Secession opens Dominik Lang Expanded Anxiety

. March 4, 2013 . 0 Comments

Secession presents Expanded Anxiety an exhibition on view through April 21, 2013.

For this exhibition Expanded Anxiety in the Secession’s Galerie space, Czech artist Dominik Lang developed a series of works in which he reinterprets elements of Cubist sculpture and architecture. For the title installation in the back room, he reconstructs the famous statue Ùzkost [Anxiety] (1911/12) by sculptor Otto Gutfreund in an enlarged form specially adapted to the exhibition space, allowing visitors to experience the sculpture in a new way and get right inside it.

In his interventions and installations, Lang explores the complex relations between viewer and object, object and space, subjective perception and historicization. He has repeatedly dealt with Czech modernism and demonstrated his personal approach to (art) history. The new vitrine architectures and sculptures on show in the first room are typical of the kind of free, fictional dialogue that he often sets up in his work with pieces by predecessors including Josef Gočár, Vlastislav Hofmann, Pavel Janák. At the same time, he also uses this presentation to create a broader context and to prepare the (historical) mood for his installation Expanded Anxiety in the back room of the Galerie.

Expanded Anxiety is based on the statue Ùzkost ([Anxiety] 1911–12) by Czech sculptor Otto Gutfreund (1889, Dvůr Králove–1927, Prague) from the collection of the National Museum in Prague. Gutfreund studied in Paris and counts as one of the first proponents of Czech cubism. Dominik Lang: “The statue was in an expressionist-cubist style, the refracted surfaces and sharp corners emphasise the tension in the figure and its concentration and focus into the inside—in my opinion the sculpture doesn’t attempt to expand into the space and display itself, but it rather feels it wants to reduce itself into the most compressed, squeezed form.”*

Dominik Lang, born 1980 in Prague, lives and works in Prague. www.secession.at

Category: Fine Art

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