Marc Straus Gallery is pleased to present Marcin Cienski's f irst solo exhibition in the United States\, on view October 10 - November 1 1\, 2012.

Marcin Cienski’s paintings tell stories which unfol d in slow-motion and where details and narrative seem more acute. A circula r floodlight highlights a woman who raises her arms toward a chandelier\, s urrounded by complete darkness. Red Dress (2012) shows an intimate interior scene that transforms the viewer into a voyeur. Cienski's unique formal la nguage\, which is characterized by radiant colors\, stark contrasts and an evident painterly gesture\, provokes a strong connection with the subject m atter since it reminds us of photographs or stills of a movie\, but at the same time\, calls to mind that a painting is far more complex.

Marcin Cienski's current series Spaete Gaeste (Late Guests) is inspired b y a collection of objects assembled by his ancestors. His grandfather prese rved various artifacts such as medals\, feathers\, teeth of animals and oth er curiosities dating back to the family's roots in Poland's 13th century. Surviving both World Wars and the succeeding expropriation of their castle and personal property under the Communist regime\, those sometimes pedestri an objects were lovingly retained by Cienski's grandfather. For him they se rved to illustrate stories of the past\, making the family's unusual histor y vivid to the imagination of the young Marcin. Many years later\, the pain ter morphs his memories of his grandfather's tales into works of art\, an o bject being the cue to the story. Cienski leaves much to interpretation and viewer is urged to be reminded of their own personal experiences and past.

Marcin Cienski was born in 1976 in Krakow\, Poland. He receiv ed his MFA from the Fine Arts Academy Krakow in 2001 and has exhibited thro ughout Europe since. Recent solo shows were held in Leipzig\, Copenhagen\, Zürich and Antwerp. His art can be found is numerous significant collection s such as the Campbell Collection in Los Angeles\, Hauser&\;Wirth in Zür ich\, AmC Collezione Coppola in Vicenza and SOR Rusche in Oelde. He is repr esented by Galerie Jochen Hempel in Berlin and Leipzig.

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