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gelatin, Loch (Hole), 2013, mixed media. Installation view.

gelatin

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gelatin, Loch (Hole), 2013, mixed media. Installation view.

Once again, Austria’s leading art collective created a piece as magical as it was precise. Having come of age in the era of punk, gelatin (or Gelatin or, sometimes, gelitin)—Wolfgang Gantner, Ali Janka, Florian Reither, and Tobias Urban—avail themselves of provocative attitudes, nonconformist behavior, and gently buffered rebellion to pull unprecedented stunts. They use any means available; gelatin loves cross-references among painting, sculpture, and rock music, between architecture and sports, between performance and fashion, between event and discourse. As a result, they are probably among the most exciting acts today’s art world has to offer.

And once again, over the course of the six-day performance that began their exhibition “Loch” (Hole), gelatin delivered a masterpiece. In it they dispatched, once and for all, such trifles as Minimalism and Situationism; the Alps

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