NAKED FIGURES, DRESSED FIGURINES – Dominik Lang at the Gallery Apart in Rome
The Gallery Apart is proud to present the second solo exhibition by Dominik Lang, who two years ago inaugurated the current gallery space in the Ostiense neighborhood with a monumental work that beautifully captured and exalted the internal geometries of the gallery architecture, thanks to a language and to a research committed to the interpretation of space and time through works always physically framed in a given context and evocative of experiences and personalities from the past. Arriving in Rome on the wave of the great success of The Sleeping City, the large-scale installation presented in the Czech and Slovak Pavilion during the 54th Venice Biennale, between the first and the second Roman shows Lang debuted an impressive series of exhibitions in well-known public and private institutions worldwide, such as the solo shows hosted at the National Gallery in Prague, at the MUMA in Melbourne, at INHOTIM’s Galeria Lago in Belo Horizonte, at the Czech Center New York, at the Kunsthaus Dresden.
Naked Figures, Dressed Figurines – the title of the exhibition – suggests a new slight, though meaningful, shifting of the centre of gravity in the artist’s interest. In Lang’s works, the human figure has always been the main element around which the context revolves. The relationship between man and surrounding space, built or evoked through unsettling architectural modifications, and the relationship between man and time, through the ideal, and at times even factual, reference to the artworks of predecessor artists, find new life in a research that this time investigates the relationship between man, as sculpted figure, and the artist himself. The field of investigation, so universal but also so intimate, drives Lang to consider and therefore to use once again the sculptures of his late father artist Jirí Lang (1927 – 1996), with an approach to the sculpted figure that highlights the theme of the exhibition, which is the relationship between the model and its representation, between sculpture and space, between the art – making process and the artist. Dominik Lang develops the theme by interconnecting the sculptures with each other, working on the idea of copy and playing with scale representations, skillfully manipulating the humane figure through interventions of segment ation and fragmentation, providing the viewer with the perception of new coordinates and never-seen-before compositions, presenting sculptures related to different phases of the creative process. Aim of the artist is to create and show a whole range of figures which as duplicates draw life from the real model, wherefrom the creative process started to the formless and abstract mass of clay, through a series of sculpted figures that seem to return to the real original model.
Naked Figures, Dressed Figurines is therefore an aesthetic experience and at the same time it is a keen re-evaluation of the humane figure, whether it is real or sculpted, whether it is an original or a copy, whether it comes from the artist or from his father. Lang urges the viewer not to perceive the works individually as a series of static figures, but rather as artworks that provoke a physical sensation and create an interplay between the viewer and the sculpture, in a sort of a continuous movement of the figures through the exhibition space.
The Gallery Apart – Via Francesco Negri, 43, Roma
Opening – Friday 9 0ctober 2015 at 6pm
10 October – 5 December 2015