David Maljkovic – A Long Day for the Form

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September 18 –  November 10, 2012
T293 Rome – Via Giovanni Mario Crescimbeni 11, Rome

A Long Day for the Form focuses on David Maljkovic´s conceptual practice of restaging and re- presenting existing objects or displays that has already been thoroughly explored in shows at Sprueth Magers, Berlin, Kunsthalle, Basel, Sculpture Centre, New York and Secession, Vienna. Enigmatic traces, missing artworks and small interventions such as sound and light reveal themselves to the viewer from other contexts and contents.
The exhibition brings together three different groups of works in which the presence of emptied forms, frames, and structures enhances the absence of what would be expected to normally be there to be looked at, and shifts the stress from the artwork to the lack of it, from the exhibition to the act of exhibiting itself.
Engaging with the gallery space through a play of subtraction and removal, Maljkovic’s interventions are made up of lights, sounds, and architectural compositions which seem to create a frame for other potentially endless exhibitions. A 16 mm projection of an invisible moving image, an imposing installation from which only the sound of chirping crickets is let out to be heard, and captions of disappeared Vjenceslav Richter’s artworks construct a time and a place that could be here and wherever, now and whenever. David Maljkovic lives and works between Zagreb and Berlin. Recent exhibitions include Kunsthalle Basel (with Latifa Echakhch, 2012), Sculpture Center, New York (with Lucy Skaer, 2012), Secession, Vienna (2011-2012), Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid (2009), Kunstverein Hamburg (2007) and P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New York (2007). Recent group exhibitions include La Triennale, Paris (2012), Bucharest Biennale 5 (2012), Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow (2011 -2012), Arnolfini, Bristol (2011), Centre Pompidou, Paris (2011), Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León (2011) and the
29th Bienal de São Paulo (2010). Forthcoming solo exhibitions include a major survey exhibition co- produced by Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven, Baltic Center for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK and GAMeC, Bergamo and which will be held in these prestigious institutions in 2012-2013.

Image above: Temporary Projection, 2012, inkjet print on archival paper with collage element, 100 x 150 x 40 cm

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A Long Day for the Form
, 2012
plasterboard, wood, spotlight, sound

dimensions variable

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A Long Day for the Form
, 2012
plasterboard, wood, spotlight, sound

dimensions variable

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Temporary Projection
, 2012
16mm projector, plinth, mortar, drawing pins

plinth: 140 x 40 x 40 cm

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Temporary Projection
, 2012
16mm projector, plinth, mortar, drawing pins

plinth: 140 x 40 x 40 cm

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Images With Their Own Shadows
, 2009
plaster wall, neon, cut-outs / cartongesso, neon, cut-outs

Dimensions variable

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Temporary Projection, 2012
inkjet print on archival paper with collage element
100 x 150 x 40 cm