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View of “Roman Ondák,” 2014. From left: Third Way, 2013; Mailbox, 2013.

Roman Ondák

Galerie Martin Janda

View of “Roman Ondák,” 2014. From left: Third Way, 2013; Mailbox, 2013.

Art lovers expecting the unexpected were amply rewarded by Roman Ondák’s recent exhibition “Erased Wing Mirror.” The Slovakian artist is a master illusionist; he famously made an entire Venice Biennale pavilion vanish into thin air, and once organized a fake queue to make it seem as if a vast public were waiting to view his work. This time he unsettled visitors with a nimble sideways move that took him beyond the bounds of such immaterial artistic gestures.

Mailbox, 2013, a large-format oil painting on the gallery’s main wall, depicts a radiant, lushly green landscape: mountains, a river, and a dam under construction. Set into the left half is a sort of wood inlay, to which a piece of triangular pipe painted a rusty red has been mounted. For another work, also called Mailbox but dated 2014, Ondák combined a length of white pipe with a round tabletop and a map of Central Europe.

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