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Denis Gardarin Gallery’s exhibition Rudolf Polanszky: on Evolutive Concepts of Transformation follows the artist’s first European retrospective, Rudolf Polanszky: Translinear Sculptures at Zeit Kunst Niederosterreich in Krems, Austria, earlier this year. The exhibition was accompanied by a full-length catalogue published by Kerber Verlag and edited by curator Alexandra Schantl, including an essay by Francesco Stocchi. Polanszky’s work has also been exhibited at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the NewBridge Project in Newcastle, the 21er Haus Österreichische Galerie Belvedere in Vienna, the Nouveau Musée National de Monaco, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh.

This will be Denis Gardarin Gallery’s second presentation of works by Polanszky following a solo exhibition at VOLTA NY earlier this year during which Artnet named him one of the “10 Contemporary Artists to Watch.”

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Born in Vienna in 1951, Polanszky was a key figure in the Post-Actionist movement of the 1970s and remains the most important living artist of this era. Known for his process-dependent multimedia works that explore questions of free will in art and human behavior, Polanszky worked with and greatly influenced artists such as Franz West and Dieter Roth.

Spanning over three decades from 1983 to 2014, Denis Gardarin Gallery’s exhibition Rudolf Polanszky: on Evolutive Concepts of Transformation traces the predominance of process over form in Polanszky’s oeuvre from his early performance-based work Coma (White) to the more recent “Reconstructions” paintings.

Polanszky’s work deals explicitly with the tensions between planning and randomness in the artistic process. His paintings investigate the processes by which behavior is unconsciously guided, or in his words, “externally directed.” This post-modern practice is fundamental to the artist’s more recent “Reconstructions” series, in which Polanszky explores the three-dimensional topology of canvases created by the confrontation between various materials. In addition to paint, Polanszky uses textiles, plexiglass, wood, plastics, asphalt, foil, and other materials that have been freed from their functions. In a process the artist refers to as “ad-hoc synthesis,” Polanszky transforms these found and used materials into spontaneous structures, assemblages, and collages.

Denis Gardarin Gallery
224 Mulberry Street, New York
NY 10012
Wednesdays through Sundays| 11AM – 7PM