Artist: Rudolf Polanszky
Venue: Ancient and Modern, London
Date: September 1 – October 2, 2010
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ANCIENT & MODERN presents sculpture, collage reliefs and video by Vienna-based artist Rudolf Polanszky in his first solo exhibition in Britain.
In the late 1970s, Polanszky made a series of artworks using pigs’ fat, entitled ‘Schweinsfettzeichnungen’ (1976) in an attempt to incorporate something that once was alive into his art. During the 1980s, he developed an extensive and ongoing sculpture practice alongside film and video works, the latter often recording pseudo-scientific experiments or action painting.
Rudolf Polanszky emerges from a generation of post 1960s artists that includes Dieter Roth, Valie Export and Franz West. Polanszky’s sculptures contain the raw scraps of industrial materiality – iron, wood, plastic – bound in visually delicate but robustly balanced ‘plinths’, which carry aloft plexiglass sections in part describing a circle, or horizontal sections the length of a rectangle and reminiscent of strata below the surface of the earth. The sculptures, like vessels, are sometimes filled with smaller versions of themselves, or else more fluid and visceral substances such as feathers, pigment, foam and fibreglass, ranging in form from the maquette to the monumental.
The exhibition presents two examples of Polanszky’s ‘Hypertransform Sculptures’ (2002–2005); smaller scale works ‘Tube Sculpture’ (2008) and ‘Transaggregate, Blue’ (2010) and a large painting from his ‘Reconstruction Series’. Five films drawn the last thirty years are screened including his drinking performance ‘Semiology of Senses’ (1976) along with ‘Musical Ape’ (1980) and ‘Piece for Animals’ (2002).
The first in a series of ‘Pamphlets’ to be produced by Ancient & Modern will be published during the course of the exhibition.