Przemek Pyszczek’s work seeks to create a fragmented memoryscape
that reconciles familiar color palettes, forms and materials that are
extracted from a place where Pyszczek feels at home, yet also foreign.
Following his family’s emigration from Poland to Canada, Pyszczek laid
the focus of his recent artistic work on the phenomenon of mass-produced residential blocks built in Poland before 1989 and their surrounding urban and social contexts. His interest in the deconstruction of these systems is founded in formal analyses and their intersection with his autobiographical history.
The notion of facades and their artifice is an aspect that appears throughout Pyszczek’s work. Buildings that are out-of-date are covered over with styrofoam and painted with a range of hues that somehow straddle the line between vibrancy and drabness. Much like the layers we apply to our physical selves, these veneers are fleeting and do not fully address the social and physical histories that have been inherited. Ultimately, the past into which these buildings provide a window cannot be erased or rectified with architectural intervention.