Michał Budny presents novel ways of looking through the looking glass at his latest show in Vienna. Budny's "Mirrors" do not boast smooth, shiny surfaces that faithfully reflect the images before them. Instead, they suggest other ways of seeing, an evanescent transparency, along with a changing process of sensory experience...
Michał Budny, object from the series "Mirrors", © Galerie nächst St. Stephan
Michał Budny presents novel ways of looking through the looking glass at his latest show in Vienna
Untitled (Eyes in the Mirror) is among the works that Budny presented at his first show at the Galerie nächst St. Stephan in 2008. It is a two-dimensional wall object with two circular blotches of black acrylic on raw cardboard. Unlike the title suggests, the work is not about reflexive recognition, but about two blind spots. It is not a spatial duplication, but a kind of visual disturbance. It is a mistake that is not a defect, but which rather opens up a new fluid space on an even plane. Fluid in its materiality and its two- and three-dimensionality, it is a world where temporal and spatial order has shifted.
Since then the artist has been moving towards a definition of two- and three-dimensional works in cardboard, plastic wrap and tape - simple and easily destructible materials. Budny's "Mirrors" do not boast smooth, shiny surfaces that faithfully reflect the images before them. Instead, they suggest other ways of seeing, an evanescent transparency, along with a changing process of sensory experience.
These new objects resemble constructions that are precisely and methodically left unfinished and halfway. They no longer claim to be factitious sculptural bodies, but rather employ all their poetry and fragility to highlight these bodies' development – their potential and contingency in space and time.
Michał Budny has participated in a number of major exhibitions around the world, including the 10th Small Sculpture Triennial in Fellbach, Germany, in 2007, and the Manifesta 7 in Trentino, Italy, in 2008. His solo exhibition in South London Gallery in 2010 has also attracted much media attention, and his works will be shown in a solo exhibition in the Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen in Düsseldorf and the Kunstmuseum Stuttgart in 2011.
The exhibition runs between January 21 - February 26 at Galerie nächst St. Stephan in Vienna. For more information, see: www.schwarzwaelder.at
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