The canvases of Tomasz Kowalski are brimming with psychedelic and surrealistic tones – a man falling into a sea of mouths, or children’s games playing out with a hint of threat. At the Sunday Painter, Kowalski teams up with his mother Alicja in a new series of tapestries. Gizela Mickiewicz (born in 1984) and Roman Stańczak (born in 1969) represent two generations of sculptors from Warsaw. Found quotidian objects are cracked open or given new skins until they reveal strange transfers of energy in the work of Stańczak, whether a cupboard spewing out wooden chips or a steel coated bathtub. Mickiewicz focuses on the ways in which objects become reified, mounting them on walls with an air of gravitas. And there’s always a playful and humorous bent to Leo Fitzmaurice’s work which delights in instances of visual trickery. For instance, his carrier bags cast in bronze might transform into a landscape of rabbits, or car parts mounted on walls may become alien faces. At the Sunday Painter, he shows cigarette packs cropped into football shirts from the ‘Post Match’ series, begun in 1996 and finished last year.
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