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Philip Topolovac

Philip Topolovac

Konzeptkunst, Photographie, Skulptur • Born in Würzburg, Germany • Studied at Universität der Künste, Berlin

what is left of reality?

The spirits of Felix-Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Knobelsdorff and other romanticists emanate from the neighboring cemetery. Philip recently moved into this studio, but his artistic involvement into past decades has been part of his work for a longer time.

Like an archeologist he examines plots in the city of Berlin to discover relics from destroyed houses from WWII. In his studio he gathers melted bottles, cracked vessels and even a...

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The spirits of Felix-Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Knobelsdorff and other romanticists emanate from the neighboring cemetery. Philip recently moved into this studio, but his artistic involvement into past decades has been part of his work for a longer time.

Like an archeologist he examines plots in the city of Berlin to discover relics from destroyed houses from WWII. In his studio he gathers melted bottles, cracked vessels and even a rusty Singer sewing machine, which he made run again.

For the smaller found items he builds containment units, resembling small bunkers. The "leftovers", which he calls "artefacts", thus mutate into precious items presented in reliquary shrines.

The other project he is working on is called "satellites". They look like models for huge spaceships, and are a new take on the "parasites" of some years ago. In contrast to the severe associations of the containment units, "satellites" intuit the creepy playfulness of a grown up child. We have some of those pieces in our collection and I have always been asking myself: "How is a hulk like Philip capable of doing such compartmentalized work?"

never been to Berghain; 2016; architectural model; cork, wood; 67 x 102 x 36 cm

never been to Berghain; 2016; architectural model; cork, wood; 67 x 102 x 36 cm

never been to Berghain at Mario Iannelli gallery in Rome

never been to Berghain at Mario Iannelli gallery in Rome

never been to Berghain; detail

never been to Berghain; detail

Sanctuary; 2015, model for cast iron sculpture; 136 x 45 x 65 cm

Sanctuary; 2015, model for cast iron sculpture; 136 x 45 x 65 cm

Sanctuary; 2015, model for cast iron sculpture; 136 x 45 x 65 cm

Sanctuary; 2015, model for cast iron sculpture; 136 x 45 x 65 cm

untitled; 2015; 2 bw photographs; print on barytha paper; each 72 x 92 cm

untitled; 2015; 2 bw photographs; print on barytha paper; each 72 x 92 cm

Envisat; 2014/ 15 sculpture; bronze; 52 x 38 x 24 cm (photograph: Sergio Belinchón)

Envisat; 2014/ 15 sculpture; bronze; 52 x 38 x 24 cm (photograph: Sergio Belinchón)

Eismeer; 2015, slideprojection, potcard; size variable

Eismeer; 2015, slideprojection, potcard; size variable

Phoenix; 2014, sculpture; found object , motor, pedestal; 129 x 20 x 62 cm

Phoenix; 2014, sculpture; found object , motor, pedestal; 129 x 20 x 62 cm

Kleinbunkereinheiten (containment units); 2013, concrete, wood, found objects from; each 50 x 40 x 45 cm

Kleinbunkereinheiten (containment units); 2013, concrete, wood, found objects from; each 50 x 40 x 45 cm

Kleinbunkereinheit, Detail

Kleinbunkereinheit, Detail

Kleinbunkereinheit, Detail

Kleinbunkereinheit, Detail

Scenic route; 2012- 2015; photographic series; each 50 x 60 cm

Scenic route; 2012- 2015; photographic series; each 50 x 60 cm

Scenic route; 2012- 2015; photographic series; each 50 x 60 cm

Scenic route; 2012- 2015; photographic series; each 50 x 60 cm

Scenic route; 2012- 2015; photographic series; each 50 x 60 cm

Scenic route; 2012- 2015; photographic series; each 50 x 60 cm

Scenic route; 2012- 2015; photographic series; each 50 x 60 cm

Scenic route; 2012- 2015; photographic series; each 50 x 60 cm

Scenic route; 2012- 2015; photographic series; each 50 x 60 cm

Scenic route; 2012- 2015; photographic series; each 50 x 60 cm

mapping; 2015, sculpture; moulds, steel, bolts; 360 x 320 x 210 cm (photograph: Sergio Belinchón)

mapping; 2015, sculpture; moulds, steel, bolts; 360 x 320 x 210 cm (photograph: Sergio Belinchón)

mapping; detail (photograph: Sergio Belinchón)

mapping; detail (photograph: Sergio Belinchón)

What is it about your studio space that inspires you?

It has a good size, nice and quiet; there is a huge library nearby; also the light is great with the windows facing north.

What sounds, scents and sights do you encounter while in your studio?

Depends on what I am doing.

What is your favourite material to work with? How has your use of it evolved throughout your practice?

Besides sculpting and building things, drawing is important. I am also interested in  rapid prottyping techniques and 3D printing.

What themes do you pursue?

I am generally interested in the interpretation and perception of reality. A lot of my works relate to fields like geology, technology, scifi or history

What advice has had the biggest impact on your career?

Inspiration exists, but it should meet you working- I think it is a quote by Picasso...a bit cheesy I admit - but still true

If you could only have one piece of art in your life, what would it be?

I go with „Turmbau zu Babel“, 1563 from Pieter Breugel the elder

What are your favourite places besides your studio?

Construction sites, wastelands etc. spaces, that are off the grid in an in urban context. This is where the fabric of reality becomes visible.


EXHIBITIONS

SOLO

2017

yesterday was dramatic

GROUP

2017

Neue schwarze Romantik

Auf der Schwelle

ArtOpen Brno

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AWARDS

Meisterschülerpreis des Präsidenten der UdK; 2009

MadArt artist award of the artfair, 2014

Elsa Neumannstipendium, 2009

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