Zone 1, Vienna Contemporary, Vienna (AT)

21.09.2017 – 24.09.2017

Marlies Wirth (AT)

In a new space-filling installation, Kay Walkowiak is discussing and renegotiating the intimate network of relationships between subject and art object as a power structure of desire and aversion.

Through the art history of painting, primary materials such as canvas and paint, traditionally covered with meaning, form the elementary components of his sculptural objects, which he conceives as a set display for the viewer and subsequently open up a choreography of references to the canon of forms in minimalist painting.

Walkowiak picks up on questions of mediality placing them in dialog with the context of the fair by processing the main medium of the art market, painting, in a performative installation. Besides being a confrontation with power structures in the competition in the art market, his work also deals with the question of the personal physical, and emotional relationships to an artwork.

Text: Zone 1, Vienna Contemporary, Vienna 2017
Photos: (c) Studio Kay Walkowiak

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