Roman Ondak’s ‘Measuring the Universe’ installation was first seen in MOMA in New York in 2009 but surfaced last year at the TATE. It’s a simple, elegant, beautiful idea and typical of Ondak’s interactive work. The piece starts as a blank white room and over time evolves into a room with a strip of celestial black marks all around the gallery space. What you’re actually seeing in the images above are the marks of over 90,000 visitors that measured, marked and named themselves on the wall. This simple action slowly gives spectators a sense of space, of how much we take up in this vast universe, of physical occupied space as well as interconnectivity.
Simple idea. Wonderfully done and all made by the act of the spectator. This is only some of the reasons that Roman Ondak is widely regarded as one of the most important neo-conceptual artists working today. His work characterized by a minimal use of materials paired with a subtle humour.
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