David Maljković, Vignettes, 2016-2017. Courtesy of the artist and Metro Pictures, New York.
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This winter, the Renaissance Society will present Also on View, a solo exhibition by Croatian artist David Maljković. Embracing a wide range of media—including photography, painting, video, sculpture and various hybrids— the artist has developed distinctive methods of incorporating, and refiguring, his own earlier works in new installations. Maljković brings this approach to his exhibition at the Renaissance Society, gathering elements that originate from different projects for a presentation tailored to the architectural space.
Throughout an ever-shifting body of work, Maljković returns to “the question of form,” asking how considerations of form itself might illuminate the ebb and flow of ideologies, for example, or the overlaying of past, present and future. In the wake of major exhibitions of his work in Europe in recent years, here Maljković turns away from the impulses of a survey show—namely, to gather an artists’ output, map the territory, and convey that understanding. Also on View is more a collection of notes or gestures, a fluid effort by the artist to consider the underlying structure of his practice, unburdened by the need for a “proper presentation” of each work. Small projected animations loop and flicker on the side walls. Three videos merge into a new mixed image. Floor sculptures foreground the marks and residues of physical production processes. On either side of a long wall, two-dimensional works merge aspects of photography, printmaking, and painting, the ensemble becoming a kind of expanded collage.
Maljković suggests seeing the works, for the moment, as “facts” rather than as “artifacts:” a set of things that exist on their own terms, decoupled from their initial intents or the values ascribed to them later. Redeployed here, the works meet each other again in new proximities. Together they may hint at the artist’s underlying methodologies, his processes, and recurring motifs, from Peugot’s experimental concept cars to mid-century cartoons from Yugoslavian magazines; just as likely, they speak to the way artworks awaken in new contexts and in evolving configurations, questioning which aspects of the work are primary and which are secondary.
David Maljković: Also on View is organized by Karsten Lund, Associate Curator.
David Maljković was born in 1973 in Rijeka, Croatia, and lives and works in Zagreb. He has presented solo exhibitions at Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven; Bergen Kunsthall, Norway; BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, UK, just to name a few. His work has been included in prominent group exhibitions around the world such as the 11th Gwangju Biennale; 56th Biennale di Venezia; and La Triennale 2012, Paris.
Also on View opens at the Renaissance Society February 8 and runs through April 7. All of the Renaissance Society’s exhibitions and events are free and open to the public. Visit renaissancesociety.org for more information.