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Nadim Vardag

Untitled, 2010

exhibition period:

June 3 - September 26 2010

exhibition space:

OK Offenes Kulturhaus

born in 1980 in Regensburg / Germany, lives in Vienna
www.nadimvardag.com
 


Nadim Vardag, »Ohne Titel [Untitled]«, 2010

Ausstellungsansicht / Exhibition view: OK Offenes Kulturhaus

Foto / Photo: Otto Saxinger

 

Nadim Vardag, »Screen«, 2006

Leuchtstoffröhren, Holz, Tafellack / Neon tubes, wood, shellac · 213 x 213 x 250 cm

Ausstellungsansicht / Exhibition view: Georg Kargl Box

Courtesy Georg Kargl Fine Arts

Foto / Photo: Lisa Rastl

 

Nadim Vardag, »Zoetrop«, 2009

DVD, 2’’, Loop

Courtesy Georg Kargl Fine Arts

 
Representation, the cinema and visuality have emerged as key concerns in Nadim Vardag’s artistic work over the past few years. While from 2003 to 2006 he paid particular attention to analysing images as conveyed by the media and to the cinema as an apparatus, in his recent work he has turned to more general issues concerning the gallery situation, the nature of the display and the structure of desire.

At TRIENNALE LINZ Vardag is showing a new sculpture consisting of a structure made from stainless steel tubes and approximately 110 neon tubes arranged parallel to each other. The length-to-width ratio of the screen is a reference to the Cinemascope projection technique, which, using a special type of lens, allows the projection of a wider picture from a narrower film frame. Its brilliant light enables the work not only to illuminate the actual gallery space. Through a nearby window it transforms part of the museum’s staircase and a hall into a contiguous realm of light. Another work focuses on the relationship between the display and spatial situations: a video monitor mounted on a camera stand displays a short loop consisting of altogether ten still photographs of a bird in flight. »Zoetrop« is reminiscent of the forerunners of the cinema at a time when simple devices, which were fairground favourites, caused pictures to move – and audiences sometimes to panic – and confronted the still picture with moving ones.

(Sandro Droschl)

 

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