200910: Secession Lara Almarcegui

Secession Lara Almarcegui 10.09.10 to 07.11.10 The whole as the sum of its parts If the main room of the Vienna Secession would crumble, the building materials used in its construction result in 99 m³ of bricks, 43 m³ of concrete, 42 m³ of mortar, 30 m³ of Styrofoam, 24 m³ of terrazzo, 8.5 m³ of plaster, 7 m³ of wood, 2 m³ of glass and 0.5 m³ of steel. Lara Almarcegui now lays this to great effect before our eyes. She has piled up the said material masses whose aura-like effect makes one forget the mundane act of taking the factual inventory. Because the strategy of the artist, born in Spain in 1972 and living in Rotterdam, is above all, one of protocol, frequently based upon thorough research. In this context, urban wasteland has always been part of her research and is presented mostly in the form of publications, photographs and slide shows. For her Vienna solo debut, Almarcegui investigated the area of today’s North Station, which was abandoned after the end of the Second World War. The result of her findings is presented in the exhibition as a brochure, which includes information on the former strategic meaning, and texture of the future urban building development of the land as well as photographic images, which depict the venue as an indefinable all-purpose intermediate zone, contrary to its specific characteristics. Almarcegui holds concepts, which understand art as a form of an outline of reality, against the analytical breakdown of existing circumstances in order to channel the eye towards mostly unnoticed details. That she doesn’t always find the path to such convincingly formal answers, as in “Construction Waste Main Room Secession”, is proven by the video in the Graphics Room. It prosaically documents the demolishing and relaying of the parquet floor, which, however, no longer shows any trace of this intervention. However, to involve the observer mentally as well as physically in spatial transformation processes, to sharpen his concentration on what for him would normally be hidden details, needs visible gestures as opposed to those of silent reference. In the past, artists at the Secession have proved this impressively. Manisha Jothady Secession, 1010 Vienna, Friedrichstrasse 12 Tel: 01/587 53 07?Fax: 01/587 53 07-34 E-mail: ?http://www.secession.at Opening hours: Tue-Sat 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sun 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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