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Roman Ondák “signature” at karimanzutto, Mexico City

In his installations, performances, sculptures, drawings and photographs, Roman Ondák invites us to rediscover habits and common objects hiding within everyday life.

Whether standing in line, checking the time or walking within designated areas, the Slovakian artist transforms daily rituals into strangely bewildering actions by transporting them into the space of galleries and museums. Through his work, the spectator discovers alternatives to standardized routines, eliciting new possibilities and points of view whose political and social impact allows one to envisage other realities.

Ondák’s experience growing up under communist rule in the former Czechoslovakia contributes to the fact that many of his pieces explore the idea of borders. By subtly intervening and distorting a particular space, he examines the tendency of societies to systematize and structure existence, to organize the world in terms of inclusion and exclusion. Using everyday experiences as a form of raw material, Ondák’s work questions the nuances between private and public, inside and outside, representation and reality.

One of his better-known works, Measuring the Universe (2007), was presented during his solo exhibition, “Roman Ondák: la exhibición se desvaneció sin dejar rastro” at the Museo Tamayo in 2011. In this piece, the artist translates the family tradition of marking the yearly height of children into a performance, incorporating audience participation spanning along the walls of the museum.

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at karimanzutto, Mexico City

until 1 November 2014

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Above Signature, (detail) 2014

Nest, 2012

Signature, (detail) 2014

Escape Circuit, 2014

Signature, (detail) 2014

Signature, (detail) 2014

Signature, (detail) 2014

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Roman Ondák “signature” installation views at karimanzutto, Mexico City, 2014

Courtesy: karimanzutto, Mexico City

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