Collection

Stach Szumski

The Issue of Office Bacteria VI

2018, acrylic, canvas, 150 x 180 cm

The paintings from the series The Issue of Office Bacteria enter into a visual dialogue with the aesthetics of leased office space. In the artist’s interpretation, vacant offices – seemingly sterile and neutral – actually pulse with hidden life, generating a vague anxiety. The miniature, replicated modules from which the paintings are constructed combine to form “molecular” chains, creating half abstract compositions and half figurative scenes. Works from this series were presented for the first time at a solo show organized by Polana Institute in the spaces of the Warsaw office centre Sawa Park. The immediate formal inspiration for creation of the richly detailed monochromatic canvases was the aggressive graphic pattern of office carpeting.

Stach Szumski

b. 1992, Gdańsk

Visual artist. A graduate of the Media Arts Department of the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. The artists creates paintings, installations, sculptures, graphics, drawings, and murals in public space. He attributes his visual education chiefly to grass-roots practices associated with post-graffiti. Co-founder (with Karolina Mełnicka) of the Nomadic State project – an artistic collective and fictional nomadic micro-state established in 2015. The visual messages of late capitalism and the side effects of globalization serve as fodder for his art. He carries out his works – including large-format murals as well as interdisciplinary projects based on local research – during and as the fruits of his numerous travels around the world. He lives and works in Warsaw.

b. 1992, Gdańsk

Visual artist. A graduate of the Media Arts Department of the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. The artists creates paintings, installations, sculptures, graphics, drawings, and murals in public space. He attributes his visual education chiefly to grass-roots practices associated with post-graffiti. Co-founder (with Karolina Mełnicka) of the Nomadic State project – an artistic collective and fictional nomadic micro-state established in 2015. The visual messages of late capitalism and the side effects of globalization serve as fodder for his art. He carries out his works – including large-format murals as well as interdisciplinary projects based on local research – during and as the fruits of his numerous travels around the world. He lives and works in Warsaw.

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