Miroslaw Balka - "Nonetheless"


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Galerie Nordenhake, Berlin, April 30th - June 25th, 2011
Nordenhale.com: "Galerie Nordenhake is pleased to present an exhibition of recent works by Polish artist Mirosław Bałka entitled ‘Nonetheless’. Comprising a variety of media such as installation, sculpture, drawings and video, Bałka's work navigates a fine line between philosophical commentary and personal disclosure, equivocating between the two realms and obscuring the distinctions that separate them.
The exact meaning of the exhibition’s title lies in the very nature of the word ‘nonetheless’. The etymology of the word is simply a string of the words "none the less" that was contracted into one term just around 1930. This adverb implies that, given a certain condition even the least amount of action will still have a result or impact; a sharp definition of a rigorous economy of means.
In the main space, Bałka presents, amongst other work, 268 x 142 x 54, 84 x 40 x 22 (2008). The sculpture is composed of two elements. A tall wooden structure serves as the base for an empty glass out of the artist’s physical reach. Bałka uses this elegiac sign of loss to define a minimal, but no less undeniable, distance. The glass opens for an endless chain of interpretations: a trigger whose meaning is activated by the viewer’s own experience. At its base, the wooden structure is accompanied by a wooden step. This small threshold again creates a tangible distance between the observer and the main object."
Read on: http://www.nordenhake.com/php/artistsExhibitions.php?id=143

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