Bucharest

Vlatka Horvat, Bent Double, 2018, concrete, metal and PVC pipes, foam and PVC tubes, insulation tape. Installation view. Photo: Miluta Flueras.

Vlatka Horvat, Bent Double, 2018, concrete, metal and PVC pipes, foam and PVC tubes, insulation tape. Installation view. Photo: Miluta Flueras.

Vlatka Horvat

GAEP

The poetic gestures in Vlatka Horvat’s exhibition “Supporting Objects” made visible the traces of the absent artist’s body while responding to the elegant interior of Eastwards Prospectus, a gallery set in a nineteenth-century villa that strikes a sumptuous, bourgeois note far from a white-cube or industrial ambience. The gallery’s three rooms each featured an installation incorporating one or more wooden tables, or parts thereof, many rescued from Bucharest flea markets and bearing marks of their previous use; several had been patched together out of different kinds of wood, witness to alterations or recycling.

Counterpoise Table (all works cited, 2018) delivered a lesson on balance and stability. Six thin wooden planks were placed so that they dangled off one side of a table; resting atop each of them were several objects, including a spool of red and white thread, a found plastic bird,

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