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Vadim Fiškin, Don Quixote Pact, 2010–12, wind turbine generator, electric fans, fiberglass, 7' 5/8“ x 13' 1 1/2” x 7' 6 1/2".

Vadim Fiškin

Galerija Gregor Podnar

Vadim Fiškin, Don Quixote Pact, 2010–12, wind turbine generator, electric fans, fiberglass, 7' 5/8“ x 13' 1 1/2” x 7' 6 1/2".

Vadim Fiškin makes art. “Well,” you might ask, “so what else is new?” As empty as the statement may sound, it really encapsulates Fiškin’s practice: His objects and installations look as simple and blunt as that sentence, and they are similarly mystifying. The works featured in his recent show “Light Matters 2” are little ontological riddles, impossibilities, feats of logic-defying causality, at once images and reflections on imagemaking and its conditions. The installation miss Christmas, 2012, for example, is nothing but the shadow of a black palm tree growing out of a paint can. But there’s a disconnect: We clearly see both the real can filled with black paint and its ghostly analogue, but where is the palm tree that seems to be casting its shadow on the wall, an image that sways gently to and fro before our eyes? Why do we not feel the breeze? Object and shadow, material and

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