Modern Art Oxford Presents Roman Ondak Time Capsule

March 12 – May 20, 2011
Modern Art Oxford - 30 Pembroke Street, Oxford


Modern Art Oxford presents two new works by Slovakian artist Roman Ondák, in his first major solo exhibition in the UK.

Ondák’s work has a conceptual and performative focus and at its core, an interest in transferring real life experiences into the context of art. For Time Capsule, Ondák will expand on this trajectory with two new works that reference recent world events. Visitors to the Upper Galleries will be conceptually transported to particular sites, provoking us to question our perceptions of the spaces around us and to inhabit environments that have a strong resonance with the contemporary psyche. Time Capsule makes direct reference to the incident at the San José mine in Chile in 2010, in which 33 miners were trapped for 69 days. The miners were in the end raised from the mine through a drilled escape shaft and by the use of the rescue capsule called Fenix 2. Ondák has created an exact replica of the capsule, which will be installed in the darkened gallery and connected by a rope to an escape shaft attached to the gallery’s ceiling.

The second work, Stampede, reflects on the movement of people through spaces and evokes overcrowded situation. For this work Ondák will stage a performance involving a large crowd of people prior to the exhibition walking into and out of the darkened gallery, the traces of which will be left evident in the Gallery.

A monograph will be produced to accompany this exhibition, in collaboration with Kunsthaus Zürich and Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen K21, Düsseldorf.


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Images Credits:

Roman Ondák
Time Capsule, 2011
(preliminary documentary photograph for installation)

Roman Ondák
Time Capsule, 2011
(preliminary documentary photograph for installation)

Roman Ondák
Stampede, 2011
(preliminary documentary photograph for performance)