Kay Walkowiak »If Colors Could Speak«

06 If Colors Could Speak


Archival pigment print on Fine Art Photo Rag paper
Black wooden box frame
84.1 x 59.4 cm (33.1 x 23.4 inches)
Series of 10 works + 2 AP

1.600 Euro

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If Colors Could Speak, 2017

The central motif of the series If Colors Could Speak presents an architectural piece derived from the utopian planned city Chandigarh in India, conceived by Le Corbusier during the 1950s. A speaker’s podium, poured in concrete in a brutalist manner, floats as a futuristic relic of a failed Modernist utopia against the backdrop of a black void.

Using this dystopian fragment of the what remains of Chandigarh is today, Kay Walkowiak once more investigates into what originally was a euphoric design how people could live together. The colors employed individually across the pieces of the series are derived from a color palette, developed by Le Corbusier, suggesting a minimum of diversity and individual expression in an otherwise conformist societal vision. What if Colors Could Speak?











Kay Walkowiak

Kay Walkowiak (*1980 in Salzburg) lives and works in Vienna. His work comprises a complex mixture of installation, sculpture, video art and photography and combines conceptual and post minimal strategies. In many of his works the artist explores the historically and socio-culturally defined handling of form and questions its functional positioning as a projection surface for timeless utopias.

He studied Sculpture and Multimedia at the University of Applied Arts Vienna, Photography and Video Art at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna and Expanded Expression at the Zokei University in Tokyo. Kay Walkowiak has participated in various international group exhibitions since 2004, most recently at the HMKV (Hartware MedienKunstVerein) in Dortmund, in 2017. Solo exhibitions include the MAK – Museum of Applied Arts in Vienna, the Soulangh Art Space in Tainan, the Austrian Cultural Forum in New Delhi and the Node Gallery in Tokyo.

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