Afterform, 2013

Basel 2015
Georg Kargl Fine Arts
David Maljkovic Afterform, 2013 Painted plywood plinth, projector stand, single slide projection, collaged inkjet prints mounted on alucore in aluminium frame 160 x 366 x 194 cm collage: 150 x 100 cm The collages, films, and architectural mises-en-scènes of Croatian artist David Maljković (born 1973) are well-known for its sophisticated use of aesthetic and display strategies, his interest in codes of exhibition set-ups, and his concern with the relationship between form and content. Maljkovic's artisitc approach counts the inclusion of research, as well as the interweaving of past, future, and present. The work "Afterform" uses a plinth that is placed around a pillar of the gallery space as basis for its composition. On one side of the wall, a single slide projection continuously displays a snippet of Maljkovic's earlier photocollage "Retired Form". On the other side of the pillar, a collage leans against the wall. It is made up of a ripped inkjet print showing several earlier works by Maljkovic placed on top of each other. As such the artist reconsiders anew his works for the present day and evokes his past engagement with form. David Maljković has had numerous international solo exhibitions, e.g. at Palais de Tokyo (2014), LOK Kunstmuseum St. Gallen (2014), BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead (2013), GAMeC, Bergamo (2013), CAC Vilnius (2013), Van Abbemuseum Eindhoven (2012), Secession Vienna (2011), Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb (2011), Centre Pompidou, Paris (2010), Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid (2009), Istanbul Biennal (2009), Berlin Biennale (2008), London’s Whitechapel Art Gallery (2007),  Kunstverein Hamburg (2007) Artists Space New York (2007). Currently, his work is on show in the main pavilion at Venice Biennial 2015 (where Maljkovic develops his recent collages further into the sculptural realm considering display strategies) and at the group exhibition "Scenes for a New Heritage" at MoMA, New York. His work is represented in the collections of e.g. Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein; mumok, Vienna; Tate Collection, London; Centre Pompidou, Paris; MoMA, New York; Ludwig Museum of Contemporary Art, Budapest; and Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam.