Roman Onda. Guide
Eric Mangion, Hemma Schmutz, Andrea Viliani
Verlag Walther König, Köln, 2013
This attractive artist’s book presents a “guide” to works produced by Slovakian Conceptual artist Roman Ondák (born 1966) from 2007 to 2011. Organized by the city in which it was presented, each work is represented by photographic documentation and a brief description by a curator, journalist or fellow artist.
Ondák’s artistic production consists in an analysis of the several facets of daily life, in its less loud details and in its more ordinary aspects, which emerge from the blurry background to which they seem to be doomed. The artist catches imperceptible, invisible moments, actual “non-events”, which suddenly become visible and feasible thanks to slight changes or small gaps of the point of view. He strengthens the most innocent, common or familiar side of things putting into them an imaginative charge which works on many levels – aesthetic, social and political, visual, conceptual – and transforms our everyday scenario into a continuous source of wonder.