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October 13 – November 30 2021

Roman Ondak - Spirit and Opportunity

As observer of our reality, Roman Ondak records his everyday perceptions in the form of drawings and notes. From these he develops his artistic interventions that recursively impact the real world through context shifts and poetic mise-en-scènes. By means of a constant and contradictory transfer of meanings, the introduction of unexpected actions in a place wholly inscribed with expectations, or through the repetition of the same picture in different media, he supplements our accustomed balance of processes of perception with a significantly disruptive counterbalance. In this way, he unmasks our laboriously achieved balance of collective processes of constructing content, meaning, and their associated emotions.

Spirit and Opportunity, 2004. Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome, 2021. Photo © M3Studio


For his exhibition at the Kölnischer Kunstverein in 2004 Roman Ondak developed a sculptural in-situ work. Here a space of experience emerged, one filled with shifting, swelling, and unexpected perspectives. He contrasts reality with his own counter-proposal of a world that becomes a poetic setting of secret, unpredictable, random modes of behaviour and collective desires. The exhibition space assumes the materiality of a spatial object, which has the effect of a foreign body that is inserted in reality, but is inseparable from it at the same time.

Roman Ondak, Spirit and Opportunity, 2004

The surface of Mars reconstructed in the gallery based on images published in newspapers and magazines.
Installation and sketches
Concrete, tennis court clay, lava stones
Dimensions vary with installation

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Exhibition history:

Tre Stazioni per Arte-Scienza, Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome, 2021-2022

Roman Ondak, Spirit and Opportunity, Die Brücke, Kolnisher Kunstverein, Köln, 2004


Reproduced:

Roman Ondak, Measuring the Universe, Bawag Foundation Edition, Christoph Keller Editions, JRP Ringier, 2008

Roman Ondak, Galerie im Taxipalais, Innsbruck and BAK, basis voor actuel kunst, Utrecht, Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Köln, 2007

Roman Ondak, Kolnischer Kunstverein, Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Köln, 2005

Spirit and Opportunity, Die Brücke, Kolnisher Kunstverein, Cologne, 2004


Documentation of preliminary sketch