Rudolf Polanszky. Translinear Structures


English, German, 2015

Essays by Dieter Buchhart, Benedikt Ledebur, Rudolf Polanszky, Francesco Stocchi and Alexandra Schantl

Will be published at the end of May 2015.

Edited by Alexandra Schantl

Kerber Verlag, Bielefeld
Cover: Softcover with flaps, bound
Format: approx. 21,00 × 26,00 cm
Pages: ca. 296
Illustrations: with numerous illustrations
ISBN: 978-3-7356-0102-5

Since the mid-1970s, Vienna-based artist Rudolf Polanszky (b.1951) has followed a conceptual approach that methodically incorporates chance as a way of avoiding an intentionally constructed aesthetic. Characteristic works include the Schweinsfettzeichnungen (Lard Drawings) or Sprungfedernbilder (Coil Spring Pictures). At the same time, the artist created Super 8 films based on various experimental arrangements, which feature himself as both experimenter and protagonist. Since the 1990s, Polanszky has been working primarily with discarded materials that he assembles to create wall objects and large-scale sculptures. The spontaneous creation of a new structure by connecting pre-existing, already used materials (acrylic glass, foam, metal etc.) – “ad hoc synthesis,” as Polanszky calls it – is his preferred artistic method. It serves to realize purely abstract ideas that are inspired by aspects of mathematical theories, and yet it also creates new realities able to escape “the prison of biologistically adaptive sensory conditions.”