"Immediate Relations" is an individual exhibition featuring the latest works by Polish artist Marcin Jasik.
Marcin Jasik's paintings will be presented to the Czech public for the first time. The location of Ostrava enables to visits the exhibition for the art lovers from the Czech Republic, but also the ones from southern Poland.
The exhibition is curated by curator and gallery owner, Lucie Drdová. The catalogue accompanying the exhibition will present a wider and cross-sectional selection of the artist's works. The catalogue will contain the curatorial text and the interview with the artist conducted by Kama Zboralska, a Polish journalist and author of books on art. The book will be published in Czech, Polish and English.
Since the beginning of this year, Marcin Jasik has shifted his mental narrative even more significantly and made his visual presentation much more concrete. His source of inspiration is a preview of a frescoby the proto-Renaissance painter Giotto di Bondone from the Basilica of Assisi. Jasik abstracts the basic line of the scene, where St. Francis renounces earthly possessions1, and translates it into new series of paintings. He simply uses the horizontal division of the action with his own "intuitive" perspective to achieve a renewed opposition between the secular (earthly) and sacred (heavenly) spheres, which, however, is connected in the diagonal of the saint's gesture. His outstretched hand, as a metaphor for dialogue with God, materializes in Jasik's painting as a means of expressing human striving for faith.
Similarly, Jasik considers the individual planes, where the lower, earthly part of the painting is reduced to black horizontal lines rendered by rapid strokes of spray. Towards the top, the artist uses a soft pastel that emancipates the luminosity and autonomy of the deep red. The initial paintings of this series are still executed on pure raw canvas without underpainting and the painter's gesture is very fast. With each subsequent painting, the supposed split between these two dominant fields intensifies. At the same time, the sensory impact and emotional effect are increasingly asserted, not only in the moment where the black and red lines clash, but also through the intense appearance of light and dark blue hues that build spatial depth.
Extract from the curatorial text: Lucie Drdová
Marcin Jasik (born in 1990 in Warsaw, works in Warsaw) – a Polish contemporary artist dealing in painting, photography and sculpture. Graduated from the Painting Department of the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. He earned the diploma in the field of painting in the studio of professor Wojciech Cieśniewski with a sculpture specialization in the studio of professor Jakub Łęcki.
The exhibition is supported by the Světlik Art Foundation. We would like to give special thanks to the patron of arts, Eng. Jan Světlík.