Magazine article Artforum International

Lukas Machalicky: GALERIE DIE AKTUALITAT DES SCHONEN

Magazine article Artforum International

Lukas Machalicky: GALERIE DIE AKTUALITAT DES SCHONEN

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To enter "Raut" (a title that translates roughly to "Reception" or "Banquet"), a recent exhibition by Czech artist Lukas Machalicky, was to become immersed in an ongoing social event. The artist had turned the gallery into a carefully constructed environment dominated by a series of tilted, seemingly levitating tables, which were covered with long, white, immaculately ironed tablecloths. These were paired with a group of off-balance installations, which were vaguely reminiscent of human figures, made of carpenter's levels, in each case with a long one supported by two shorter ones and standing atop a thick, rather old-fashioned-looking marble-patterned file folder filled with sheets of white paper (all works Untitled, 2013, from the ongoing series "Raut," 2013--). Although the contents of the papers remain unknown, the destabilizing function of the folders suggests a subversive agenda; were the folders removed, the figures would stand upright. The space appeared suspended, as if someone had pressed a pause button, thus freezing all guests in time, making the spectator the only one who could move freely around the space while examining the seemingly invisible features of the social setting. The movement of the spectator was supported by the movement of an abstract video piece shown on a monitor in one corner. This work set into motion the marble motif of the files, reminiscent of archival folders and therefore associated with public records, personal memories, and other historical "evidence." The same motif was repeated in the exhibition several times: on a flag attached to the wall, for instance, as well as on the reverse side of a seemingly levitating map. …

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