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Windows on Madison

WINDOWS ON MADISON - Public space art project. Facade of the building of the Permanent Mission of the Czech Republic to the United Nations, 1109 Madison Avenue, NYC. On view through November 30, 2011

The project "Pockets" by Dominik Lang, an artist currently representing the Czech Republic in the 54th Venice Biennial 2011 is next in the series of presentations “Windows on Madison.” 

The project focuses on art in public space and is organized by the Czech Center New York, the cultural institute of the Czech Republic. "Windows on Madison" consisting of banners can be seen on the façade of the building of the Czech Permanent Mission to the UN, just one block away from the Metropolitan Museum, until the end of November.

Dominik Lang created a series of photographs that examines the mechanism of creating an identity by capturing the content of his pockets, in this case from February 27, 2007 during his stay in New York. A worn out wallet, keys, screw and coins, as they are taken out of his pockets, reveal the intimacy of his personal world while at the same time are also universal.

The artist states: "Organized into several set ups according to their temporary locations in different parts of my clothes, this bizarre archive of personal items attempts to construct the image of a person and his daily activities. The result is several still-lifes, random private discoveries in which the key to the selection of the objects is not their unifying aesthetic, size or function."   

The Czech Center New York recently organized an open call for Czech artists for the project "Windows on Madison” that focuses on the presentation of art engaged in cultural and socio-political issues. The winner of the juried competition was Tereza Severova with her project "Blind Spots" that examines the cognitive issues of  reality and perception. Severova will present her project in New York at the beginning of December.