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the hill seen from afar, 2011

bonsai tree, dried moss, various materials

dimensions variable

installation kunstsammlung nordrhein-westfalen (k21), düsseldorf, 2012

keyhole, 2012

installation

1.57 x 1.57 x .28 inches

installation deutsche guggenheim, berlin

sharing the room, 1998

installation view

hotel unterbergnerhof, austrian alps

capture, 1991

iron and copper wires, plywood

20.8 x 23.23 x 3.66 inches

occupied balcony, 2002

color photograph mounted on dibond

16.14 x 23.23 inches

installation at town hall, graz, austria

lucky day, 2006

16 mm color film

4:00 minutes loop

catch, 2010

installation

dimensions variable

loop, 2009

color pencil, felt-tip pen and postcard on cut-out paper

8.15 x 8.27 inches

escena, 2013

installation

palacio de cristal, madrid, spain

escena, 2013

installation

palacio de cristal, madrid, spain

glimpse, 2010

pencil on found prints, series of 12

dimensions variable

measuring the universe, 2007

documentation of performance

enter the orbit, 2011

96 miniature models of sputnik 1 made by the artist and his friends

detail of the installation

signature, 2014

set of 50 sculptures, mixed media

dimensions variable

spirit and opportunity, 2004

concrete, tennis court clay, lava stones

overall dimensions 19.69 x 393.7 x 1574.8 inches

after return from orbit, 2011

installation

23.62 x 122.05 x 23.62 inches

sk parking, 2001

black and white photograph mounted on dibond

33.46 x 28.19 inches

zone, 2010

functional oversized cloakroom and two performers

installation and performance at 6th berlin biennale, berlin, germany

sated table, 1997

silkscreen print on cardboard and paper, kitchen utensisl, kitchen table

39.37 x 36.22 x 23.23 inches

good feelings in good times, 2003

documentation of performance

museo tamayo, mexico city; wiels, brussels; casino luxembourg, luxembourg; kölnischer kunstverein, cologne; tate collection, london.

cubic floor, 1996

cut and reconfigured parquet flooring

19.69 x 19.69 x 19.69 inches

ein museum, 2009

documentary photographs of intervention

ein museum, 2009

documentary photographs of intervention

somewhere else, 2002

series of 10 drawings made by the artist in collaboration with his parents

each between 7.87 x 11.41 and 16.53 x 21.06 inches

passage, 2004

silver foil sculptures made from chocolate bar wrappers by 500 japanese steel workers, table

37.4 x 236.2 x 189 inches

antinomads, 2000/2006

series of 12 poscards, 4.1 x 5.8 inches each

antinomads, 2000/2006

100 postcards, album, table

dimensions variable

the stray man, 2006

documentation of action

image

the hill seen from afar, 2011

bonsai tree, dried moss, various materials

dimensions variable

installation kunstsammlung nordrhein-westfalen (k21), düsseldorf, 2012

image

keyhole, 2012

installation

1.57 x 1.57 x .28 inches

installation deutsche guggenheim, berlin

image

sharing the room, 1998

installation view

hotel unterbergnerhof, austrian alps

image

capture, 1991

iron and copper wires, plywood

20.8 x 23.23 x 3.66 inches

image

occupied balcony, 2002

color photograph mounted on dibond

16.14 x 23.23 inches

installation at town hall, graz, austria

image

lucky day, 2006

16 mm color film

4:00 minutes loop

image

catch, 2010

installation

dimensions variable

image

loop, 2009

color pencil, felt-tip pen and postcard on cut-out paper

8.15 x 8.27 inches

image

escena, 2013

installation

palacio de cristal, madrid, spain

image

escena, 2013

installation

palacio de cristal, madrid, spain

image

glimpse, 2010

pencil on found prints, series of 12

dimensions variable

image

measuring the universe, 2007

documentation of performance

image

enter the orbit, 2011

96 miniature models of sputnik 1 made by the artist and his friends

detail of the installation

image

signature, 2014

set of 50 sculptures, mixed media

dimensions variable

image

spirit and opportunity, 2004

concrete, tennis court clay, lava stones

overall dimensions 19.69 x 393.7 x 1574.8 inches

image

after return from orbit, 2011

installation

23.62 x 122.05 x 23.62 inches

image

sk parking, 2001

black and white photograph mounted on dibond

33.46 x 28.19 inches

image

zone, 2010

functional oversized cloakroom and two performers

installation and performance at 6th berlin biennale, berlin, germany

image

sated table, 1997

silkscreen print on cardboard and paper, kitchen utensisl, kitchen table

39.37 x 36.22 x 23.23 inches

image

good feelings in good times, 2003

documentation of performance

museo tamayo, mexico city; wiels, brussels; casino luxembourg, luxembourg; kölnischer kunstverein, cologne; tate collection, london.

image

cubic floor, 1996

cut and reconfigured parquet flooring

19.69 x 19.69 x 19.69 inches

image

ein museum, 2009

documentary photographs of intervention

image

ein museum, 2009

documentary photographs of intervention

image

somewhere else, 2002

series of 10 drawings made by the artist in collaboration with his parents

each between 7.87 x 11.41 and 16.53 x 21.06 inches

image

passage, 2004

silver foil sculptures made from chocolate bar wrappers by 500 japanese steel workers, table

37.4 x 236.2 x 189 inches

image

antinomads, 2000/2006

series of 12 poscards, 4.1 x 5.8 inches each

image

antinomads, 2000/2006

100 postcards, album, table

dimensions variable

image

the stray man, 2006

documentation of action

roman ondak
* 1966, Slovakia

 

Roman Ondak plays with ideas of relocation, representation, and the duplication of experience, shifting and sharpening the viewer’s attention to everyday life. Growing up under the communist regime of former Czechoslovakia, the artist became attentive to systems of inclusion and exclusion that ordered this particular society. Questioning the failure of the communist structure in his work, Ondak explores the potential for different orders—new patterns of behavior, and ultimately, alternative social and political possibilities. His work is often quite subtle, infiltrating the spectator’s surroundings in imaginative and quiet ways, suggesting a renegotiation with reality. Adopting an almost anthropological approach, he recombines aspects of the quotidian with his incisive artistic wit, opening up space to challenge the rules of the everyday through his poetic alterations. Ondak’s work is not only curious about the rituals and assumptions that govern our lives; he is playfully interrogative of the art system as well as society at large, urging us to greater awareness.

 

Roman Ondak studied graphic design and painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bratislava from 1988 to 1994. He also studied at Slippery Rock University, Pennsylvania (1993); Collegium Helveticum in Zurich (1999–2000); the CCA in Kitakyushu (2004); he has had grants from the DAAD in Berlin (2007/08) and the Villa Arson in Nice (2010).

 

His most important exhibitions include: Roman Ondak: Storyboard, Guangdong Times Museum, Guangzhou, China (2015); Roman Ondak, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Palacio de Cristal, Madrid, Spain (2013); Roman Ondak: Some Thing, The Common Guild, Glasglow, United Kingdom (2013); do not walk outside this area, Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin, Germany (2012); Roman Ondak, Musée d’art moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris France (2012); Enter the Orbit, Kunsthaus Zürich, Zürich Switzerland (2011); Time Capsule, Modern Art Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom (2011); Before Waiting Becomes Part of Your Life, Salzburger Kunstverein, Salzburg, Germany (2011); Loop, Czech and Slovak Pavilion of the 53rd Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy (2009); Measuring the Universe, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, United States (2009); Path, CCA Wattis Institute, San Francisco, United States (2008).

 

Moreover, his work has been included in group exhibitions at institutions such as the Tate Modern, London, United Kingdom (2016, 2006); MALBA Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires (2015); Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Detroit, United States (2013); Kunsthalle Nürnberg, Germany (2012); MoMA PS1, New York United States (2011); Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Neatherlands (2010, 2005); ICA, Boston United States (2008); Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt Germany (2005), among others.

 

He has participated in the following biennials: the 54 th and 50 th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy (2011 & 2003); the 5th Moscow Biennial, Moscow, Russia (2013); the 5th Liverpool Biennial. Liverpool, United Kingdom (2008); the 8th Panama Art Biennial. Panama City, Panama (2008); the 27th Bienal São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil (2006) and the Prague Biennial, Prague Chec Republic (2003).

 

Roman Ondak currently lives and works in Brat