Martin Vongrej

Pre-nature

8 Sep 2016 - 21 Oct 2016

Nothing exists until or unless it is observed, declared once William
Burroughs.

Martin Vongrej (born 1986 in Bratislava, Slovakia) develops here the role of
an observer who is aware of his own predispositions, determining existence of
the visible world. The installation is based on a study called
psycho-geometry, understood here as cognitive entering into the free state of
pre-defined constructions, ideas and definitions of perception.

The exhibition is accompanied by a poem titled “Alphabet of Senses”
composed together with the curator Daniel Grúň.

Martin Vongrej is one of the key representatives of young generation artists,
following the legacy of neo-avant-garde and existentially based conceptual
art. His works are created as intuitive and at the same time systematic
installations devoted to the issues of human consciousness and spiritual
perception. They are composed from found as well as fabricated objects,
paintings, photographs and drawings, often using simple methods of
multiplication. Assembled all together, they are particularly sentient
towards the exhibition space. Martin Vongrej often combines images and texts,
newly defining elements of experience with space and time. He investigates
borders between visible and invisible world. Mirroring, rotation, repetition,
and grammar of unspeakable are frequent motifs of his works. Martin Vongrej
creates situations based on the records of everyday life, in which he works
with an extended consciousness of the self and also with immediate contact
with the closest surroundings.
He took part in the Manifesta 8, The European Biennial of Contemporary Art in
2010 in Murcia/Spain with the work “Self-observing conciousness”.
Besides that in recent time, his work has been introduced by several
individual exhibitions in Slovakia and Czech Republic.

Daniel Grúň

Supported by Slovak Art Council

Exhibiting:

installation view

installation view

installation view

installation view

installation view

installation view

installation view

installation view

installation view

installation view

installation view

installation view

installation view

installation view

installation view

installation view

installation view