NU BALANCE - Roman Liška - Rod Barton Gallery
Rod Barton Gallery is pleased to present NU BALANCE, the first solo exhibition of German-born, London based gallery artist Roman Liška.
Private View: Thursday, 13 September, 6:30 - 9:30 PM.
Exhibition Continues: September 13 - October 20, 2012
Structured as a sequence of three distinct installations, NU BALANCE will be updated every two weeks in accordance with the following schedule:
NU BALANCE: 'This is the End' (September 13 - 22, 2012)
Discussion with Christopher Kulendran Thomas: Wednesday, 19 September, 7 - 9 pm
NU BALANCE: 'These Are Not Coffee-Table Books; These Are Coffee Tables' (September 27 - October 6, 2012 )
Discussion with Ali Eisa: Wednesday, 26 September, 7 - 9 pm
NU BALANCE: 'The Nowness of Now' (October 11 - October 20, 2012)
Discussion with Nina Wakeford: Wednesday, 3 October, 7 - 9 pm
A final panel discussion with the artist and all contributing writers will take place Saturday, 13 October, 4 - 6 pm.
Owing to limited capacity, places are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
Roman Liška's most recent body of work incorporates excerpts from the Financial Times Weekend Magazine's 'Life and Arts' section, from which it draws headlines including 'Wealth Creations', 'Chalet Girls' and 'Risque Business', as well as passages from 'How To Spend It' (HTSI), the publication's insert that promotes luxury products aimed at the super affluent. In Liška's practice, advertisements for auctions of blue chip post-war art and the latest fashions from the world's runways conjoin under semi-translucent, perforated mesh, are treated with spray paint rendered in a tie-dye aesthetic, and gain punctuation through eyelets that unmask layers of black cling film and newsprint bearing traces of the FT's distinctive ros&amp;eacute; hue. The formal determinations of these interventions extend the artist's investigations into the language of painting – problematising dominant models of the practice's limits while iterating shape, texture, and haptic engagement as contributors to painting's ongoing redefinition.
The ephemera of wealth creation, such as the FT and its sub-publication, act as barometers of the obscene logic of late-capitalist models of consumption in which seduction is a principle currency owing to its trade in the unceasing renewal of synthetic desires. It is in this arena that Liška's work activates an irresoluble tension: existing as an object whose aesthetic qualities contribute to its legibility as a commodity that operates dually in signaling the spirit of the contemporary while elaborating an implied critique of the very systems that sustain its production and distribution. The post-critical approach evident in his works&amp;acute; refusal to point out the already obvious speaks to the difficulty of generating a critical position that amounts to more than a default conceit.
Instead, a strategic incitement of over-identification with the display of the artist's selected materials cues viewers to make sense of the work's ambiguities – prompting speculative readings in place of attempts to drive a specific point home. The hierarchy of means and ends is manipulated to generate unforeseen results, both in terms of material functions and their respective references and ideologies.
Roman Liška is the artist of the apocalypse, the artist of our times and these are indeed strange times. His work could be seen as an archeology of the Contemporary, a sacrificial over-identification with an idea of what art is for, that we really should get over, a mercurially Janus-faced satire on our desires constructed through art's contemporary dead end. Is it a calculated endgame? Sure. But what is being gamed out is the end of the neoliberal project and with it the collapse of its ultimate cultural expression – Contemporary Art. And, if we're on the verge of a paradigm shift in art that could be as fundamental as the crumbling of the modernist project in the1960s, then it will be up to us to figure out what a new art could be for beyond the 'Contemporary'.*
* excerpted from the essay 'This is the End'; by Christopher Kulendran Thomas, published on the occasion of the exhibition NU BALANCE by Roman Liška at Rod Barton Gallery, London, UK, 2012.
Complementing the shifting selection of works on view, newly commissioned texts by Ali Eisa, Christopher Kulendran Thomas and Nina Wakeford reflect ongoing discussions with Liška that will be published alongside the exhibition as a folded poster designed by Thomas Bush incorporating a printed version of a digital collage by the exhibiting artist. An unfolded version of the poster with the addition of a screen printed color gradient is available via the gallery as a special edition of 100 copies signed and numbered in addition to the complimentary copies on display.
Roman Liška's recent exhibitions include:
UpStream, curated by Grela Orihuela, NADA Hudson, NY, US (screening)
Blitz, Rod Barton Gallery, London (group)
NADA Cologne, Rod Barton Gallery, Cologne (fair)
Painting, is a painting, is a painting, Cul De Sac Gallery, curated by Rod Barton Gallery (group)
Upcoming exhbitions include:
'NSFW', Duve, Berlin, Germany (group)
Chris Succo, Dan Shaw-Town, Ed Fornieles, Roman Liška, Nazafarin Lotfi and Wyatt Kahn
Dia:Macon, curated by Todd Von Ammon and Nicole Will, NYC, US (group)
Roman Liška, Dave McDermott, Dave Miko, Rob Nadeau, Josh Tonsfeldt
Brand New Gallery, Milan, Italy (solo)
Duve, Berlin, Germany (solo)
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