Specialising in storytelling, process, and material investigation, Marcin Rusak's work often incorporates research, object and installation as well as visual creations to explore overlooked details of our lives which, recreated and re-imagined, are shown again in a different light.
Marcin Rusak (born in 1987, Warsaw, Poland) is an artist and multidisciplinary designer interested in ideas of value, ephemerality, and aesthetics. Specialising in storytelling, process, and material investigation, his work often incorporates research, object and installation as well as visual creations to explore overlooked details of our lives which, recreated and re-imagined, are shown again in a different light.
As the son and grandson of flower growers, he has long been fascinated by these natural sources of inspiration and decoration. Engaging them in his creative process began by reusing waste to investigate new decorative elements within everyday objects. It led to a rich body of work ranging from research and storytelling to cultural criticism around consumption and future scenarios.
He has exhibited worldwide, including most recent solo presentations at the BIO 27 design Biennale, Ljubljana, Slovenia; Ordet, Milan, Italy; Twenty First Gallery, New York, Cobra Gallery, Shanghai; Horta Museum, Brussels, Belgium. He has also taken part in important group exhibitions at the Carpenters Workshop Gallery, Paris, Hauser & Wirth, Somerset and London, Museum für Gestaltung in Zürich, William Morris Gallery, London and Jerwood Visual Arts, London. Awarded with EDIDA Young Designer of the Year 2022 and regularly mentioned in the prestigious AD100 list published by Architectural Digest globally, Rusak has given numerous talks and conducted workshops at internationally acclaimed design events and venues around the world.
DNA of THINGS
Marcin Rusak’s solo exhibition at the 27th Design Biennale in Ljubljana
Marcin Rusak Studio is pleased to announce the premiere of DNA of Things: a new exhibition concept summarising the studio’s research-based investigations.
At Marcin Rusak Studio, a new research chapter marks a decisive step forward in the field of scientific research applied to its creative method. At the same time, however, it links back to the very first investigations by the designer and his “Flower Monster” project (2013- 2014), in which he studied the possible implications of genetic mutation applied to natural evolution. This juxtaposition demonstrates his venture into a new dialogue between man and the natural world – one that is capable of annulling limits imposed on our materiality by the factor of time.
Each of Rusak’s collections – from the Perishable Vases, to Protoplasting Nature, to Nature of Things– presents an attempt to crystallise deterioration, celebrate transformation, and reduce an entire process down to a smell or a material. In the exhibition, the stages of this ongoing research are presented as a Living Archive, a review of techniques and experiments with which the studio has sought to transform degradable organic elements into actual materials. The Unnatural Practice philosophy that crystallised in last year’s exhibition and film first presented in Ordet in Milan ignited the studio’s collective conscience, determining further research toward a more pronounced dialogue in which scientific research is supported by technology in order to overcome the dichotomy between human and non-human, opening the doors to a new philosophy based on a relation between these two worlds.
DNA of Things is a snapshot of these investigations at the present stage. It puts together the most essential element in any living organism, the DNA, with the application of novel, experimental technologies in our lives. This, in turn, gives birth to a hybrid relation with the natural world which acts as a “custodian of memory” thanks to the possibility of containing, as in a time capsule, an internally encrypted message. It is a dialogue between human and vegetal beings that aims at communicating with the future, at moving our very life cycle outside of our temporal axis.