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Roman Ondak – Bad News, 2018

Photos © Andrea Rossetti

Roman Ondak
Bad News, 2018
Newspaper papier-mâché, revolving worktable
114 x 81 x 81 cm
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Bad News consists of a round table with three papier-mâché spheres placed on its tabletop. As is characteristic of Roman Ondak’s practice, the table, formerly a revolving worktable showing signs of wear, is a found object that most likely originates from an artisan’s workshop in Bratislava, where the artist works and lives.

The three spheres were made by Ondak using pages from three different widely-read newspapers, the American The New York Times, the Russian Izvestia and the Slovakian SME. The artist collected the newspaper issues for the work throughout December 2018. The diameters of the spheres was determined by the number of printed pages of each newspaper. While the surface of each sphere appears as a cacophony of article headlines and text quotes, the artist’s selection of the visible headlines was deliberately random. It is the observer who, subtly nudged by the work’s title, might assume “bad news” when in fact they may not be any.

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The work alludes to the relative and subjective nature of information: what is “bad” news in one paper, might be “good” in another, what is troubling for one person, might be a relief to the other. By extension Bad News also invokes how the daily output of information through mass media channels may influence our outlook.

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The work of Roman Ondak (b. 1966, in Zilina, Slovakia) evolves from a performative conception and consists of sculpture, installation, photography, drawing and performance. The artist often uses found objects. His medium is the everyday and society's sets of expectations, assumptions, automatisms and projections that shape our perception of reality. Although the collaborative approach is not always immediately visible, Ondak has also foregrounded the production of object-based elements by others. Often, Roman Ondak transforms everyday rituals into poignant performative situations, obliquely addressing social and political ideas and images.<br><br>Recent solo exhibitions include: <b>#12 Roman Ondak</b>, mezzaterra 11, Belluno (2018–19); <b>Based on True Events</b>, Lovis-Corinth-Preis, Kunstforum Ostdeutsche Galerie, Regensburg (2018); <b>Objects in the Mirror</b>, BASE Progetti per l’arte Arte, Florence (2018); <b>Man Walking Toward a Fata Morgana</b>, The Arts Club of Chicago, Chicago (2017); H<b>istory Repeats Itself</b>, KUNSTEN Museum of Modern Art, Aalborg (2017); <b>The Source of Art is in the Life of a People,</b> South London Gallery, London (2016); <b>Storyboard</b>, Times Museum, Guangzhou (2015); <b>Roman Ondak</b>, Kaldor Art Projects, Sydney (2014).<br>

The work of Roman Ondak (b. 1966, in Zilina, Slovakia) evolves from a performative conception and consists of sculpture, installation, photography, drawing and performance. The artist often uses found objects. His medium is the everyday and society's sets of expectations, assumptions, automatisms and projections that shape our perception of reality. Although the collaborative approach is not always immediately visible, Ondak has also foregrounded the production of object-based elements by others. Often, Roman Ondak transforms everyday rituals into poignant performative situations, obliquely addressing social and political ideas and images.

Recent solo exhibitions include: #12 Roman Ondak, mezzaterra 11, Belluno (2018–19); Based on True Events, Lovis-Corinth-Preis, Kunstforum Ostdeutsche Galerie, Regensburg (2018); Objects in the Mirror, BASE Progetti per l’arte Arte, Florence (2018); Man Walking Toward a Fata Morgana, The Arts Club of Chicago, Chicago (2017); History Repeats Itself, KUNSTEN Museum of Modern Art, Aalborg (2017); The Source of Art is in the Life of a People, South London Gallery, London (2016); Storyboard, Times Museum, Guangzhou (2015); Roman Ondak, Kaldor Art Projects, Sydney (2014).


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Reading Corner

<b>Roman Ondak</b><br>

Roman Ondak

New Observations
2018
Publisher: Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Cologne
English

Available here

<b>Roman Ondak</b><br>

Roman Ondak

History Repeats Itself
2017
Publisher: Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Cologne
Danish / English

Available here

<b>Roman Ondak</b><br>LOOP<br>

Roman Ondak
LOOP

2012
Publisher: Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Cologne
English

Available here


<b>Roman Ondak</b><br>

Roman Ondak

Guide
2012
Publisher: Mousse Publishing, Milan / Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Cologne
English

Available here

<b>Roman Ondak</b><br>

Roman Ondak

Measuring the Universe
2009
Publisher: JRP | Editions
English

Available here

 
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