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"In my work topography plays an important part as a transfiguration of landscape and space, infinity and closure.  The lines on my surfaces cover the territory of the painting, delineating jpaths, sides of roads, devious routes and highroads in a pictorial map full of depressions, ravines and bulges.  I consider myself a nomad wandering over established routes much like a mountain climber retraces the path of previous wanderers"

 

Painating founded on ethics, says Marek Szczesny, is an art of constructed form, with a history that needs to be processed and a metaphysics that must be fathomed.  The act of painting, a constant process of dismounting and reconfiguring anew is not, then in Szczesny's art, an abandonment of the contemporary territory, but a difficult attempt at settling there in a different way.  This is not a question of taking root but of an unattainable balance between the current place and the non-place ( utopia).  This is territory that is not too well defined, torn and glued together, punctured with holes and patched up.  Contemporaneity understood in such a way, close to Szczesny's heart, is a balancing between the current and memory, which justifies the current in circular returns, crossing lines, shapes superimposed on one another like carbon copies, in the layers of colors that shine through.  What is remembered (invisible) becomes visible during the creation of a painting.  Filling the canvas with forms means the gluing together of those biographical crumbs that have stuck in memory as extraordinary into some unfinished whole.

 

Etract from " Marek Szczesny" by Andrzej Turowski, National Museum of Poznan, 2003