Perrier-Jouët Arts Salon
Marcin Rusak First Solo Exhibition
"Inflorescence and Other Artefacts" is Marcin Rusak first solo exhibition, it celebrates his award of the 2015 Perrier-Jouët Arts Salon Prize for emerging makers.
Marcin’s multidisciplinary work, inspired by the beauty and subtlety of the natural world, is routed in the history and science of flowers. Marcin’s work embodies the philosophies of Art Nouveau in a contemporary context to explore and re-imagine the overlooked details of our lives. The exhibition is a presentation of new work alongside pieces made for his degree show at the Royal College of Art in 2014. It is inventive, challenging and insightful with a hint of nostalgia. For his first show, Marcin introduces us to his diverse creations and inventions including perishable vases made from compacted waste collected from flower markets, a 3-D printed ‘flower monster' and a series of receptacles designed to hold fragrance drawing attention to how engineered modifications to prolong life have reduced the scent of flowers.
Marcin’s childhood memories and family heritage have inspired this body of work that looks toward the future of materials. He uses the industrialisation of flower production to question the state of society – through over and forced production, flowers have lost their locality, seasonality and natural imperfections and ultimately, their authenticity. Launched in January 2013, the Perrier-Jouët Arts Salon supports the selection of an annual prize winner and support the winner in the developement of their career. Candidates are nominated by leaders in the fields of Applied Arts and Craft, and the Salon Members then select a winner from those nominees. Discover Marcin Rusak’s solo exhibition from 25 June to 2 August 2015 at Contemporary Applied Arts, London.