Brand New Gallery is proud to present Gemini, Roman Liška’s first exhibition in Italy. Conceived as a series of strategic twinnings, the show investigates the conflicting notions of singularity and uniqueness.
Gemini implies a multiplicity of references that range from the most literal meaning of the term, to the association of metaphorical readings tied to the astrological interpretations relating to the intrinsic contradictions of this sign of the zodiac. According to Greek mythology, the Dioscuri achieved their immortality in differing ways; Castor as a demigod, Pollux as an undead, giving form to the constellation of the Gemini. The duality expressed in this myth is the fil rouge of the artist’s analysis, constituted by the repetition of pairs of works treated individually as an arrangement of unconventional diptychs, alike in chromaticity and surface.
Analyzing capitalist society and the art market, Roman Liška concentrates on the reciprocity of these themes. The title of the show gives direction to a precise objective that invites the spectator to read the cast bronze and aluminum sculptures from the classical context of figuration, in a vast trajectory that moves from antiquity to the limits of the contemporary, touching on various aspects: from aesthetics to craftsmanship, as well as politics.
Liška´s sculptures speak of iconoclasm, evoking the deteriorated statues of various rulers which have been demolished together with their respective regimes, and thus symbolizing the temporariness of dogmata in art as well as societies in general. Freely inspired by David Batchelor’s Chromophobia, the non-conventional placement of monochrome panels and their alter ego’s on the walls qualifies the exhibition space as a mere repository of objects, dropped into this conventional place in a transitory phase of existence. Through the geometric juxtaposition of black and white blocks, dominated by the textures that break through the immaculate surfaces, the artist drives his public into the minefield of the possible and the potential. The installation process is minutely studied and the pattern, borrowed from the artist’s motif, which conceals the gallery’s original flooring, together with a monitor playing a hyper-real macro vision of the show itself, act as disturbed perceptive channels, that restitute a distorted vision of reality, shifting the public’s assumptions, subject to a passive and captivating perception of the surrounding environment.
Roman Liška was born in 1980 in Hamburg. After having obtained his bachelor in Art Practice at Goldsmiths University of London, he will graduate with an MA in Painting from the Royal College of Art, London. Liška has taken part in several exhibitions and art-related events in Europe and in the United States. He lives and works in London.