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Containment Unit 4 | Philip Topolovac | available artwork

Philip Topolovac

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Containment Unit 4

Sculpture
MDF, concrete, neon lighting, found gas mask
2013
53 x 43 cm | 20,9 x 16,9 inch
Offered by: Artitious | Berlin, Germany

4.000,00 € (+ VAT, Insurance & Shipping)

Editor's Notes


For several years, Philip Topolovac has been collecting WWII-era found objects from building sites in Berlin. His collection includes household items, glass objects, and military equipment, all unearthed from among the rubble. Topolovac deals with the production and presentation of the artefacts in installations and photographs. His sculptures, based on fundamental geometric forms and with a hint of constructivism, contrast as a background to the deformed objects. His Containment Units thus become a mixture of reliquary shrine and bunker – they close off the objects in a protective housing and only allow them to be viewed through a small hole. With direct access cut off, they are both transfigured and isolated. In this way, the containment units become a place where our imagining of a now incomprehensible past confronts the surprising presence of that past’s vestiges in an alienated present.

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