“Like a mirage, everything here is other than it seems. Science can explain optical illusions, just as aesthetics can explain artistic ones, but the effects remain enchanting to behold.” — Lori Waxman
In Autumn 2017, Slovakian artist Roman Ondak, renowned for his object-based and participatory practices, exhibited for the first time in the United States four sculptural installations and an ongoing series of paintings, Deserts. Although Ondak began Deserts in the 1990s, most of the “found paintings” exhibited were produced expressly for The Arts Club. Below, Lori Waxman celebrates the exhibition in the Chicago Tribune, highlighting Ondak’s precarious play between inherited practices and experimental forms.
This exhibition coincided with Ondak’s inclusion in the Fondation Louis Vuitton’s feature of exceptional works in the Museum of Modern Art’s collection, entitled “Being Modern: MoMA in Paris“, which ran through March 8th. To learn more about Man Walking Toward a Fata Morgana, click here.