Examination of the immediate surroundings becomes a point of departure for artists who through their works seem to be returning to the past, whether it is one they remember or know from documentation. We will also long carry in memory the sights of public places we will not be able to visit due to epidemiological restrictions. By means of designs, simple geometric figures sketched, cast, and melded together, the materials and colours used, Przemek Pyszczek’s installations from the Playground Structures series evoke memories of children’s playgrounds from past decades. Arranged in space, the compositions, consisting of multi-colour lines, produce a sense of lightness, so they agree nicely with greenery. Like in the prototypes of such equipment at many Polish housing estates, the ruggedness of steel seems softened by the bright colours covering its surface. The artist’s works, both those meant to be physically interacted with and those presented as art forms in a gallery, engage spectators to follow their own interpretations. Alluding to their origin – housing-estate public-area furniture and its anonymous design – they make the impression of something familiar, although to the initiated its forms and shapes may also appear reminiscent of art objects from the beginning of the twentieth century.
Przemek Pyszczek, Playground Structures, 2020
Library of the University of Zielona Góra
Przemek Pyszczek (b. 1985) studied Architecture at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada, graduating in 2007. Based on photographic images of high-rise housing façades and details characteristic for pre-transformation Poland, he makes assemblages and metalwork as well as graphic sculptures. Featured in 100 Sculptors of Tomorrow (2019). His works have been exhibited at the Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art in Winnipeg, the Museo Archeologico e d’Arte della Maremma in Grosetto and the Area archeologica di Roselle in Roselle, both in Italy, and as part of the public art festival Narracje / Narratives in Gdańsk. He currently lives and works in Drzeniów.