Almine Rech Shanghai is pleased to present Rudolf Polanszky’s second solo exhibition at the gallery, on view from December 10, 2021 to January 27, 2022.
"What is free in a work of art, is only the moment in which it is not yet comprehended."
Apeiron, the title of Rudolf Polanszky’s exhibition, mirrors his "ad hoc synthesis approach" of building and dissolving purely abstract forms. With a selection of recent works, drawn from his Reconstructions series, Polansky further implodes the Modernist palimpsest via his hybrid paintings and sculpture. Along with his films, music and documented performances, Polansky’s body of work finds inspiration from mathematical metaphysics, rather than the canon of art history.
Apeiron, according to the Greek philosopher Anaximander, is the source of everything, a boundless force which having emerged from nothing, is inevitably drawn to reconciliation in the guise of the infinite void of its origin. Experiencing Polanszky’s work brings an awareness of perceptual balancing, provoked by its relative elusive visualization or adherence towards any "adapted meaning".
By consciously bypassing Modernist influences, these methodologies affect his choice of scrap materials, picked from the flotsam and jetsam of Polanszky’s studio environment in Vienna. Artificial compounds including acrylic mirrors, silicone, industrial glue, epoxy, resins, copper foil and gossamer mesh, are also subjected to chance patina by exposure to the elements, encounters with animals or organic matter.
Enhanced by chiaroscuro reflections from the silver, copper & dark mirrors, the parts are distinguishable by their decoded status and hesitant assignment. The strata of the Reconstructions, their material disarray subject to alchemic states, refract light in other ways than reflection. Liquid transformations of a transparent nature are recorded by spectral zones of solidified resins, glue and insular pigments, all semi-isolated, transforming unstable structures into a temporality that by their inherent self-referential formation alludes to a potential state of rest or stability. The parameters of the work’s Philosophical Reductivism could result in an inhibiting Minimalism, but encountering the Reconstructions is a paramount experience, via Polansky’s exposition of non-oriented diverseness of Phenomena.
- Steven Pollock, curator and writer