Films before Revolution. Adrián Villar Rojas
The Argentine artist Adrián Villar Rojas (b. 1980) is already widely known because of his site-specific installations. With Films Before Revolution, an exhibition at the Museum Haus Konstruktiv, the focus, for the first time, is on Adrián Villar Rojas's multi-layered working method.
The painted-over photographs are at the beginning and end of artistic processes, within which they contribute to the formulation of coming works. In a setting specially developed for Museum Haus Konstruktiv, comprising furniture that has been deconstructed and (re-)constructed with additional elements, such as church-glass windows and neon tubes, the watercolors and reworked photographs are presented in an installational manner for the first time. They form the nucleus of an exhibition that refers to the previous ephemeral clay sculptures and the large-format sculptural installations from previous exhibitions, which without the respective preceding work processes, and without the painted-over photographs, would not have been conceivable.
The exhibition's accompanying publication records the intertwining of the various processes and inserts itself, as an autonomous artistic component, into a circular framework of working activity, artwork production, productive moments of chance, and arranged settings. For Villar Rojas, one important constant within this framework is the permanent reflection on his own artistic activity, and on how it affects his team of colleagues and the art scene.