Roman Ondak

Roman Ondak
May 1 – June 6, 2015

Flag, 2015 (left) 
Lead pipe, paint 
70 x 45 x 5 cm

The Joys of an Iron Curtain Trip to the Black Sea, 1989-2015 (right) 
Drawings and etching from 1989 made by the artist, drawings made by other people, postcards, b/w photographs, pinboard, film rewinding table, map
Pinboard: 126 x 186 x 5 cm
Table: 85 x 120 x 61 cm

Photo © Andrea Rossetti

The Joys of an Iron Curtain Trip to the Black Sea, 1989-2015
Drawings and etching from 1989 made by the artist, drawings made by other people, Postcards, b/w photographs, pinboard, film rewinding table, map
Pinboard: 126 x 186 x 5 cm
Table: 85 x 120 x 61 cm

Photo © Andrea Rossetti

Flag, 2015
Lead pipe, paint
70 x 45 x 5 cm

Photo © Andrea Rossetti

Open, 2015 (front) 
Modified door 
19 x 95 x 47 cm

Unauthorized Access Prohibited, 2015 (back) 
Door grille, handmade sign, wall label
182 x 122 x 62 cm


Photo © Andrea Rossetti

Open, 2015 (front) 
Modified door 
19 x 95 x 47 cm

Passage Series of 4 drawings made by relatives of the artist
, 2007 (back) 
Color pencil on paper
45 x 63 x 4 cm each (framed), 4 parts


Photo © Andrea Rossetti

Inside Out, 2015
Electric mountings, steel wires
Dimensions variable

For this work Roman Ondak deinstalled old ceramic mountings for electric cables in Bratislava and re-installed them at the gallery, creating a street situation in the gallery space. Inside Out constitutes an alternating continuum.

Photo © Andrea Rossetti
Inside Out, 2015
Electric mountings, steel wires
Dimensions variable

For this work Roman Ondak deinstalled old ceramic mountings for electric cables in Bratislava and re-installed them at the gallery, creating a street situation in the gallery space. Inside Out constitutes an alternating continuum.

Photo © Andrea Rossetti
Inside Out, 2015 (detail) 
Electric mountings, steel wires
Dimensions variable

For this work Roman Ondak deinstalled old ceramic mountings for electric cables in Bratislava and re-installed them at the gallery, creating a street situation in the gallery space. Inside Out constitutes an alternating continuum.

Photo © Andrea Rossetti

Roman Ondak

Roman Ondak
Johnen Galerie, Berlin
May 1 – June 6, 2015
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For his second exhibition at Johnen Galerie, Roman Ondak developed a sequence of older and new works that are presented in three rooms. As usual, Ondak’s work evolves from a performative conception. All sculptures, installations, photographs, and performances emerge from interpersonal actions, like the fragments of an old door that are installed on the floor, arranged in the V-shape of a half-open door. 

A door grille blocks the approach to a corner in one room. A hand-painted tag attached to this found object indicates “Unauthorized access prohibited”. As the label for the work is located behind the grille, the viewer has to read the label through the fence. 

The third work emphasizes the performative sequence of four drawings: Passage (2007) refers to a previous work from 2004 about Japanese steel workers, who were given bars of chocolate to make little sculptures out of the silver wrapping foil.

The second room shows an archive-installation about a journey of the artist and his wife to the Black Sea in Bulgaria in 1989, shortly before the collapse of Communism. Postcards, drawings by acquainted philosophers and writers, and other materials are merging into an installation from different time periods (1989 to 2015).

Next to it, Ondak installed a lead water pipe that was excavated at his house, with its ends and bent point painted in the colors of the Slovak national flag.

For the third room of the exhibition, the artist created a street situation between two houses. He deinstalled old ceramic mountings for electric cables in Bratislava and re-installed them at the gallery. The modern 'white cube' blends with the lively street situation of another time.

 

Roman Ondak (*1966 in Zilina, Slovakia) has had numerous exhibitions, includuding at the Museum Nacional de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid (2013), Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (2012), Deutsche Guggenheim Berlin (Artist of the Year 2012), K21 Düsseldorf (2012), Kunsthaus Zürich (2011), Museum of Modern Art, New York (2009), Czech and Slovak Pavilion at the 53. Venice Biennale (2009). Roman Ondak lives and works in Bratislava.

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