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Lazar Luytakov

Pepper Roasters, 2006

exhibition period:

June 3 - September 26 2010

exhibition space:

LENTOS Kunstmuseum Linz

born in 1977 in Shabla / Bulgaria, lives in Vienna
 


Lazar Lyutakov, »Paprikaröster« [Pepper Roasters], 2006

Installation (Zwei Elektrogeräte zum Rösten einzelner Paprikas, zwei Sorten Paprika, Einweggeschirr) / (Two electrical appliances for grilling peppers, two kinds of peppers, disposable tableware), Gesamtmaße variabel / Variable overall measurements

Courtesy Galerie Winiarzyk, Wien

 
Lazar Lyutakov’s works are not always recognisable at first glance as works of art. His objects are in the end exactly what they represent: an Asian ceramic service in a beautiful display case, lamps made from various plastic utensils, or one of the artist’s everyday outfits in a tailor-made copy from Vietnam. The artistic focus in these works is on the question of original and copy, of material value and personal association. Lyutakov concentrates on objects that have no special significance in real life for anyone apart from their owners.

The things are interchangeable or considered unusable by society. Lyutakov creates »cultural ready-mades« (Michael Hall) that, in contrast to Duchamp’s objects, remain what they are – in the full glory of their functionality. At the TRIENNALE LINZ Lyutakov is exhibiting pepper roasters. These appliances, which are found nowhere in the world but Bulgaria, roast bell peppers at 1500 W. While this kitchen aid was declared the invention of the century by a Bulgarian newspaper, it is completely unknown outside the country. The absurdity of this »cobbled-together futuristic low tech« appeals to Lyutakov, along with the feeling of alienation it inspires in an exhibition situation for those who have no relationship to it.

(Nina Kirsch)

 

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