Nadim Vardag

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Untitled, 2012
Duraclear on acryl,
50 x 75 cm

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Untitled, 2012
Inkjet Print, Duraclear, Acrylglas
70 x 50 cm

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Untitled, 2012
charcoal and pencil on paper
70 x 50 cm

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Untitled, 2012
charcoal and pencil on paper
70 x 50 cm

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Untitled, 2012
wood, table bases
219 x 600 x 400 cm

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Untitled, 2012
video, 5 min

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Untitled, 2012
wood, aluminium, ink
90 x 150 x 150 cm

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Untitled, 2012
wood, aluminium, ink, glas
112 x 100 x 100 cm

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Untitled, 2012
wood, aluminium, ink, glas
65 x 100 x 100 cm

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Untitled, 2012
wood, aluminium, ink, glas
90 x 100 x 100 cm

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Untitled, 2011
aluminium, fabric
250 x 125 x 250 cm

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Untitled, 2010
posder-coated steel, 13 fluorescent tubes
300 x 352,5 x 150 cm

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Untitled, 2011
Tischlerplatten mit Papier beschichtet, Tischgestelle
200 x 600 x 72,5 cm

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excerpt (asphalt), 2006
DVD, 10 sec. looped, ed. 5 + 1 AP

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excerpt (catpeople), 2005
DVD, 3 sec. looped, ed. 5 + 1 AP

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excerpt (the void), 2006
Wood, window, 50 fluorescent tubes
105 x 92 x 250 cm

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Screen, 2006
41 fluorescent tubes, wood blackboard, 1 relay switch
250 x 213 x 213 cm

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Untitled, 2009
Table bases, fabric
675 x 360 x 312 cm

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Untitled, 2007
Wood blackboard, pencil drawings, glass
213 x 160 x 213 cm

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Untitled, 2007
Screenprint
64 x 46 cm

Nadim Vardag

How do media image productions work, what structural and compositional principles do they follow and how are our perceptions dependent on illusion and reality? These questions are posed by Nadim Vardag (born in 1980) when he analyzes recurrent patterns and basic structures of film and cinema production and divorces them from their plot contests. Vardag is interested in the constructions and mechanisms of affect generation, imitates them in models and experimental orders, explores them in drawings, and installationally or -sculpturally formulated objects. The repertoire, based on film, the montage of structurally familiar techniques and binding motifs, that through their repeating use become as it were archetypical symbols, are the foundation from which he creates. Flickering lights, overexposed windows, slowly opening doors are motifs that suggest spookiness and the uncanny and play an important role in the building up tension in film. The artist smuggles in the knowledge about the creatability of illusion and desire be accomplices in the experimental arrangement and lets these components play a role of their own. Without showing film, Vardag communicates the feeling of filmic experience, marked by unfulfilled attitude of expectation he presents the event-like element on film, whose plot and end remain open for their own references and questions.

Nadim Vardag had solo shows for example at the Kunstmuseum St. Gallen (2012), the Kunstverein Medienturm Graz (2011), the Augarten Contemporary, Belvedere, Vienna (2010) and took part in group shows held at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Berlin (2012), the Kunstverein Hamburger Bahnhof (2010), the Künstlerhaus Stuttgart (2008) and the Generali Foundation, Vienna (2006).