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Dominik Lang

First Name
Dominik
Surname
Lang
Born
1980
Birth place
Prague
Place of work
Prague
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Keywords
installation art
object
performance
video
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About artist

Dominik Lang draws upon the act of monitoring his immediate surroundings, which he completes (enhances) and modifies using installations and events. His concrete sources of inspiration are always tied to a combination of interest in production manner and the logic of the creation process. He notices how things are done, be it purchases in a plastic bag or a statue by Stanislav Kobal. Lang’s interest in the practical aspects of gallery operations is unique on the Czech scene. His subtle interventions create problems for the gallery space as such (Chatová osada – Cottage Settlement, VAU! – WOW!, 108,658245 m3) or they crush the viewer’s expectations of the gallery as a neutral „display window“ for art (Altán Klamovka – the Klamovka Gazebo, Česká republika – Czech Republic). In his project Udělali jsme téměř všechno pro změnu – "We did almost all we could for change" he addresses the exhibition process as the symbiosis of institutional roles (curator, exhibit architect, theorist, etc.). Lang’s favourite space is also his home Academy, which he disguises with simple interventions (i.e. made up expansion of the faculty by installing new cubby holes for faculty mail, installation of firebreaks in the entry hall, or drying laundry in the restroom window).

Author of the annotation
Zuzana Štefková

Published
2006

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Studies:
2002-2008 Academy of Fine Arts in Prague
(ateliers of Jindřich Zeithamml, Veronika Bromová , Jiří Příhoda)
2004-2005 Academy of Applied Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague
(Jiří David)

Employment:
From 2012 Co-head (with Edita Jeřabková) of the atelier of sculpture at the Academy of Applied Arts in Prague
2008-2011 Assistant in the visiting professor’s atelier at the Academy of Fine Arts, Prague
2006 Assistant in the studio of Ai Weiwei, Peking, China

Awards, residencies, stipends:
2013 Jindřich Chalupecký Award
2010 Artist residency, Duende Gueststudios, Rotterdam, NL
2008 Artist residency, Zamek Ujazdowski, Warsaw, PL
2007 Leif Rumke Preis, DE
2007 Artist residency, IMPEX, Budapest, Hungary
2006-2007 The Cooper Union, New York
2005 International Summer Academy of Fine Arts, Salzburg

Exhibitions

Solo exhibitions
2013
Expanded Anxiety, curated by Annette Suedbeck, Secession, Vienna, AU
Missing Parts, curated by Lydia Pribisova, The Gallery Apart, Rome, IT

2012
Humble Objects, curated by Petra Reichensperger, Kunsthaus Dresden - Galerie fuer Gegenwartskunst
/ Municipal Gallery for Contemporary Art, Dresden, DE
Images from the Exhibition, Galerie Cesar, Olomouc,
Working Model, Art Statements – Art Basel, with h u n t k a s t n e r, Basel, CH
The Lovers, Galerie Krobath, curated by Karel Císář, Vienna, AU
Documentation, h u n t k a s t n e r , Prague
Cause Investigation, Veletržní Palace, National Gallery, Prague

2011
Private Collection, Galerie Krobath, Berlin, DE
Local Museum, Galerie Kabinet T, Zlin
Sleeping City, curated by Yvona Ferencová, Czechoslovak Pavilion, 54th la Biennale di Venezia, Venice,
IT

2010
Wall, Gallery 99, DUMB: Brno House of Arts, Brno

2009
Storage, Karlín Studios, Prague
Architect (a selection of works), Gallery 99, DUMB: Dům umění v Brně, Brno
Visitor, Galerie Na bidlýku, Brno
Place for a Viewer, Yvona Ferencová , the Atrium at the Moravian Gallery, Brno
Three-Dimensional Geometry, GNF, Ústí nad Labem

2008
Between, Zamek Ujazdowski, Warszawa, PLhunt kastner, Prague www.huntkastner.com

2007
Things for Viewing and Walking Around, IMPEX, Budapest, HU

2006
Space Imagination, etc. galerie, Prague
Give Me the Brick, WNOD gallery, Prague

2005
Czech Republic, Gallery Jelení, Foundation and Center for Contemporary Art Prague
We Did Almost Everything (with Jiří Thýn), Entrance Gallery, Prague
Shopping Bag, Preproduction space - gallery, Berlin, DE
If this Procedure Should Fail, We Will Try Another (with Eva Koťátková), Galerie im Alcatraz, Hallein, AT
VAU !, Gallery Jeleni, Foundation and Center for Contemporary Art Prague
Cottage Settlement, Gallery of Young Artists, Brno

2004
Dyzajn blok, Goethe-Institut, Prague
Group exhibitions not included in ARTLIST.
2013
I Salute the Potter’s Clay, with Tom Godfrey, Karol Radziszewski, Marie Lund, Yonatan Vinitsky,
curated by Eve Smith and Gemma Lloyd, Czarna Gallery, Warsaw, (forthcoming April 2013)

2012
The Beginning of the Century, curated by Pavlina Morganová, Pilsen Regional Museum, Pilsen
Intense Proximity, La Trienniale, curated by Okwui Enwezor, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, FR
Between the First and Second Modernity, 1985-2012, curated by Edith Jeřabková, and Jiří & Jana
Sevčik, National Gallery in Prague at the Veletržní Palace, Prague

2011
Auxiliary Constructions - Behilfskonstruktionen, curated by Petra Reichensperger, KunsthausDresden -
Staedtische Galerie fuer Gegenwartskunst / Municipal Gallery for Contemporary Art, Dresden, DE
Finalists of the 2011 Jindřich Chalupecký Award, Dox, Prague
Les amis des mes amis sont mes amis, hommage a Ján Mančuška, Galerie Jocelyn Wolff, Paris, FR
Sculpture in the Street, curated by Karel Císář, DUMB: Dům umění v Brně, Brno
Zentrum (with M.Geiger & M. Mazanec), Czech Center Vienna & Austrian Cultural Forum, Prague
The Art of Urban Intervention, Emil Filla Gallery, Ustí nad Labem

2010
Don't Forget the Flowers, curated by Yvona Ferencová, Moravian Gallery, Brno
One Day You Will Lose It All, 4+4+4 Days in Motion Festival, Prague
5
th Biennale of Young Artists, curated by Tomáš Pospisžyl, House of the Stone Bell, Prague City Gallery
City, Prague
Dziewiec tytulow, BWA Zielona Gora, PL
Boundary, Gallery NoD, Prague

2009
After Velvet, long-term exhibition, Prague City Gallery, House of the Golden Ring, Prague
White Paper, Black Bride, curated by Jiří Kovanda & Edita Jeřabková, Prague Biennale 4, Karlín Hall,
Prague
Zlin salon of Young Artists, Zlin
Easy Actions Without a Clear End / Azioni molto semplici senza uno scopo preciso, Artra, Milano, IT
Lived In Spaces, Krajska galerie Zlín
Memories of the Future, curated by Karel Císář, Galerie Vacláv Špála, Prague
Brno Art Open 2009, DUMB: Dům umění v Brně, Brno

2008
Bewohnte Orte, Illusionen über die Stadt und das Land , Kunstverein Springhornhof, Neuenkirchen,
Neuenkirchen, DE
Love at First Site, curated by Emanuela Nobile Mino, Gallery Futura, Prague
MANUAL CC, Instructions for beginners and advanced players, CSW Centrum Sztuki Wspolczesnej /
Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warszawa, PL
Contemporary Czech Cubism, curated by Václav Magid, Old Town Hall, Prague City Gallery, Prague
Move On, Galley Futura, Praguehunt kastner, Prague www.huntkastner.com
Výstava Humhala, Galerie Jelení - Center for Contemporary Art, Prague
Archive, (with Jiří Hůla), inaugural exhibition of DOX - Centre for Contemporary Art, Prague

2007
GNP2, curated by William Hollister, Mars Gallery, Moscow, RU
Hygiena, galerie Puda, Jihlava
The Collectors: Live Re-Edit, curated by Jiří Ptáček, Dům panů z Kuštát, Brno
Leif Rumke Award, ZKMax, Munich, DE
Glocal Outsiders, curated by Jiří David & Vasil Artamonov, Praguebiennale 3, Karlin Hall, Prague
GNP, curated by Kryštof Kintera, Municipal Library, Prague City Gallery, Prague
Invisible Things, Trafo Gallery, Budapest, HU
Essl Award Finalists, Gallery at the Academy of Fine Arts, Prague

2006
Sell Me Buy Me, galerie U dobrého pasťye, Brno
Finalists of the 2006 Jindřich Chalupecký Award, DUMB: Dům umění v Brně, Brno
I Invited a Few Friends to Come and Watch, curated by Galerie Display, Galerija Nova / Galerija M.
Kraljevice, Zagreb, HR
Indikace, 4+4+4 Days in Motion Festival, Prague
Martian Fields, Galerie Mars, Moscow, RU
Eternal States, Karlín Studios, Prague
Gruppen Ausstellung: Gorkiewicz, CHEEK, Lang, Meduna, Petiletá, Wolff, curated by Jiří Ševčik,
Austrian Cultural Forum, Prague
Office Art, curated by Zuzana Štefková, galerie c2c, Prague
Gallery Continua, 798, Peking, China
Tannoy, Terrace, London, UK
The Enormous Space, Galerie C2C, Prague

2005
1811197604122005, curated by Galerie Display, Plan B, Cluj, RO
Essl Award Finalists, Academy of Fine Arts Gallery, Prague
Fear in the City, Galerie kritiků, Prague
Contact 2005, Galerie Klatovy, Klenová
Other realisations

Curatorial activities:

2007-11 curator of the exhibition program at Galerie Jelení, Prague, CZ

Monography

Articles

Jiří Ptáček, Umělec 1/2006

Markéta Kubačáková, Galerie, A2 kulturní týdeník, 19/ 2008, s. 26-27

Monika Ticháčková, Zamilovat se do prostoru?, A2 kulturní týdeník, 31/ 2008

Jakub Stejskal, Mimetické inverzní vzpomínání, A2 4/09

Other critical texts

www.ahice.net/doc/TZ_Dominik_Lang.pdf

Personal texts not included in database

My work mainly deals with explorations of the public space, reactions

on concrete situations and perception of the contemporary sculpture in general. I do not make remarkable, individual projects which would show their originality, there is more of the consistant attitude and working method in it. I am focused on revealing the solutions. My objects and installations are usually formally very precise,made out of everyday materials,they move on the boarder between art and design and craft. My work can be summarized as a program: Important connecting link and repeating theme in my works is the idea of wasting time, space and effort in the process of making . Many of my installations and interventions are results of a time-consuming and hardworking process, the installation very often serves as a proof or result of the action. The final appearance of the objects is usually very minimal,

sometimes maybe even invisible. I am interested in how things are made and for which purpose they constitute a means, I am concerned in a play with different materials and their physical and optical quality, stability, divisions of space which unables fluent movement, subtle modificaftions of objects,

changes of scale, newly defined functions and characteristics of things,taking already made objects out of their natural contexts and using them for other purpose, so that they are loosing their previous function and meaning. The projects vary from removing selected sections, interrupting the stability of an apparently homogenous space, infirming the viewer and playing with his/her reaction (which i also take as one of the results of my work) The place of my actions is usually and logically my nearest neighbourhood-school, home, public space.The content of the work is strictly given by its context. One of the outputs of my work is a level of the personal experience. The installations rise from the idea of some concrete space or situation-interior of a gallery or eaction on a concrete stereotype. Some of them are very temporal, they serve to raise questions about our conventional system,the social cathegories such as private and public can be rethought. I focus on relationship between object and space, object and the viewer etc. Influenced by minimalism, design, architecture, ready made, the aesthetic of cheap material, I conduct

my ironic game with apparently stable concepts such as big and small, banal and sublime, true and false.

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