which dazzle with their plastic-like translucence and complicated delicacy, consciously refuting their forms.This deceptive quality underpins Warzecha's practice as a whole. His purely abstract canvases defy spatial and temporal logic with fluid gestures which are both poetic and combustive, transforming the metaphysical properties of abstraction to a zealously tactile experience; shown in conjunction with figurative works which contrive representation as a gossamer process of erasure, Warzecha delivers an engrossing and intelligent conception of painting's purpose and possibility.