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PHANTOMAK - The First Hit.

Category: Artwork, Performance 10. September 2010

"The First Hit of PHANTOMAK: The Ear Problem. No Problem."
Masquerade, demasquerade, illusion, delusion, covering, decovering, position, superposition, appearance, constellation. CastYourArt presents the first series of works of the PHANTOMAK project by TOMAK (painting, collage, grafic) and Alek Kawka (photography). Exhibition: September 14 until October 8, 2010 | Mo-Fr | 12p.m. – 5p.m. Opening: September 13 6p.m.

For CastYourArt, TOMAK creates the sculpture series PHANTOMAK. 10 individual busts (PHANTOMAK, Hard Licker, Night Rider, ...), TOMAK’s head, scanned in 3D, cut out by a milling robot of the Vienna University of Technology at the Institute of Art and Design, and processed by the artist. Objects at the limits of the possible.

„When I heard that the ear poses the biggest challenge for technicians as well as for computers and robots, due to its shape and its way of growing out of the head, it suddenly dawned on me. For a long time, the ear has had a recurrent leading role in my artistic endeavors. Therefore I concluded that a special series of artworks should be made dealing with the “ear-problem”.

The First Hit of PHANTOMAK:
As a first step towards the „heads“, the ears were created as prototypes. Paralleling the various working processes leading to the ear as an object, the artist produces drawings. In this way a series containing 20 works comes into being, in which TOMAK dissects the project PHANTOMAK and literally shows us cutouts. The ear problem becomes an exhibition on its own: „The Ear Problem. No Problem. “

Alek Kawka:
The artist Alek Kawka accompanies the project PHANTOMAK with her photographs. For the exhibition „The Ear Problem. No Problem“, she reflects upon the creation of the sculpture series PHANTOMAK with photographs of her own that undergo a special treatment. Due to the used processing technique, the photographs acquire a spatial dimension, in analogy to TOMAK’s first big leap into the realm of sculpture. (wh/t/ca)

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