Marcin RUSAK Poland, b. 1987

 

Rusak situates his work at the intersection of value, ephemerality and aesthetics. He studies contemporary patterns of consumption, industry methods of manipulation, and the complicated systems we support. In his pursuit of authenticity, Rusak creates work that asks questions, references history and proposes possible future scenarios. His 'Flora' furniture suggests the enigma and richness of a Dutch 17th Century still life, expressed through an accomplished handling of resin and offset by its contemporary framework setting.

 

Rusak has a background in both humanities (BA from European Studies from University of Warsaw) and art programmes such as Man and Living at the conceptual Eindhoven Design Academy, Netherlands, as well as receiving an MA in Design Products from London's Royal College of Arts. In 2015 Marcin has been awarded the Perrier-Jouët Arts Salon Prize for emerging artists. He has exhibited at group shows including "What is Luxury?" at the V&A, Design Miami/Basel, London, Milan and Dubai design fairs. 'Flora' was presented for the first time in Paris, France at M&O as a result of a "Rising Talent Award" for which Marcin was nominated by Ilse Crawford.

 

Artist's Statement:

 

When the family history of over 100 years of flower growers in central Warsaw ended with my birth, I felt there was nothing of a grower in myself. What I remember from growing up in my family home surrounded by abandoned glass houses is mostly their textured and rough industrial materiality and the presence of disappearance and decay at every step I took while constantly exploring their ghostly landscapes - glass, dry air, warmth, rust, zinc planters, pipes, machines, pumps, and multiple structures of unknown functionality.

 

Once flowers fulfil our decorative or symbolic needs, they become an unwanted and discarded reminiscence of life. Treated and processed, through my materials they regain significance and become part of a work which reference to their very temporary nature. I use them as a medium to talk about consumption where I investigate the flower production landscape.

 

'Flora':

 

The process of creating our pieces is very labour intensive as everything from collecting and processing the flowers to metal work or finishing the resin is done by hand. Each piece is composed almost like a painting where we choose actual flowers and leaves for their sculptural qualities or colours. We make several compositions and only when the effect is satisfactory we translate them into the material.