March 8, 2007 - BAK - Roman Ondák: The Day After Yesterday
March 8, 2007

Roman Ondák: The Day After Yesterday

Lucky Day, 2006, film still, Courtesy Gallery Martin Janda, Vienna and gb agency, Paris

Roman Ondák 
The Day After Yesterday

11 March-27 May 2007

opening: 10 March 2007 at 20.00 hrs
Thursday 19 April 2007 at 20.00 hrs
Lecture by Jessica Morgan on the work of Roman Ondák.

For more information, please visit our website: www.bak-utrecht.nl

BAK, basis voor actuele kunst presents the solo exhibition The Day After Yesterday by Slovak-born artist Roman Ondák. In this exhibition Ondák shows three new works, which register performative moments he instigated in order to negotiate another kind of a future through “non-eventssubtle detours from the everyday.
The Day After Yesterday, 2005, is a diptych that consists of newspaper cut-out and a photograph. The photograph shows a re-enactment of a scene coincidentally photographed for the newspaper, in which Ondáks family walks through a dilapidated neighborhood under rapid renovation. In order to seek ways in which reality could be perfected, Ondák invites his family to re-stage this situation, although this time they are walking in the opposite direction, toward the viewer. The video The Stray Man, 2006, documents a man walking past a building. The ordinariness of the situation notwithstanding, the man cannot resist the attraction of the buildings street level windows. Despite his attempts to continue along the street, the potential promise of other possibilities prompts him to return daily to engage in this ritual of searching for the unknown time and time again. Lucky Day, 2006, is a 16 mm film installation in which Ondák explores the contemporary possibilities of pilgrimage in a secular context. The film follows a man who tosses a large amount of coins into a fountain, in a somewhat grandiose gesture of applying for luck. As such, the work puts individual agency to the test against institutionalized systems of belief. In all three works, the adventure of discovery, and of gaining knowledge into how things are, function as a starting point for engaging the viewer in a dialogue about what might happen if one takes another route, both literally and metaphorically. It is from here, Ondák suggests, that a new space of imagination can emerge.

BAK is proud to have had the opportunity to produce the film installation Lucky Day.

A new catalog on the work of Roman Ondák, including essays by Jessica Morgan, curator, Tate Modern, London, Jan Verwoert, curator and critic, Berlin, and Maria Hlavajova, artistic director, BAK, is published by BAK in collaboration with Galerie im Taxispalais, Innsbruck in late spring of this year.
Roman Ondák (born 1966 in Zilina, lives and works in Bratislava) recently presented his work in Galerie im Taxispalais, Innsbruck (2007), Tate Modern, London (2006), São Paulo Biennial, São Paulo (2006), Kunsthaus Graz, Graz (2006) and Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt and Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2005).
Lecture:
Thursday 19 April 2007 at 20.00 hrs
Jessica Morgan, curator of Tate Modern, London gives a lecture on the work of Roman Ondák.
Language: English. Reservations are recommended: t: 31 (0)30 2316125 or e: info@bak-utrecht.nl.

Opening hours:
WednesdaySaturday 12.0017.00 hrs
Sunday 13.0017.00 hrs

For the most recent information please contact:
BAK, basis voor actuele kunst
Lange Nieuwstraat 4, 3512 PH
Utrecht, The Netherlands
info@bak-utrecht.nl
www.bak-utrecht.nl
t: 31 (0)30 2316125
f: 31 (0)30 2300591

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