Roman Ondák

Roman Ondák's 'Measuring the Universe' (2007). Ondák’s celebrated work Measuring the Universe (2007) begins with an empty gallery space. Equipped with a black felt tip marker, gallery attendants mark the height, name and date of each visitor who enters the space. As the blank walls transform into a universe of marks, a dense, dark mass congregates at the average height of participants, transforming a common family tradition into a portrait of Parramatta.

Roman Ondák’s ‘Measuring the Universe’ (2007). The work begins with an empty gallery space. Equipped with a black felt tip marker, gallery attendants mark the height, name and date of each visitor who enters the space. As the blank walls transform into a universe of marks, a dense, dark mass congregates at the average height of participants, transforming a common family tradition into a portrait. Described as “a constellation of stars,” and a “growing living art work.” (more about it in the video below). Roman Ondák is an artist whose reputation is for works “so subtle, many people don’t know they are there at all”, according to Britain’s Tate museum. ‘MEASURING THE UNIVERSE’ AND TWO OTHER ONDAK’S WORKS WILL BE PRESENTED IN JANUARY 2014 IN SYDNEY, AS PART OF THE SYDNEY FESTIVAL AND ORGANISED BY KALDOR PUBLIC ART PROJECTS. 

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