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Tobias Putrih at Boston University

  • Room 303 808 Commonwealth Avenue Boston, MA 02446 (map)

Tobias Putrih deals with artworks as proposals, maquettes, or models-exploratory assertions of radical possibilities, the idea of the monument re-conceptualized as something momentary and experimental. His practice engages the 20th century avant-gardes, particularly utopian and visionary concepts of architecture and design, through a range of conceptual and materially ephemeral projects. He designs makeshift architectural modifications of public spaces-cinemas, a library, galleries, and university commons-constructing temporary environments out of paper, cardboard, plywood, monofilament, and light. Sculptures are made of fugitive materials such as soap bubble membranes, or through precise handling of everyday manufactured materials like Styrofoam and cardboard. His sculptures are products of precisely specified processes while responding to their sites; some sculptures are problematized as furniture to be moved and inhabited, privileging bodily engagement over vision. 

He had solo exhibitions at Museum Boijmans Van Beunigen, Rotterdam; the Wexner Center, Columbus; MIT List Center, Cambridge; and Espace315 at Centre Pompidou, Paris. His work was included in group exhibitions, TRACK, S.M.A.K., Ghent; Forms of Resistance, VanAbbe Museum, Eindhoven; Manifesta 4, Frankfurt; and the 29th Sao Paulo Biennale. In 2007, he represented Slovenia at the Venice Biennale.