Rudolf Polanszky: Hypotetic

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Rudolf Polanszky: Hypotetic

Basel

Rudolf Polanszky: Hypotetic
to Sat 28 Nov 2020
Tue-Sat 10am-6pm

Gagosian is pleased to present Hypotetic, an exhibition of new and recent paintings and sculptures by Rudolf Polanszky. This is his first exhibition in Switzerland, and his second with the gallery.

Artworks

Reconstructions / Choros, 2020

Aluminum, copper foil, mirrored foil, resin, silicone, cardboard, acrylic glass, pigment, and acrylic on wood, in artist’s frame
61 1/2 x 68 1/4 in 156.1 x 173.2 cm
© Rudolf Polanszky. Photo: Jorit Aust. Courtesy Gagosian

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Reconstructions / Translinear Fragments, 2020

Aluminum, resin, silicone, cardboard, mirrored foil, acrylic glass, pigment, and acrylic on canvas, in artist’s frame
51 5/8 x 61 1/4 in 131.1 x 155.6 cm
© Rudolf Polanszky. Photo: Jorit Aust. Courtesy Gagosian

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Archeology / Archaic Fragments, 2020

Copper, acrylic glass, and silicone on metal stand
23 5/8 x 26 5/8 x 7 1/8 in 60 x 67.5 x 17.9 cm
© Rudolf Polanszky. Photo: Jorit Aust. Courtesy Gagosian

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Reconstructions / Archeology / Archaic Fragments, 2020

Glass, acrylic glass, resin, silicone, and acrylic on metal stand
61 3/8 x 63 x 23 5/8 in 156 x 160 x 59.9 cm
© Rudolf Polanszky. Photo: Jorit Aust. Courtesy Gagosian

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A key player in the Vienna art scene, Polanszky creates cerebral yet tactile works that embrace chance occurrence. In the early 1990s, Polanszky began examining the formal potential of sculpture and mixed-media painting with the series Reconstructions (1991–). To make these richly textured works, he uses salvaged industrial materials such as acrylic glass, aluminum, mirrored foil, resin, silicone, and wire, recombining them into purely aesthetic forms divorced from their original uses and contexts. Inspired by his father’s profession as a jazz musician, Polanszky’s process of “ad hoc synthesis” produces compositions that oscillate between concrete objects and symbols of subjective perception.

In this exhibition, Polanszky continues to evolve the Reconstructions by introducing copper foil into his material repertoire. Interspersed between fields of white corrugated cardboard and silvery aluminum, these gently creased, gleaming metal sheets add an entirely new tonal and textural dimension to the surface of each painting. Also on view are sculptures where Polanszky translates the rough-hewn edges of these repurposed materials into three dimensions. In two large freestanding sculptures, he shapes segments of flexible ribbed aluminum tubing into gently curving forms, while in a suite of smaller tabletop works, he deftly manipulates angular strips of metal and acrylic glass into dynamic abstractions.

Polanszky’s handling of material is intuitive and improvisational; he often leaves the raw components outdoors, letting the natural elements help determine the work’s final form. Yet the works in Hypotetic also reveal his acute consideration of the properties, idiosyncrasies, and possibilities of these materials. In Polanszky’s hands, industrial fragments are synthesized into shimmering tableaux that transcend their mundane origins.

Rudolf Polanszky: Hypotetic, installation view, 2020 © Rudolf Polanszky. Photo: Andreas Zimmermann. Courtesy the artist and Gagosian

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