Within Reach of Hand or Eye
Ondák – who was born in 1966 in Bratislava, where he still lives – is showing two older pieces, as well as a new work conceived especially for this location. His often subtle interventions into everyday life situations may assume the most diverse forms, from brief to more extended appearances of individuals or objects, as well as drawings or notations, and all the way to the participation of the public.
Even when he investigates themes or phenomena associated with art and the museum, his production as a whole expresses a consistent interest in “the everyday behavior of real people,” and in “the qualities behind the objects.” (R.O.) Despite the unassuming character of its manifestations, his conceptual art – with its humanistic orientation – always addresses the breadth and complexity of reality itself. The exhibition title “Within Reach of Hand or Eye” refers to three works, and poses questions about our perceptions of the world, about distance and proximity, about boundaries, and about the individual's capacity for acquiring knowledge or exerting influence.