Running Backwards #2

Janis Nedela

Art Exhibition previously on at Uber Gallery in St Kilda precinct, Victoria, Australia. Published by anonymous on Thursday 15 November 2007. Thursday 01 November 2007 to Saturday 01 December 2007. Opening Thursday 01 November 2007 Opening: Thursday 1 November, 6:30pm.

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In his first solo exhibition in Melbourne, at Über Gallery, from 1 November – 1 December, 2007, Jānis Nedēla presents five bodies of work which reference books and text in the form of typograhpy, palindromes, coding and documents but to name a few.

It is the book as an object and the manipulation of text that has constantly informed Nedēla’s work over the past twenty years and continues to do so. Social, literary, philosophical and political documents, tomes and book pages, some old and some aesthetically exquisite in themselves, have succumbed to a range of manipulations and interventions by Nedēla, in a calculated attempt to conspire a kind of linguisitic and artistic subterfuge. Through the reassignment of the book as an art object and text as a pictorial element, Nedela acknowledges the words and works of artists such as John Cage, Joseph Beuys and Tom Phillips who “managed to make great art without ever taking it too seriously”.

In Running Backwards #2, words have been reconstituted and in some cases permanently concealed. Facing pages have been extracted from their bindings to accommodate three dimensional implements such as nails, moulded linoleum, and collaged paper. These are pages that will never again be closed between the covers of a book.

Location

Über Gallery
52 Fitzroy St
St Kilda, 3182

Tues-Fri 10-6, Sat-Sun 12-6