Submission
Mara Novak

Duct Tape Love Affair


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Mara Novak,“Industry Sodium”,2021, Foam material, paper, duct tape, photo paper, magnets, 200x400x10cm
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Mara Novak,“Natural Density”,2021, Foam material, photo paper, magnets, lee-filter, 200x100x16 cm
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Mara Novak, “Marine Blue”, 2021, Foam material, photo paper, lee-filter, magnets, duct tape, glas,
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Mara Novak, 2021
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Mara Novak, “Hampshire Rose”, 2021, Foam material, photo paper, lee-filter, 123x167x40 cm
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Mara Novak, “Spring Yellow”,2021, Foam material, photo paper, magnets, 57x100x3 cm
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Mara Novak, “Lime Green”, 2021, Display frame: Paper, photo paper an alu-dibond, duct tape, lee-filter, glas, 64x80 cm
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Mara Novak, 2021
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Mara Novak, “Light Rose”, 2021, Foam material, photo paper, lee-filter, 77x55x14 cm
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Mara Novak, detail "industry sodium", 2021,
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Mara Novak, detail "industry sodium", 2021
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Mara Novak, “Special Steel Blue”, 2021, Foam material, photo paper, lee-filter, magnets, glas, 40x80x14 cm
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Mara Novak, “Burnt Yellow”, 2021, Foam material, photo paper, 90x50x24 cm
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Mara Novak, Display frame: “Waterfront Green”, 2021, Display frame: Paper, photo paper an alu-dibond, duct tape, lee-filter, glas, 64x80 cm ; Display Sculpture: “Pale Lavender”, 2021, Foam material, photo paper, 100x35x14 cm
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Mara Novak, Detail “Marine Blue”, 2021, Foam material, photo paper, lee-filter, magnets, duct tape, glas
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Mara Novak, Detail “Marine Blue”, 2021, Foam material, photo paper, lee-filter, magnets, duct tape, glas
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Mara Novak, Detai “Spring Yellow”, 2021, Foam material, photo paper, magnets, 57x100x3 cml
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Mara Novak, Detail “Hampshire Rose”, 2021, Foam material, photo paper, lee-filter, 123x167x40 cm

With the help of a replica of Bildraum07 in a 1:10 model, using direct exposures, various photo papers and a few rolls of duct tape, Mara Novak creates abstract camera obscura images of the exhibition space using her atelier as the motif. She translates those photographs into so-called “display sculptures”. Mara Novak’s work refers to the work in the darkroom: The building of the model, the negative-image-process, specific exposure times and the filters used to give the photo papers different colors and shades.
In addition to the architectural exploration of space, the artist’s approach is always experimentally motivated. The results are works in which the tension between control and the unpredictable manifests itself. Nothing is suggested, attributed or dreamed of, no concept or statement is put into the work. The exhibition is a preoccupation with what is already there. It challenges us to get involved in this different presence and readability, this different embodiment and performance of images.