Marcin Rusak

Marcin Rusak was born in 1987, in Warsaw, Poland. He now lives and works in London. Marcin situates his work at the intersection of value, ephemerality and aesthetics. He studies contemporary patterns of consumption, industry methods of manipulation, and the complicated systems we support. In his pursuit of authenticity, Marcin creates work that asks questions, references history and proposes possible future scenarios. Utilising the power of materials, volume and form, he moves from decorative art objects to sculptures. Marcin has a background in both humanities (BA from European Studies from University of Warsaw) and art programmes such as Man and Living at the conceptual Design Academy Eindhoven, Netherlands as well as receiving an MA in Design Products from London’s Royal College of Arts. In 2015, Marcin has been awarded the Perrier-Jouët Arts Salon Prize for emerging artists. He has exhibited at group shows including “What is Luxury?” at the V&A, Design Miami/Basel, London, Milan and Dubai design fairs. Recently Flora was presented for the first time in Paris, France at M&O as a result of a “Rising Talent Award” for which Marcin was nominated by Ilse Crawford.

Awards, Nominations, Grants and Talks:

• The U-50 International Hokuriku Kogei Awards, Excellence Award, Toyama, Japan. 2017 • The Arts Foundation Award: Shortlisted. London, UK. 2017
• The Architecture Digest Design Award: Recipient. Berlin, Germany. 2016
• Hospital Club 100 Award: Nomination. London, UK. 2016
• Wallpaper Design Award 2016 Recipient. London, UK. 2016
• Luxury? Frankly, I Don’t give a damn: Ravensbourne University, talk. London, UK. 2016
• The Making Process – The American University, talk. 2016. Dubai, United Arab Emirates.2016 • Perrier-Jouët Arts Salon Prize 2015 Recipient London, UK. 2015
• Research In Making Award: Decorex Recipient. London UK. 2015
• Creating Narratives: University of Gothenburg, talk. Gothenburg, Sweden. 2015
• Decorex Future Heritage Foundation: Receipient. London, UK. 2015
• Brilliant – Eddie Mundy award – nomination. 2014. London, UK.
• Moving Minds: Sustain RCA Award Recipient. London, UK. 2015

Solo shows:

• Flora Noir: Twenty First Gallery, New York, USA. 2017
• In orescence and Other Artefacts: Contemporary Applied Arts, London, 2015

Selected group exhibitions:

• Hokuriku Kogei Summit: “WORLDS KOGEI (artisan crafts) 100”: Toyama Museum of Art and Design, Toyama, Japan. 2017 • Jerwood Makers: Jerwood Visual Arts, London, UK, 2017
• Rising Talents Award: Maison & Object, Paris, France. 2017
• Design Miami Basel: Nature Lab. Miami, USA. 2016
• handiCRAFT: Traditional Skills in the Digital Age: MAK Vienna, Austria. 2016 • London Design Festival: British Craft Pavilion. London, UK. 2016
• Breathless: London Design Festival. London, UK. 2016
• Design Miami Basel: Nature Lab. Basel, Switzerland. 2016
• Design Days Dubai: Crafts Council. Dubai, UAE. 2016
• What Is Luxury?: V&A, London, UK. 2015
• Ready, Made, Go: ACE Hotel Shoreditch, London, UK. 2015 • Future Heritage: Decorex. London, UK. 2015
• Biennale internationale Design. Saint-Étienne, France. 2015 • Concerning Plants: Select Festival, London, UK. 2015

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